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Integration of Lean in an Engineering Consultancy Firm’s Way of Approaching Projects
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During the past years more and more industries have implemented lean which for long has been a well-known concept in the production industry. A lot of research shows promising results for companies that implements it and lately new lean concepts has emerged, such as lean healthcare, lean construction and lean service. However, even though it seems to be very beneficial to work with lean a lot of companies and industries are still not doing it. One of those industries is engineering consultancy firms and since it seems to be a lot of advantages it could be interesting to investigate why. Perhaps lean is not suitable for all industries or maybe some companies just do not have the time and resources to implement it.

Engineering consultancy firms work with technologically advanced projects on behalf of clients. This research therefore aims to investigate if principles within lean could be adapted to fit an engineering consultancy firm and if those adapted principles could adjust the difficulties that exist in that sort of business’s way to approach projects.

This research began with a literature study to find out more about lean and project management. The study was conducted at an engineering consultancy firm. To be able to identify existing problem areas interviews were held with some of the consultants at that company. The problem areas were then analyzed together with an expert on lean. Based on that analysis, findings in the literature and the results from the interviews with the consultants a second analysis was conducted. The results from the research and second analysis were then discussed and a number of conclusions could be made. The conclusion of this research is that the principles need to be adapted to the engineering consultancy firm where they are supposed to be implemented. An

engineering consultancy firm could integrate lean in their way to approach projects, but it is in the same time important that they keep their flexibility to be able to meet the customer’s requirements.

In the end of the thesis there are some recommendations to the company on what they should focus on and what principles they should implement. Examples of this are standards, pulse meetings and reuse of knowledge.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 85 p.
Keyword [en]
Lean Project Management, Approaching a project, Project model, Engineering consultancy firm
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-154555OAI: diva2:757673
Available from: 2014-11-05 Created: 2014-10-23 Last updated: 2014-11-05Bibliographically approved

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