Lowe, D (2013) Commercial Management: Theory and Practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Commercial Management: Theory and Practice. By David Lowe, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2013. 528 pp, ISBN 978-1-4051-2468-3, £37.50 (pb)

Publisher’s description: Commercial Management: theory and practice defines the role of commercial management within project-oriented organisations, providing a framework for and helping to develop a critical understanding of the factors that influence commercial management practice. It also identifies generic aspects of this practice and provides a theoretical foundation to these activities, by reference to existing and emergent theories and concepts, as well as to relevant management best practice. The book is structured into four parts: Part 1 Introduction – Commercial Management in Project Environments explores the nature of commercial practice within project-oriented organisations at the buyer-seller interface. It presents a Commercial Management framework, which illustrates the multiple interactions and connections between the purchaser‘s procurement cycle and a supplier‘s bidding and implementation cycles. Additionally, it outlines the principle activities undertaken by the commercial function, identifies the skills and abilities that support these activities and reviews the theories and concepts that underpin commercial practice. Finally, it identifies areas of commonality of practice with other functions found within project-oriented organisations, plus sources of potential conflict and misunderstanding. Part 2 – Elements of Commercial Theory and Practice covers commercial leadership; exploring strategy; risk and uncertainty management; financial decision-making; and key legal issues. Part 3 – Approaches to Commercial Practice addresses best practice management; and commercial and contracting strategies and tactics. Finally, Part 4 – Case Studies offers two extended case studies: Football Stadia (the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; the Emirates Stadium, Islington; and Wembley Stadium, London); and Heathrow Terminal 5. The book provides a one-stop-shop to the many topics that underpin commercial management practice from both a demand (buy-side) and a supply (sell-side) perspective. It will help develop an understanding of the issues influencing commercial management: leadership, strategy, risk, financial, legal, best practice management and commercial and contracting strategy and tactics.

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Jonasson, H I and Ingason, H T (2013) Project Ethics. Aldershot: Gower.

Project Ethics. By Haukur Ingi Jonasson and Helgi Thor Ingason, Gower, Aldershot, 2013. 156 pp, ISBN 978-1-4094-1096-6, £28.50 (pb)

Publisher’s description: How relevant is ethics to project management? The book – which aims to demystify the field of ethics for project managers and managers in general – takes both a critical and a practical look at project management in terms of success criteria, and ethical opportunities and risks. The goal is to help the reader to use ethical theory to further identify opportunities and risks within their projects and thereby to advance more directly along the path of mature and sustainable managerial practice. Project Ethics opens with an investigation of the critical success factors in project management. It then illustrates how situations can arise within projects where values can compete, and looks at how ethical theories on virtue, utility, duty and rights can be used as competence eye-openers to evaluate projects. The reader is challenged to think of their project management experiences where questions of competing values surfaced, and mirror them in short vignettes taken from real practice from all round the globe. Finally, a new method is introduced, based on classical ethical theory, which can help project owners, project managers, project teams and stakeholders, to identify, estimate and evaluate ethical opportunities and risks in projects.

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Godwin, W (2013) International Construction Contracts: A Handbook. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

International Construction Contracts: A Handbook. By William Godwin, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2013. 222 pp, ISBN 978-0-470-65572-6, £49.95 (pb)

Publisher’s description: Many large construction projects, such as those in the Middle East or Asia Pacific, are international in scope with a range of contractors and subcontractors signing contracts for delivery of specified work or services. The contractual situation in these instances may be complex and potentially includes a range of standard and bespoke contractual arrangements. In addition, the parties to these contracts may be based in different parts of the world, and are often working to different legal systems and understandings. This can lead to confusion in the understanding, interpretation and execution of a given contract. International Construction Contracts provides concise and practical guidance to those involved in the negotiation and management of international construction and engineering contracts. It sets out in clear, straightforward language the main features of construction contracts and international dispute resolution procedures. It ensures the reader is aware of the issues that might arise on the contractual side of their project so that they may better protect their party’s interests. Many of the features and points discussed are illustrated by reference to the popular FIDIC contracts and the book includes a commentary on the two most widely used FIDIC design-build forms, the Yellow and Silver Books. Also included in the book is a fully worked example of a typical ICC arbitration from start to finish, with “pleadings”, a detailed case narrative and commentary on events, and an example arbitration award. The ICC and SIAC arbitration rules are also provided. Written for construction professionals, the book will be of great interest to engineers, architects, project managers, quantity surveyors, contract managers and contract administrators working on international projects.

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Dalcher, D, (Ed.) (2014) Advances in Project Management: Narrated Journeys in Unchartered Territory. London: Gower.

Advances in Project Management: Narrated Journeys in Unchartered Territory. Edited by Darren Dalcher, Gower, London, 2014. 260 pp ISBN 978-1-4724-2913-1, £65.00 (hb)

Publisher’s description: On the evidence of the authors of this book, there is a sea change coming. That change will affect the way projects are perceived, lead and governed, particularly in the context of the wider organisation to which they belong; whether that is in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. Many organisations have struggled to apply the traditional models of project management to their new projects in the global environment. Anecdotal and evidence-based research confirms that projects continue to fail at an alarming rate. A major part of the build-up to failure is often the lack of adequate project management knowledge and experience.  Advances in Project Management covers key areas of improvement in understanding and project capability further up the management chain; amongst strategy and senior decision makers and amongst professional project and programme managers. This collection, drawn from some of the world’s leading practitioners and researchers and compiled by Professor Darren Dalcher of the National Centre for Project Management, provides those people and organisations who are involved with the developments in project management with the kind of structured information, new approaches and novel perspectives that will inform their thinking and their practice and improve their decisions.

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Chapman, R C (2014) The Rules of Project Risk Management: Implementation Guidelines for Major Projects. London: Gower.

The Rules of Project Risk Management: Implementation Guidelines for Major Projects. By Robert C Chapman, Gower, London, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4724-1195-2, £39.50 (hb)

Publisher’s description: The evidence continues to grow that the effective management of risk is the very kernel of successful project management. Its absence frequently leaves project sponsors lamenting missed objectives and shareholders coming to terms with an organisation’s poor bottom line performance.Dr Robert Chapman’s The Rules of Project Risk Management stands out from other risk management texts because it provides very practical guidance, supported by numerous mini case studies, many of which have attracted considerable publicity. The book brings to life both the benefits of project risk management when effectively applied and the ramifications when it is misunderstood or receives scant attention. The structure of the book is based on International Standard ISO 31000 seen through the lens of general systems theory – where projects are undertaken by organisations which have an external context and internal sub-systems. A project system is seen to be composed of seven key subject areas. Practical short ‘rules’ or implementation guidelines, written in an engaging style, are offered to support each of these subject areas and aid quick assimilation of key risk management messages. Each rule focuses on a specific aspect of effective risk management which warrants attention in its own right. Taken together the rules will provide those implementing projects with the building blocks to secure a project’s objectives. They have been drawn from a wealth of experience gained from applying risk management practices across multiple industries from Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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Loosemore, M (2014) Innovation, strategy and risk in construction: turning serendipity into capability. London: Routledge.

Innovation, strategy and risk in construction: turning serendipity into capability. By Martin Loosemore, Routledge, London, 2014. ISBN 978-0-415-67599-4, £34.00 (pb)

Publisher’s description: Innovation, Strategy and Risk in Construction integrates insights from business and government leaders with contemporary research, to help built environment professionals turn serendipity to their own advantage by building greater innovative and adaptive capacity into their operations. Accessible and full of practical examples, the book argues that traditional business strategies which seek to systematise innovation and eliminate uncertainty need to be balanced with more flexible approaches which acknowledge and harness uncertainty. The missing key to innovation, it is argued, is to turn serendipity into capability. The author proposes a simple model which allows managers to tap into the increasingly dynamic and interconnected nature of the construction industry. Innovation does not occur in isolation within individual firms, but through collaboration. Each stakeholder in the construction industry has a responsibility to drive innovation, and this book will be key reading for consultants, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and clients, as well as policy makers and all serious students of construction management.

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Dixon, T, Eames, M, Hunt, M and Lannon, S (2014) Urban retrofitting for sustainability: mapping the transition to 2050. London: Routledge

Urban retrofitting for sustainability: mapping the transition to 2050. By Tim Dixon, Malcolm Eames, Miriam Hunt and Simon Lannon, Routledge, London, 2014. ISBN 978-0-415-64251-4, £55.00 (hb)

Publisher’s description: As concerns over climate change and resource constraints grow, many cities across the world are trying to achieve a low carbon transition. Although new zero carbon buildings are an important part of the story, in existing cities the transformation of the current building stock and urban infrastructure must inevitably form the main focus for transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable future by 2050. Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability brings together interdisciplinary research contributions from leading international experts to focus on key issues such as systems innovation, financing tools, governance, energy, and water management. The chapters consider not only the knowledge and technical tools available, but looks forward to how they can be implemented in real cities by 2050.

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Myers, D (2013) Construction economics: a new approach. 3rd ed. London: Routledge

Construction economics: a new approach, 3rd ed. By Danny Myers, Routledge, London, 2013. 352 pp, ISBN 978-0-415-52779-8, £32.99 (pb)

Publisher’s description: Construction Economics provides students with the principles and concepts underlying the relationship between economic theory and the construction industry. The New Approach adopts an argument that economics is central to government initiatives concerning sustainable construction. This edition has been revised to explain the effects of the current economic crisis on the construction industry. In addition, sections relating to less developed countries, the economics of sustainable development and theories relating to a firm’s bid strategy have all been rewritten. With new data, examples, initiatives, readings, glossary items and references, the third edition of this established core text builds on the strengths of the previous edition: a clear and user-friendly style; use of a second colour to highlight important definitions and formulae; regular summaries of key points; a glossary of key terms; extensive use of tables and figures; extracts from the academic journal Construction Management and Economics to consolidate and prompt discussion; reviews of useful websites. This invaluable textbook is essential reading across a wide range of disciplines from construction management and civil engineering to architecture, property and surveying.

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How to format papers for journal submission (and for dissertations)

Increasingly, authors have often asked how to format their papers for submission to the journal, Construction Management and Economics.

In submitting a paper to a journal such as this, it may be helpful to note that your submission is, effectively, a draft paper. Therefore, our expectation is that the paper will be presented with the following formatting features:

  • Use a simple font, such as Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • Use double-spaced line spacing.
  • Set 2.5 cm margins all round.
  • Do not add page numbers
  • Do not add headers or footers of any kind.
  • Do not use multi-column layout.
  • Distinguish headings from sub-headings clearly. Although published papers do not use heading numbers, you may use them in the draft to make clear the different levels of heading.
  • Figures and Tables should be all moved to the back or uploaded as separate files (several per file, or one at a time, whichever you find easier). This is not a uniform requirement, so you need to look carefully at whether a specific journal applies this requirement just to Figures, to Figures and Tables, or not at all.
  • If it would help you to have a template, there is one for downloading here: CM&E Paper Template.

It may come as a surprise to many that this is exactly the same format, in general terms, as most requirements for the submission of dissertations and theses, at least in the UK. Has anyone noticed that dissertations are submitted as if they were draft papers ready for taking to a journal?

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CIB W055/065/089 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World

4-7 May 2014, Kandalama, Sri Lanka
Contact: enquiries@cib2014.org

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