The journey of exploring ‘construction as biological cells’ for improving construction quality: articulating the research paradigm

Abeysekera, Vasantha and Shelke, Mayur (2018) The journey of exploring ‘construction as biological cells’ for improving construction quality: articulating the research paradigm. In: 10th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-10) , 2-4 July 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka .

Abstract

This study reports the journey of using a novel approach of using the simile construction as biological-cells in order to find a better approach for managing quality in cellular-construction. Ontological and epistemological issues regarding are discussed choosing postmodernism as a basis for comprehending reality, thereby creating knowledge by applying logic (reason) to questions in order to develop justified beliefs. Intuitive and reflective inferences have been made throughout when using simile as when synthesising the Readiness-Growth-Rest model and associated concepts. The approach adopted for such synthesis is explained through using another simile, namely, methodology as spiral. This study advocates the use of the simile (cum metaphor) approach for exploring solutions to perennial problems. Challenges encountered in the use of similes are explained including how these could be used for advancing the notion of theory as scientific practice.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2018 by CITC-10, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, or by any means without written permission from the editors.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 03:10
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 05:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: cell, metaphorical analysis, production management, quality management, simile
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35051

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