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A selection of research monographs from across the built environment.

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Making Sense of Innovation in the Built Environment

Making Sense of Innovation in the Built Environment

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Natalya Sergeeva
December 19, 2018

This book offers a new understanding of innovation in project-based firms. It argues that a sensemaking approach is a useful means for explaining innovation and has important implications for policy makers, project managers, academics and students. Through a longitudinal research study into...

Sustainable Design and Construction in Africa: A System Dynamics Approach

Sustainable Design and Construction in Africa: A System Dynamics Approach

1st Edition

Oluwaseun Dosumu, Clinton Aigbavboa
August 30, 2018

This book addresses some of the countless challenges faced by developing countries when adopting sustainable design and construction and offers suggestions for the way forward for African development projects. The authors argue that the pervasive non-consideration of the interrelationship between...

New Forms of Procurement: PPP and Relational Contracting in the 21st Century

New Forms of Procurement: PPP and Relational Contracting in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Marcus C. Jefferies, Steve Rowlinson
July 27, 2018

The last three decades have seen the evolution of Public–Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Relationship Contracting (RC) as alternative procurement approaches to traditional methods of delivering public infrastructure. The potential for growth in these new forms of procurement has led to an on-going...

Funding and Financing Transport Infrastructure: Business Models to Enhance and Enable Financing of Infrastructure in Transport

Funding and Financing Transport Infrastructure: Business Models to Enhance and Enable Financing of Infrastructure in Transport

1st Edition

Athena Roumboutsos, Hans Voordijk, Aristeidis Pantelias
September 11, 2017

This book seeks to enhance understanding of the impacts of project setup and its implementation environment on project performance by leveraging information from the study of a rich set of European transport infrastructure project cases. It puts forward a system’s view of project delivery and aims...

Valuing People in Construction

Valuing People in Construction

1st Edition

Fidelis Emuze, John Smallwood
August 07, 2017

Valuing People in Construction provides contemporary perspectives on the ‘glue’ that binds the construction process together; people. The book addresses people issues in the construction industry where behavioural outcomes impact upon business and project performance. The main proposition of the...

Containment of High-Level Radioactive and Hazardous Solid Wastes with Clay Barriers

Containment of High-Level Radioactive and Hazardous Solid Wastes with Clay Barriers

1st Edition

Raymond N. Yong, Roland Pusch, Masashi Nakano
May 31, 2017

One of the principal objections to or problems with the use of nuclear fuel is that a proven method for safe disposal of spent nuclear fuel has yet to be established. The central focus of most schemes underway to dispose of these high-level radioactive wastes relies on clay-based buffers and...

Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment

Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment

1st Edition

Peter Newton, Keith Hampson, Robin Drogemuller
November 18, 2016

Buildings and infrastructure represent principal assets of any national economy as well as prime sources of environmental degradation. Making them more sustainable represents a key challenge for the construction, planning and design industries and governments at all levels; and the rapid...

Target Cost Contracting Strategy in Construction: Principles, Practices and Case Studies

Target Cost Contracting Strategy in Construction: Principles, Practices and Case Studies

1st Edition

Daniel W.M. Chan, Joseph H.L. Chan
October 19, 2016

The problems inherent in the traditional design-bid-build procurement method often lead to the adversarial working relationships within the construction industry. Target cost contracts, accompanied by a gain-share/pain-share arrangement serving as a cost incentive mechanism, have emerged in...

Concurrent Engineering in Construction Projects

Concurrent Engineering in Construction Projects

1st Edition

Chimay Anumba, John M. Kamara, Anne-Francoise Cutting-Decelle
July 18, 2016

Concurrent Engineering (CE) is a systematic approach to the integrated and concurrent design of products and related processes, including aspects as diverse as manufacture and support. It is only now being carefully applied to the construction sector and offers considerable potential for increasing...

Performance Improvement in Construction Management

Performance Improvement in Construction Management

1st Edition

Brian Atkin, Jan Borgbrant
July 10, 2016

Novel research in construction management is often distant from existing practice. This collection of reviews serves to bridge this gap under three major themes: innovation, organisation and human behaviour, and methods and tools. It outlines a series of successful collaborative projects between...

Managing Knowledge in the Construction Industry

Managing Knowledge in the Construction Industry

1st Edition

Alexander Styhre
July 08, 2016

Knowledge management presents a new way of understanding organizations and companies, and is especially suited to sophisticated and highly technical firms and operations such as those in the construction industry.  This new book draws on hard data from three separate research programs in...

Innovation in Small Construction Firms

Innovation in Small Construction Firms

1st Edition

Peter Barrett, Martin Sexton, Angela Lee
May 17, 2016

Innovation in Small Construction Firms promotes the benefits of innovation, and stimulate innovation capability within and between small and medium sized (SMEs) construction firms in an effort to bring in a new 'can innovate, should innovate, want to innovate' culture to the construction industry....

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