Theory and Practice
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Construction Management: Theory and Practice is a comprehensive textbook for budding construction managers. The range of coverage makes the book essential reading for students studying management courses in all construction related disciplines and ideal reading for those with non-cognate degrees studying construction management masters courses, giving them a broad base of understanding about the industry.
Part I outlines the main industry players and their roles in relation to the Construction Manager.
Part II covers management theory, leadership and team working strategies.
Part III details financial aspects including: sources of finance, appraisal and estimating, construction economics, whole life costing and life cycle analysis, bidding and tendering as well as procurement methods, types of contracts and project costing.
Part IV covers construction operations management and issues such as supply chain management, health and safety, waste, quality and environmental management.
Part V covers issues such as marketing, strategy, HRM, health, stress and well-being.
Part VI concludes the book with reflections on the future of the industry in relation to the environment and sustainability and the role of the industry and its managers.
The book keeps the discussion of current hot topics such as building information modelling (BIM), sustainability, and health and well-being included throughout and is packed with useful figures, tables and case studies from industry.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Players
1. The Main Participators
Part 2: So you want to be a leader?: Management theory, Leadership and Team Building
2. Pioneers of Management Theory
4. Team or Group Working
Part 3: Finance and Control
5. Sources of Finance
6. Valuation and Development Appraisal
7. Introduction to Design Economics
8. Approximate Estimating
9. Whole Life Costing (WLC) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
10. Value Management or Engineering
11. Procurement Methods and Types of Contract
12. Standard Method of Measurement and Bills of Quantities
13. Estimating and Tendering Procedures
14. Bidding Strategies
16. Post Contract Cost Control
17. Interim Valuations, Claims and Variations
18. Post Contract Cost Systems
Part 4: Operations Management
19. Site Organisation
20. Contract Planning
21. Health and Safety
22. Waste Management
23. Stock Control and Management
24. Supply Chain Management
25. Quality Management
Part 5: Business Management
27. Strategic Planning
29. Human Resources Management
30. Risk Analysis and Management
Part 6: Postscript: Environment and Sustainability
31. Sustainability and the Environment
Chris March worked for John Laing Construction and later for John Laing Concrete where he became Factory Manager. On entering higher education he worked in both the UK and Hong Kong before joining the University of Salford, UK, becoming Senior Lecturer and then the Dean of the Faculty of the Environment. He is a former winner of the Council for Higher Education Construction Industry Partnership Award for Innovation.