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Book Review Guidelines

Book Reviews

We welcome unsolicited book reviews from reviewers who have an expertise in Lean Construction and wish to review books that would be of interest to both practitioners and academics.

Suggestions of books relevant to the aims of the Journal that you would like to see reviewed. Please email the editors

Books for review please send a copy to each of the editors for their addresses click here

Book Review Guidelines: In preparing a review manuscript, authors should be mindful of the scope and aim of the Lean Construction Journal. Reviews should provide readers with an appreciation of the coverage, content, and conclusions of the book/article being reviewed, and discuss its methodology and purpose and its intended audience. The review should aid the reader in deciding whether the work presented in the book is of sufficient value or importance to warrant a more thorough study.

In 2000 words or less, a review should provide the following – (Source: The Writing Center, Central Missouri State University):

  1. Information necessary to direct the reader to the book, such as author, title, place of publication, publisher, and date of publication.
  2. The substance of the book: With what problem does the author deal? What thesis is set forth in relation to this problem? How does the author(s) develop this thesis or theme and what conclusions are reached as a result of the research? Is the thesis being presented/tested/proven valid in light of the conclusion? (In other words, provide your reader with the essence of the work, not a blow by blow account of its contents.).
  3. A critique of the book: Do you feel that the book is significant in terms of the problem confronted and the conclusions reached? Does the author present and deal with the problem in a scholarly fashion, i.e., are conclusions valid in light of the evidence at hand; are presentations and conclusions colored by a bias of any type? What sort of sources does the author use? Is the book organized in a coherent, logical, literate fashion? Is it readable? Does the book appear to have been intended for the mature scholar, the experience practitioner, the student, or the general public? Would you recommend the book to others? Why or why not? How has the book been reviewed by other scholars?

Planned/Completed Book Reviews

Books received Status
Mascitelli, Ronald (2004). The Lean Design Guidebook: everything your product development team needs to slash manufacturing cost Complete (vol1 #1)
Association for Project Management (2003). Project Management PathwaysAssociation for Project Management ISBN-9999980724 Review in preparation
Cunningham, Ian, Graham Dawes and Ben Bennett (2004). The Handbook of Work Based Learning. Gower Publishing Review in preparation
Best, Rick and Gerard de Valence (2004). Building in Value: Pre-Design Issues.Butterworth Review in preparation
Cain, Clive Thomas (2004). Profitable Partnering for Lean Construction. Blackwell Publishing Review in preparation
Cooper, Rachel, Ghassan Aouad, Angela Lee, Song Wu, Andrew Fleming, Michael Kagioglou (2004). Process Management in Design and Construction. Blackwell Publishing Review in preparation
Green, Stuart, Robert Newcombe, Scott Fernie, Stephanie Weller (2004). Learning across Business Sectors: Sharing Knowledge between Aerospace and Construction University of Reading. Review in preparation
Diekmann, J. E., Krewedl, M., Balonick, J., Stewart, T., and Won, S. (2004). Application Of Lean Manufacturing Principles To Construction. CII Report- The University of Texas at Austin project team 191. Review in preparation
Woudhuysen, James and Ian Abley (2004). Why is construction so backward. Wiley Academy Review in preparation
Cain, Clive Thomas (2004) Building Down Barriers Review in preparation
Harrison, Frederick and Dennis Lock (2004). Advanced Project Management: A structured approach 4e. Gower Publishing ISBN-0566078228 Historic PM no review*
Lock, Dennis (2004). Project Management in Construction. Gower Publishing/CITB-Construction Skills ISBN 0566083123 Historic PM no review*
Webb, Alan (2003). The Project Managers guide to handling risk. Gower Publishing ISBN-0566085712 Historic PM no review*
* we will not normally review books that present a historic approach to project and construction management (see the Editors note in vol1 #1).

Books requested

  • Bennett, John and Andrew Baird (2004). NEC and Partnering: The guide to building winning teams. Thomas Telford
  • Best, Rick and Gerard de Valence (2005). Building in Value: Pre-Design Issues. Butterworth
  • Bower, Denise (ed) (2004). Procurement and Construction Management. Thomas Telford
  • Thorpe, Brian and Peter Sumner (2004). Quality Management in Construction. Gower Publishing/CITB-Construction Skills

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