Underlying knowledge of construction management consultants in China

Hu, Xin, Xia, Bo, Ye, Kunhui, & Skitmore, Martin (2016) Underlying knowledge of construction management consultants in China. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 142(2), e04015015.

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To meet clients/owners’ multidimensional and changing requirements, construction management consultants (CMCs) ought to possess a diverse and dynamic knowledge structure. In China, although the population of CMCs has grown to the point of their being indispensable in the industry, their knowledge structure has not been explored explicitly. The study presented in this paper investigated this by first conducting a comprehensive content analysis of the curricula of the highest ranked construction management university courses in China. This was followed by in-depth interviews with experts, resulting in the identification of 22 main knowledge areas that can be grouped into technology, economy, management and law. A questionnaire survey was then conducted among 115 experienced CMCs to evaluate the current level of knowledge in these areas together with their importance and need-for-improvement. The main findings demonstrate the significance of the identified 22 knowledge areas, and they also need substantial improvement in practice. The research has practical implications for China's CMCs to develop necessary knowledge and the extent to which they need to be improved to provide a better quality of services in future.

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ID Code: 89141
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Construction professional services, Construction management consultants, Knowledge structure, Education, Training, China
ISSN: 1943-5541
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 ASCE
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2015 23:13
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 03:23

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