This year’s theme - ‘People make facilities management’ - reflects an increasing recognition that supporting human interaction and promoting social intelligence, is central to an approach to FM that focuses on organisational effectiveness. The theme is derived from the similar recognition that people make a City and the brand of the host venue – ‘People make Glasgow.’
This represents an important departure for positioning the profession and industry in the post-recession economy in Europe. The response to this challenge will underpin development of an approach that enables FM to evolve, increase its influence and improve status in organisations. All functions in all kinds of organisation are being encouraged to find innovative solutions in the post-recession environment for business. Once again, the time has come for FM to take the opportunity and rise to the challenge.
The papers presented in this volume, reflect the work that is being carried out by researchers across Europe, usually in collaboration with partners in FM practice, to address some of the key issues emerging in the field. The papers are organised into the main themes of the call, including added value, FM innovation and sustainability in FM, and represent the further contributions to the three working groups in the EuroFM research network.
Once again this year, the number of abstracts and papers submitted to the Research Symposium has increased, reinforcing EuroFM’s position as a leading organisation for the presentation and discussion of cutting edge research to a global audience. For the third time, research workshops, hosted by Sheffield Business School, have been organised to provide a broader opportunity for academics and postgraduate students to participate.
EuroFM continue to strive for world-class standards of research quality and is indebted for the support of an internationally recognised team of scientific reviewers. EuroFM aims to be the authoritative voice for FM knowledge in Europe, and to make this openly accessible for application in education and practice.
We thank all of the reviewers and organisers of this the 14th EuroFM Research Symposium for their tremendous effort and wish you all a successful gathering.
Attached documents: Research papers 2015 - Table of Contents