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Managing facilities in a Scandinavian manner: creating a research agenda

Morten Elle (Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering (BYG(DTU), Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark)
Jesper Engelmark (Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering (BYG(DTU), Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark)
Bo Jørgensen (PhD Student, Department of Civil Engineering (BYG(DTU), Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark)
Christian Koch (Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering (BYG(DTU), Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark)
Susanne Balslev Nielsen (Assisting Professor, Department of Civil Engineering (BYG(DTU), Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark)
Flemming Vestergaard (Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering (BYG(DTU), Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

Presents the aims and needs of research in facilities management (FM) at the Section of Planning and Management of Building Processes at BYG(DTU. As the building stock in Denmark is rapidly increasing, socio‐demographic development implies profound changes in both the needs of inhabitants and the way that buildings are used, combined with an increased consciousness of sustainability. Buildings should be seen as long‐term “investments” while also keeping in mind the construction sector's need for increased productivity, long‐term product quality and enhanced value. This is the background for developing a research position. Identifies “the Scandinavian way” as using FM on a multi‐actor level, rather than just to serve the interests of a single organisation. The aim is to focus on small and medium‐sized enterprises, non‐profit associations and tenants, as well as the bodies administrating infrastructure within the mainstream FM field. There is an urgent need to address how society can best manage the growing (and decaying) building stock, to develop life‐cycle‐rooted infrastructure and building design, and finally allow buildings to be appropriated by their current and future users.

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Elle, M., Engelmark, J., Jørgensen, B., Koch, C., Balslev Nielsen, S. and Vestergaard, F. (2004), "Managing facilities in a Scandinavian manner: creating a research agenda", Facilities, Vol. 22 No. 11/12, pp. 311-316. https://doi.org/10.1108/02632770410561312

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