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|Title: ||The futures of construction : a critical review of construction future studies|
|Authors: ||Harty, Chris F.|
Goodier, Chris I.
Austin, Simon A.
Dainty, Andrew R.J.
Price, Andrew D.F.
|Keywords: ||Future studies|
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||© Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)|
|Citation: ||HARTY, C.F. ... et al, 2007. The futures of construction : a critical review of construction future studies. Construction Management and Economics, 25 (5), pp. 477-493|
|Abstract: ||Anticipating the future is increasingly being seen as a useful way to align, direct
and improve current organisational strategy. Several such ‘future studies’ have
been produced which envision various construction industry scenarios which
result from technological and socio-economic trends and influences. This paper
subjects thirteen construction related future studies to critical review. It reveals
that most studies fail to address the complexities and uncertainties of both the
present and the future, or to explore the connections between global, local,
construction-specific and more wide-spread factors. The methodological
approaches deployed do not generate any significantly different advice or
recommendations for the industry than those emerging from the much larger
canon of non-future oriented construction research. As such, these reports are
less about the future than the present. If future studies are to make a worthwhile
contribution to construction, it is critical that they develop our appreciation of the
practical ability of stakeholders to influence some aspects of the future and not
others, and an awareness of the competing agendas and the relative benefits
and disadvantages of specific futures within the construction sector. Only then
can future studies provide insights and help in preparing for the opportunities
and threats the future may bring.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, Construction Management and Economics [© Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)] and the definitive version is available at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=0144-6193|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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