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The impact of globalisation on building surveying in Europe

Banyard, Sarah H., Wilkinson, Sara J. and Turrell, Pat 2003, The impact of globalisation on building surveying in Europe, in FIG 2003 : Proceedings of the 2003 International Federation of Surveyors Conference, [FIG], [Paris, France], pp. 1-14.

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Title The impact of globalisation on building surveying in Europe
Author(s) Banyard, Sarah H.
Wilkinson, Sara J.
Turrell, Pat
Conference name International Federation of Surveyors. Conference (2003 : Paris, France)
Conference location Paris, France
Conference dates 13-17 April, 2003
Title of proceedings FIG 2003 : Proceedings of the 2003 International Federation of Surveyors Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2003
Conference series International Federation of Surveyors Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Publisher [FIG]
Place of publication [Paris, France]
Keyword(s) building surveying
Europe
globalisation
Summary This research examined the impact of globalisation on building surveying in Europe. Globalisation has resulted in the emergence of three large trading blocs or a global economy depending on the view one takes. This has impacted on property in two ways, by creating transnational companies who operate in many countries but require branding of their property, and companies who wish to invest in property markets other than their country of origin.

Building Surveyors have professional expertise and knowledge valued in the UK since the 1960 and 1970s but until recently not recognised in Europe, partly due to poor awareness of Building Surveying (BS) expertise, legal constraints, and practises relating to the employment of professionals. This is changing with the establishment of European Surveying associations and the globalisation of the RICS.

The results showed four factors provided the reasons for the globalisation of BS skills. These were that Building Surveyors provided a consistent level of service for their clients. Secondly that English is the language of business. Thirdly, clients perceive Europe as a single trading bloc with a need for technical representation in each investment centre, providing them with a fast, knowledgeable service. Fourthly, clients perceive that UK Building Surveyors know what international, or transnational, investors want.

The finding on the current demand for the BS services in Europe is that though demand is large, few Building Surveyors are located in Europe. Secondly, both investors and occupiers require the services of Building Surveyors, and local companies / individuals are beginning to use their professional services. Finally, there is a diverse range of demand for the many BS skills.

Five key barriers to the practice of BS skills in Europe emerged from the research. Firstly, there was the problem of limited local legal and technical knowledge possessed by outsiders. Secondly, there are legal barriers to practice in some cases. Thirdly, other professionals can, and do, offer the services of the Building Surveyor. Fourthly, there can be cultural differences between ‘values’ and ‘norms’ required in business that constitute barriers. Finally there can be ‘communication’ problems when the Building Surveyor is not located in the country where the service is required.
ISBN 9788790907273
8790907272
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, FIG
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022169

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