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The conference deliberated on several sub-themes including, but not limited to:
Human resources development and management:
HRM within and across borders. Gender and Construction. Training and Empowerment. Knowledge as an important capital asset. Developing a global construction work force for industry sustainability. Health and Safety and sustainability.
Construction industry development:
Construction and the global economy. The role of construction in national development. The trends and challenges for construction industry development. The role of the construction industry development board. Contractor development. Technology sharing or transfer.
ICT and construction:
Virtual organisations for design and construction. Innovative applications. Implications for knowledge management. Challenges and opportunities for Building Information Modelling in construction. e-Business impact, opportunities and challenges for sustainability
New procurement strategies. Fostering innovation through procurement. Fostering responsible and relational contracting.
Culture and construction:
National culture, organisational culture, organisational climate, ethics, corporate social responsibility and organisational citizenship behaviour; and their consequences on construction and development. Cultural competence and construction performance. Communicating across cultures. Humour and stress management.
Real estate business and housing:
Strategies for housing delivery in a global economy. New technologies for housing. Risk management in an international context. Implications for sustainability.
Infrastructure development and management:
New approaches to infrastructure delivery in urban and rural areas: Civil and Building Services Engineering; Public Private Partnerships. Case studies.
Oil and gas construction:
Infrastructure design and construction for the oil and gas industry. Project managing oil and gas projects for sustainability in developing countries.
Managing projects in a global context. Meeting the unique challenges of mega projects. Sensitive/military projects. Emerging issues in project management. Smart project management. Project risks and opportunities management.
Environmental ethics and corporate social responsibility:
Transparency and ethical issues in capital project implementation. Measures of accountability. Managing the environmental consequences of construction. Green construction/development.
Research and development:
Innovative materials, design and construction processes. Total life cycle management. Research agenda and research management.
Construction industry economics:
The implications of sustainable construction and development are varied. For sustainable urbanisation, social development needs a focus on investment in housing and infrastructure. Construction activity is affected by macroeconomic policy, which affects demand, labour and material costs. A key element of economic sustainability is recognising whole of life costs and promoting value for money spent.
Measuring the economic variables of the construction industry:
The benefits of one country's construction sustainability strategy are lost, if other countries make little effort to curtail their emissions and waste. If the construction industry is to contribute to global sustainability, there is a need to find a consistent measure of the economic variables of national construction industries including output, employment and training, and use of resources. The economic, social and political characteristics of each national construction industry need to be considered in a global context.