Constructing Futures: Industry leaders and futures thinking by Paul Chan

By Paul Chan

There's growing to be curiosity in destiny state of affairs making plans of the development yet a disconnect among considering the long run on the policy-making point and enforcing actual change.

Constructing Futures: leaders and futures considering in construction takes a thematic method of the way forward for the united kingdom building by means of proposing the result of a chain of in-depth interviews performed with best development figures and structuring this fabric into chapters addressing the major modern concerns within the industry.

These high-profile figures are drawn from quite a lot of stakeholder teams representing the realities of development, together with architects, buyer firms (public-sector and private-sector), experts, contractors, builders, foyer teams with certain pursuits, coverage makers, specialist associations, and alternate unions.
A overall of 15 influential figures have been interviewed for the ebook, from Sir Michael Latham and Bob White to Wayne Hemmingway and Kevin McCloud.

Part One appears to the earlier by way of reviewing a chain of foresight reviews undertaken of the development and re-presenting tales of our interviewees' lives to give an explanation for the improvement of management within the context of the development undefined. partially , the authors examine the current and speak about primary matters: sustainable improvement and governance of the development undefined. partially 3 the ebook concludes with an afterthought for the long run, highlighting key classes learnt affirming a sequence of study questions derived from this scholarly mirrored image of 'futures considering' in construction.

Throughout, the authors juxtapose the perspectives of the 15 influential figures interviewed with a evaluate of the salient issues present in the appropriate and authoritative resources of theoretical literature, either within the mainstream literature and the sector of building administration. this permits the reader to profit from the sensible insights of these interviews while gaining a swift realizing of the major debates of the theoretical topic less than scrutiny.

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7 Interview protocol Category Key questions Personal and career history . . Present issues . . Future challenges . Describe for us the career path you have taken. How did you come to work in the construction industry? How has your personal life (from the earliest days you can remember) influenced the decisions you have taken in your career choices? What were some of the critical events in your personal and career lifespan so far? Why were these critical? And how did these influence what you did?

In this book, we ask the fundamental questions of what exactly is ‘futures thinking’ in the construction, and more critically, how is ‘futures thinking’ shaped by the individuals involved in such an exercise? In answering these questions, it is the intention of this book to seek explanations for the process by which future scenarios for the construction industry are framed, and to provide greater clarity as to how much of the thinking about the future is derived from the occurrences of today and legacies of the past.

5 As this chapter unfolds, it is suggested that the application of leadership studies in the realm of construction management remains somewhat primitive. The contribution of this chapter, therefore, is to broaden the application of leadership theory in construction. The chapter is organised as follows: a review of the salient points of leadership literature is first presented, which reveals a need for a deeper examination of the values and belief systems that shape the development of leaders, before outlining what, in our view, makes a leader in construction based on the interviews undertaken.

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