Lean design management Edited by Stephen Emmitt, Routledge, New York, NY, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84971-431-0, $95.95 (hb)
The fields of design management and lean construction appear to be developing independently. This volume brings together a number of papers to argue that lean thinking should be integral to design management in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The publication brings together a variety of perspectives on lean design management from authors located in four continents; Africa, South America, Australasia and Europe. Themes covered include: lean thinking and flexible building solutions; quality and flow of information in fourteen sub-projects of a major airport project; Ghanaian consultants’ perspective on process waste; target costing and its application to social housing projects in Brazil; concept of ‘first’ and ‘last’ value, drawing on social housing projects in Chile; development of a lean design management model specifically for remote sites. The papers offer a mix of theoretical materials and empirical research findings, providing a unique insight into aspects of lean design management.