1st Edition

Construction Management Theory and Practice

By Chris March Copyright 2017
    478 Pages
    by Routledge

    478 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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

    3. Leadership

    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

    15. Purchasing

    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

    26. Organisations

    27. Strategic Planning

    28. Marketing

    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.