The futures of construction management research

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Harty, C. and Leiringer, R. (2017). The futures of construction management research. Construction Management and Economics. 35 (7), pp. 392-403. https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2017.1306089
AuthorsHarty, C. and Leiringer, R.
Abstract

Construction management is an internationally recognized area of research with an established and growing community of academics. It has grown from largely “research consultancy” activities to additionally attracting significant amounts of academic research funding and has, partially, moved away from its applied, engineering dominated origins to increasingly engage with, and contribute to, mainstream academic debates in business and management, economics and the social sciences. It has, as such, become an academic field in its own right. However, recent dynamics within both university institutions and national economies are changing the landscape of construction management research (CMR). A blurring of traditional university boundaries, reprioritization of research funding and increasing emphasis on national and international rankings have led to increased pressure on individual academics and the community they constitute. Drawing on scenario development we ask what, in the face of a turbulent environment, might the futures of CMR be? Four potential futures for CMR are outlined, depicted as four potential scenarios: convergence, retrenchment, disappearance and hybridization. These describe potential outcomes from the institutional dynamics currently at play. The intention is neither to predict the future, nor to prioritize one scenario over another, but to open a debate on the institutional pressures the field is facing, and what the outcomes might be

Year2017
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Journal citation35 (7), pp. 392-403
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1466-433X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2017.1306089
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Print28 Mar 2017
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Accepted09 Mar 2017
Deposited31 Oct 2022
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on 17/03/2017, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2017.1306089

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