Construction Business Management

Course code ARBE3300Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

This course presents a contemporary perspective of the theoretical scope and practical skills required to manage a firm operating in the construction industry. It examines various management concepts and techniques associated with operational and strategic activities, developing the student's ability to critically evaluate their appropriateness for use in a variety of situations. It reviews classical, behavioural and contemporary management theories, and their deployment in response to competitive triggers encountered in dynamic operational environments. The course is underpinned by a systemic perspective of the firm's functions, and extends this through permeable organisational boundaries to consider competitive collaboration within temporary project organisations; modes of innovation; and the influence of collaborative information/communication technology, and building information modelling.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Review the management function in the context of a firm operating in the construction industry.
2. Evaluate the factors influencing the design of business structure and operational procedure for a firm operating in the dynamic context of the construction industry.
3. Describe strategic management for a firm operating in the construction industry.
ContentManagement function:
- Organisation theories
- Classical
- Human relations
- Behavioural
- Systems
- Contingency

- Task
- Structure
- People
- Technology (incl. ICT/BIM)

Functional areas:
- Marketing
- Human resources
- Operations
- Finance

Design of business structure and operational procedures:
- Elements
- Job specialisation
- Hierarchy
- Span of control

- Functional
- Divisional
- Project teams

Strategic management:
- Principles
- Innovation
- SWOT analysis
- Goal setting
- Progress monitoring
- Reassessment

- Environmentally reactive
- Environmentally proactive

- Key Performance Indicators
- Benchmarking
- Quality Management
- Relationship Management
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Building Information Modelling
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Report: Innovation/BIM implementation
Essays / Written AssignmentsLearning Journal: Online Blog
Essays / Written AssignmentsPecha Kucha presentation: strategic management
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ARBE3300