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|Title: ||Anticipating tomorrow: the future of the European construction industry|
|Authors: ||Goodier, Chris I.|
Austin, Simon A.
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||© European Construction Institute|
|Citation: ||GOODIER, C.I. ... et al, 2008. Anticipating tomorrow: the future of the European construction industry. Final Report of the ECI Industry Futures Task Force, November 2008.|
|Abstract: ||Executive summary: Exploring alternative feasible futures through engaging in a collaborative futures
scenario development process has identified and prioritized a series of Key
Actions for the ECI and its member organisations over the next 10 to 20 years.
The very real challenges of how to most effectively address uncertain futures and
rapidly changing working environments catalysed this work. The ECI Futures
Task Force worked alongside the Big Ideas research team at Loughborough
University to investigate and debate the range of issues and factors that might
impact upon the European construction industry in the next couple of decades.
This resulted in a set of four possible future scenarios for the industry and a
series of five key characteristics for ECI’s preferred future for the industry.
The work from the Task Force has identified two priority areas concerning the
future of the European construction industry which are perceived to warrant
further proactive intervention. Consequently the creation of two new Task
Forces has been proposed – on ‘people’ and ‘collaboration’. These topics were
chosen as being key areas in which ECI and its members could instigate
proactive change and that would have a significant positive effect on the future of
the European construction industry. The ‘collaboration’ topic also aligns closely
with the vertical scenario axis. The horizontal scenario axis of energy scarcity
and stabilised supply reflects more the wider background in which the
construction industry operates, and which we therefore have less tangible
control, and was therefore not chosen as an ECI Task Force.
The focus of these proposed Task Forces would involve additional ECI members
in further investigating future issues and taking a lead in implementing some of
the Key Actions to help ECI and its members prepare for the future challenges
It was agreed that the Industry Futures Task Force would produce the following
• Final report highlighting methodology
• ECI preferred future action Fact Sheet
• Key actions from Fact Sheet
• Recommendations for potential New Task Forces
It was agreed that the Industry Futures Task Force would continue with its
existing members plus the Chair persons of the newly created Task Forces,
meeting twice per annum. It would provide a futures overview to ECI and the
other Task Forces, engaging in horizon scanning, highlighting new issues as
they emerge, and providing futures advice and expertise to ECI and the other
Task Forces as they require.|
|Description: ||This is a Final Report of the ECI Industry Futures Task Force.|
|Appears in Collections:||Official Reports (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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