A Structured Literature Review And Comparative Analysis Of Similarities And Differences Of Value Stream Mapping

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STRUCTURED LITERATURE REVIEW AND COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES OF VALUE STREAM MAPPING IN CONSTRUCTION AND MAFUCTURING INDUSTRY

A Thesis by Yaxu li

Submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies of
Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Chair of Committee, Jos? L. Fern?ndez-Sol?s
Committee Members, Sarel?Lavy Rodney Hill Head of Department, Joseph P. Horlen

August 2015

Major Subject: Construction Management

Copyright 2015 Yaxu Li

Abstract

For the past few years, almost every manufacturing or service industry has been trying to apply lean. The tools that enable elimination in construction industry are equally important
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Finally, thanks to my beloved parents, my grandparents for their encouragement and unconditional supports that help me go through my master program.
Nomenclature
Definitions
Lean manufacturing: a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. (Liker, 2004)
Value Stream: the sequence of activities required to design, produce, and deliver a good or service to a customer; includes the dual flows of information and material (Womack & Jones, 1996).
Value Stream Mapping: a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer (Rother & Shook, 2003).
Push Flow: a production system in which every process attempts to produce the maximum amount of units possible, pushing its production downstream regardless of what is being demanded by its client process. Moreover, the optimizations are local and they are done regardless of the consequences inn the whole value stream
Pull Flow: a production system in which every process produces only what the next one requires. The processes are pulling units from upstream production.
Inventory: the work in progress generated by an activity. It will stand
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