Underlying Knowledge of Construction Management Consultants in China

Xin Hu, Bo Xia, Kunhui Ye*, Martin Skitmore

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To meet clients' and owners' multidimensional and changing requirements, construction management consultants (CMCs) ought to possess a diverse and dynamic knowledge structure. In China, although the population of CMCs has grown to the point of their being indispensable in the industry, their knowledge structure has not been explored explicitly. The study presented in this paper investigated this by first conducting a comprehensive content analysis of the curricula of the highest ranked construction management university courses in China. This was followed by in-depth interviews with experts, resulting in the identification of 22 main knowledge areas that can be grouped into technology, economy, management, and law. A questionnaire survey was then conducted among 115 experienced CMCs to evaluate the current level of knowledge in these areas together with their importance and need for improvement. The main findings demonstrate the significance of the identified 22 knowledge areas, and they also need substantial improvement in practice. The research has practical implications for China's CMCs to develop necessary knowledge and the extent to which they need to be improved to provide a better quality of services in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04015015
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


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