Improving the competence of construction management consultants to underpin sustainable construction in China

Shi, Liguo, Ye, Kunhui, Lu, Weisheng, & Hu, Xin (2014) Improving the competence of construction management consultants to underpin sustainable construction in China. Habitat International, 41, pp. 236-242.

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Abstract

As a vital component of construction professional services (CPS), construction management consultancy is in nature knowledge-intensive and client-tailored. Although recent studies have acknowledged the increasing role of this subsector of CPS in the attainment of sustainable construction, little attention has been given to the education and training of its main body, namely construction management consultants (CMCs). This study investigated the competence and knowledge structure of CMCs by taking China as an example. Using the methods of interview and questionnaire survey, three key competences of CMCs and the underpinned knowledge structure were identified. The identified competences are personnel quality, onsite practical skills, and continuing professional learning. Underpinned these competences are the knowledge structure composed of a number of disciplines including construction cost planning and control, civil engineering and construction, engineering contract and law, and construction project management. The research findings lay a solid foundation for future studies to probe into the role of construction management consultants in the area of sustainable construction.

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ID Code: 86110
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable construction, Constructional professional services, Knowledge structure, Construction education
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.08.002
ISSN: 0197-3975
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2015 00:16
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2015 01:40

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