Building a symbiotic relationship between academia and industry: expectations and observations of construction management graduates

Love, Peter, Smith, Jim, Georgiou, Jim, Baccarini, David and Davis, Peter 2003, Building a symbiotic relationship between academia and industry: expectations and observations of construction management graduates, in AUBEA 2003 : Working together : proceedings of the 28th Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association Annual Conference, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic, pp. 109-116.

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Title Building a symbiotic relationship between academia and industry: expectations and observations of construction management graduates
Author(s) Love, Peter
Smith, Jim
Georgiou, Jim
Baccarini, David
Davis, Peter
Conference name Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association. Conference (28th : 2003 : Geelong, Vic.)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Conference dates 9-11 July 2003
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2003 : Working together : proceedings of the 28th Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association Annual Conference
Editor(s) Langston, Craig
Publication date 2003
Conference series Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association Conference
Start page 109
End page 116
Total pages iv, 321 p.
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic
Keyword(s) Construction management
Graduates
Expectations
Skills
Survey
Summary Construction management graduates are employed in job functions such as building and civil engineering contracting, construction and project management consulting, client organisations (public and private) and developer organisations. Considering the diversity of employment opportunities for construction management graduates, they increasingly need to have a portfolio of skills to work effectively and efficiently with other professions in the industry. In exploring this, the objective of the research presented in this paper is to determine if construction management graduates are meeting the expectations of their employers. In considering the competitive forces impacting the construction industry, the authors of this paper sought to establish whether construction managers are able to identify those key skills needed for the future success of the industry. In turn, this information is considered critical for the successful formulation of curricula. Therefore, to establish whether construction management graduates are meeting the expectations of contractors, a survey was distributed to managers to establish their expectations and observations of recent graduates. The survey results indicate that managers are generally satisfied with the skill level of graduate students. The survey also highlighted several important skills that were considered to be lacking in graduates. cknowledging that there is always a need to improve the skill level of graduates, the authors propose a number of recommendations that are considered to improve the content construction management curricula.
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ISBN 0958192510
9780958192514
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, AUBEA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009590

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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