Constructing futures : industry leaders and futures thinking by Paul Chan

By Paul Chan

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CABE . . . . . CRC CII CERF ASCE Chalmers University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers; CABE, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment; CERF, Civil Engineering Research Foundation; CII, Construction Industry Institute; CIRIA, Construction Industry Research and Information Association; CRC, Cooperative Research Centre; nCRISP, Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Profile; PFI/PPP, Private Finance Initiative/Public–Private Partnership.

The pressing need to embrace sustainability; The impacts of globalisation on engineering practice and the need to attract the best and brightest to the profession; Increasing demands for energy, drinking water, clean air, safe waste disposal and transportation; Greater need for collaborations forged across disciplinary and professional boundaries; Increasing need to engage with research and development, especially given technological developments in information technology, intelligent infrastructure, digital simulation and nanoscience; Better understanding of risk management especially in the age of uncertainty characterised by natural disasters, security threats and public finance; and Changing demands of clients and owners.

5 As this chapter unfolds, it is suggested that the application of leadership studies in the realm of construction management remains somewhat primitive. The contribution of this chapter, therefore, is to broaden the application of leadership theory in construction. The chapter is organised as follows: a review of the salient points of leadership literature is first presented, which reveals a need for a deeper examination of the values and belief systems that shape the development of leaders, before outlining what, in our view, makes a leader in construction based on the interviews undertaken.

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