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Front. Built Environ. | doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2019.00031

Grand challenges in construction management

  • 1University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

The launch of the specialty section on construction management at the Frontiers in Built Environment opens a new platform for academics and practitioners in this subject field around the world to share valuable experiences and findings from innovative research and development in relation to the management of people/workforce, product/production, and processes across stages for making dependable built environment. In this short paper dedicating to the launch of this specialty section, the author presents his humble opinion limited from experiences gained through his academic research and professional services around the world in the past three decades, and the topics chosen on grand challenges in construction management are gigantic but may have huge impacts to profession development in longer term. His discussions on grand challenges in construction management cover four parts to respectively focus on a cognitive framework of the construction management body of knowledge (CMBOK), intelligence pervasive construction management systems, technology-driven interdisciplinary innovation for construction management, and sustainability-oriented enhancement in megaproject management. Some key references relating to these four major topics are collected to support discussions in this paper. The author expects that readers could find this paper as well as this specialty section useful for further research and development in construction management in terms of continuous technical enhancements on project-oriented performance and value regardless the scope, the location and the time associated and concerned.

Keywords: construction management, Body of Knowledge (BOK), intelligent system, interdisciplinary innovation, megaproject management, abductive reasoning, Built environment (BE), digital innovation

Received: 20 Jul 2018; Accepted: 25 Feb 2019.

Edited by:

Borja Garcia De Soto, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Reviewed by:

Laura Florez, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
TAKASHI KANETA, Kyoto University, Japan  

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* Correspondence: Dr. Zhen Chen, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom,