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The emergence of the global workplace : opportunities and barriers for building surveyors in Oceania

Wilkinson, S. J. and Russell, G. 2005, The emergence of the global workplace : opportunities and barriers for building surveyors in Oceania, in QUT Research Week 2005 : conference proceedings, Queensland University of Technology, [Brisbane, Qld.].

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Title The emergence of the global workplace : opportunities and barriers for building surveyors in Oceania
Author(s) Wilkinson, S. J.
Russell, G.
Conference name Queensland University of Technology Research Week International Conference (2005 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 4-8 July 2005
Title of proceedings QUT Research Week 2005 : conference proceedings
Editor(s) Sidwell, Anthony Charles
Publication date 2005
Conference series Queensland University of Technology Research Week International Conference
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication [Brisbane, Qld.]
Keyword(s) chartered building surveyor
Oceania
Europe
RICS
Summary The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) the professional body representing surveyors in the UK, has implemented a policy to globalise in order to meet the challenges and opportunities the global marketplace was creating for its members as well as protecting and serving its interests (RICS, 1999). Quantity surveyors had a presence and history of employment outside the UK, particularly in the Middle and Far East. Real estate surveyors found the transition to working in European Union (EU) countries relatively straightforward and numerous UK real estate organisations have European, Asian, North American and Oceanic offices. Additionally UK based firms establishing partnerships with overseas real estate firms expanded significantly over the previous decade. Building Surveying is different. Small numbers worked in commonwealth countries but in most countries their professional and academic qualifications were not recognised. With the changes implemented by the RICS, this paper examines the barriers and opportunities facing RICS Chartered Building Surveyors (CBS) in Oceania (taken as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji).

A desk top study reviewed the political, economic and sociological variables affecting employment opportunities and professional services which were put to the RICS Oceania Building Surveying Faculty. No previous study had been undertaken to identify the specific barriers and opportunities in Oceania for the BS and this research adopted a census survey of RICS practitioners currently employed in the region and the results form the most comprehensive picture of the current position. The findings are that some of the opportunities and barriers will change in significance over time. The main barriers to growth were perceived as lack of support from a Euro focussed RICS and the difficulties associated with being perceived as outsiders. Opportunities were perceived as emerging in new areas of professional services such as sustainability and energy efficiency.
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ISBN 9781741071016
1741071011
Language eng
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
120203 Quantity Surveying
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Queensland University of Technology, School of Engineering Systems
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