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Conference theme
2nd NMMU Construction Management Conference

Conference theme

Given that the Department of Construction Management focuses on the education of construction managers and construction project managers, the conference will address the practice of these two disciplines.

“We provide a forum for multi disciplinary interaction between academics and practitioners”, says the conference chairperson, Prof John Smallwood.

“The internationally recognised, accredited conference disseminates innovative and cutting edge practices, and contributes to construction management and construction project management knowledge.”

The organisers, and a large international construction science panel, will bring together researchers, academics, administrators and practitioners representing educational institutions, government agencies, contracting organisations, consulting enterprises and construction financiers from around the world.

Main topics

  • Career promotion
  • Continuing professional development
  • Construction economics
  • Construction resources e.g. labour
  • Diversity
  • Education and training
  • Ethics
  • Functions in an organisation e.g. marketing
  • Functions of management work e.g. planning
  • Gender
  • Multi-cultural issues
  • Professional association and registration
  • Project management knowledge areas
  • Project management processes
  • Project parameters e.g. health and safety
  • Skills development and transfer

Conference outcomes

Relative to construction management and construction project management, responses are sought to the following critical questions:

  • What changes would lead to an improvement in performance?
  • How can information technology contribute to improved performance?
  • What are the barriers to change?
  • How can construction management be promoted in the informal construction sector and among SMMEs?
  • How can education, training, and professional development be improved?
  • How can skills better be developed and transferred?
  • How can communication and management difficulties be addressed?
  • How can risk be better recognised, understood and avoided?
  • How can corruption be mitigated?
  • How can ethical behaviour be promoted?
  • How can diversity and inclusivity be promoted?
  • How can the regulatory environment be more effective?
  • How can professional association and registration be promoted?

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