A holistic review of off-site construction literature published between 2008 and 2018

Ruoyu Jin, Shang Gao, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo

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Off-site construction (i.e., OSC) has become an emerging research domain in the recent decade. Through a three-step holistic review approach incorporating bibliometric search, scientometric analysis, and in-depth qualitative discussion, this study contributes to the body of knowledge in OSC by critically reviewing and summarizing: 1) the latest research keywords and main research topics in OSC; 2) the performance of OSC compared to that of conventional construction approach; 3) current research gaps in integrating OSC with other emerging construction concepts; and 4) future research directions in OSC. OSC is a domain that can be extended to cross-disciplinary research from the perspectives of engineering, management, and technology. Existing research have been focusing on many research disciplines, such as structural behaviors and joint connections of prefabricated components, scheduling and planning of off-site activities, as well as performance evaluation of OSC. However, further research is needed in integrating the emerging digital construction technology, integrated project delivery method, lean construction, and issues of sustainability of OSC. There are still limited studies linking OSC to the concept of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly. Future research should also adopt a larger database and allow for comprehensive evaluation of OSC performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1219
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018


  • Literature review
  • Off-site construction (OSC)
  • Prefabrication
  • Science mapping
  • Scientometric analysis


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