Lean Construction and Organizational Knowledge Creation

Bianca T. Trentin1 & Bernardo M. B. S. Etges2

1M.Sc. Eng. Student, Lean Construction Consultant, Climb Consulting Group, University of Rio dos Sinos, Porto Alegre, Brazil, [email protected],
2PhD Candidate, M.Sc. Eng., Founding-Partner at Climb Consulting Group, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, [email protected],


It is essential for the construction industry to continuously create new knowledge, aiming at innovation and maintaining competitiveness. As for Lean Construction in addition to improving construction processes, the characteristic inherent in its implementation is that of creating collaborative, interdisciplinary moments with a high level of information sharing, which shows the great potential of the methodology for the creation of knowledge. This article sets out to analyze how people participating in Lean Construction implementation projects see the potential of Lean Construction for creating knowledge. To do so, in addition to a thorough review of the literature on the subject, the results of a form-based survey conducted with six Brazilian construction companies, partners of a consultancy company, are presented. The results show that everyone surveyed agrees that Lean Construction increases the sharing of information between people, the creation of improvement actions for projects, and finally, knowledge creation for the company. This perception is sharper in people who occupy management positions than in those in operational positions. Also, the present study concludes that the most effective way to generate organizational knowledge in Lean Construction implementation projects is to combine tools, methods and training that make use of both tacit and explicit knowledge.


Lean construction, tacit knowledge, explicit knowledge, learning, knowledge creation.



Trentin, B. T. & Etges, B. M. B. S. 2021, 'Lean Construction and Organizational Knowledge Creation' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 299-308

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