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Determining the role of innovation management in facilities management

Sonia Goyal (School of Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Michael Pitt (School of Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 6 February 2007



This paper aims to consider how an organisation can strategically manage its position with regard to suppliers of multiple services and to suggest a strategy for obtaining and protecting optimum multiple contract management and performance.


Literature review of published work along with questionnaires and interviews with a range of people working within the industry from top managerial level to technicians.


Establishes that to innovate is a mindset and not a one‐time event. Innovation management principles should be incorporated as a part of daily schedule for each employee at all levels and is essential for supplier companies to prepare themselves for future that brings extreme competition and increasing customer demands.

Research limitations/implications

Owing to constraint of time, the author has done only limited study in specific areas. The literature reviewed is not exhaustive. Many concepts are mentioned and referenced but not explained fully due to space constraints.

Practical implications

Helps facilities managers to exemplify their knowledge and skill, by apprehending the role of innovation management in facilities management (FM) at operational and strategic levels, and establishes the factors that led to the growth and development of innovation as a field and an important part of the FM world, including relationship with suppliers and multiple contract management.


Determines various factors that would guide innovation in multiple contracts in the future and maintain its role in the ever‐changing business patterns and customer demands and suggests future use of innovative strategies in FM solutions and multiple contract management, thereby enabling more effective FM.



Goyal, S. and Pitt, M. (2007), "Determining the role of innovation management in facilities management", Facilities, Vol. 25 No. 1/2, pp. 48-60.



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