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Construction Reports 1944-98

Construction Reports 1944-98

Mike Murray (Editor), David Langford (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14755-2

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

$140.99

Description

It is often said that in order to know where we are going, we need to know where we have been. For some years the construction industry has been challenged to deliver better performance in terms of value for money, timelier construction and defect free building. Behind this remodelling of an industry is Government. The interest by Government is not new, and report after report in the post war period has exhorted the industry to perform better.

This book documents how Government, through influential reports, has sought to shape the performance and attitudes of parties to the construction industry. It provides a critical review of 12 of the most significant, setting these against their political, social and economic background, and offers a ready reference and critique for researchers of construction management, government and economics.

List of contributors; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; The placing and management of contracts: (Simon Report 1944); The Ministry of Works party report on building (Philips Report 1950); Survey of the problems before the construction industry (Emmerson Report 1962); The placing and management of contracts for building and civil engineering work (Banwell Report 1964); Tavistock studies into the building industry (Communications in the building industry 1965 & interdependence and uncertainty 1966); Large industrial sites report (NEDC 1970); The public client and the construction industries (Wood Report 1975); Faster building for Industry (NEDO Report 1983); Faster Building for Commerce (NEDO Report 1988); Constructing the team (Latham Report 1994); Technology foresight - progress through partnership (OST Report 1995); Rethinking Construction (Egan Report 1998); Conclusions; Index
"The tabular comparison between the reports is excellent.

A useful text for those wanting an overview of any of the featured reports and not wishing to read through the full version. One for recommendation to students and practitioners undertaking research into the future direction and prospects of the industry."

Richard Davis Msc MRICS ACIArb, Building Engineer


'I must report that the book is exceedingly well written and readable. ...I would class this as an essential primer for any student at Masters level or at research degree level who was looking to produce any significant piece of research on virtually any aspect of our industry.

'An excellent piece of work... should be on the shelf of every serious researcher and teacher in our field.'

Construction Management and Economics October 2003.

* provides a summary of 12 Government reports, sets them against the political, economic and social background, and explains their subsequent effect
* these UK Government reports have shaped the British construction industry but most researchers and economists don't have ready access to them
* an invaluable tool for researchers and economists