An investigation into the role of the quantity surveyor in the value management workshop process

Jack Spellacy, David John Edwards, Chris J. Roberts, Susan Hayhow, Mark Shelbourn

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the value management workshop process and specifically identifies the roles and responsibilities of the quantity surveyor within this. Information accrued is then used to develop a novel template value management workshop that provides a platform for educating future quantity surveying and other construction professionals. Design/methodology/approach: This research adopts a mixed philosophical epistemological design that uses interpretivism with elements of postpositivism. Specifically, a cross-sectional study of extant literature informs the development of a structured questionnaire that is posed to focus group participants (consisting of experienced industrial practitioners) to secure qualitative feedback and validate the template. Findings: Research findings reveal that the roles and responsibilities of the quantity surveyor in the value management workshop process have hitherto received scant academic attention. Additionally, literature has revealed that available information on workshop content is limited, leading to ineffective studies. There has also been a miscommunication among construction practitioners in relation to the quantity surveyor’s role in the workshop process. Following extensive research, a novel template has been created which identifies the content of each workshop session alongside the roles and responsibilities of the quantity surveyor (and other construction professionals) which can be used for educational purposes. Originality/value: The literature revealed that scant academic and professional governing body(ies) attention has been paid to the education and training of future generations of quantity surveyors involved in value management. Specifically, there is limited applied case study evidence to investigate this phenomenon and, hence, the workshop curricular presents advance knowledge in this respect and provides a practical template solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-445
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Quantity surveyor
  • Value engineering
  • Value management
  • Workshop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Engineering

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