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Title: Using the IKEA model and virtual prototyping technology to improve construction process management
Authors: Li, H 
Guo, H
Skibniewski, MJ
Skitmore, M
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Source: Construction management and economics, Sept. 2008, v. 26, no. 9, p. 991-1000
Abstract: Learning from manufacturing industries is a useful approach to improving the productivity of the construction industry and to solve problems arising from construction processes. Through the use of virtual prototyping (VP) technology, the lean production process engaged in the IKEA business model (IKEA model) is studied and implemented in a real-life construction project. Specifically, based on the analysis of the IKEA model, the IKEA model can be applied to optimize construction processes and simplify management activities. A case study is analysed to demonstrate the improvement of construction process management through using the VP-IKEA approach.
Keywords: IKEA model
Site operations
Virtual prototyping
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: Construction management and economics 
ISSN: 0144-6193
EISSN: 1466-433X
DOI: 10.1080/01446190802290477
Rights: © 2008 by Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in H. Li, et al. (2008), Construction Management and Economics, 26(9), 991-1000. Construction Management and Economics is available online at, the open URL of the article:
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