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Nottingham Trent University Announce PhD Studentship in Lean Construction: Institutionalised Waste within the Construction Industry, UK

Study Subject: Lean Construction- Institutionalised Waste within the Construction Industry
Employer:  Nottingham Trent University
Level: PhD
Description: The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University has an ambitious development strategy which allows us to offer an exciting opportunity for a PhD Studentship. The studentships will pay UK/EU fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590 per annum for 2011/12) for up to three years.  This project is part of a portfolio of research being undertaken within the newly formed Centre for Lean Projects at NTU. The successful candidate will join an international team of doctoral researchers and will have access to the collaborating construction industry partners in the UK.
Waste, as understood in Lean thinking, doesn’t feature in modern construction economics or management theory. These fail to recognise the imperfect systems in which entities not only operate inefficiently but additionally protect themselves by adding contingency and behaving opportunistically. The effect of these practices is to embed inefficient and wasteful processes across the supply chain and throughout the project life cycle, consequently they have become part of the institution of the construction industry – “the way it does business”.

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Application Deadline: 15 April 2011.

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