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Editorial: integrating “infrastructure project management” with its “built asset management”

Mohan Kumaraswamy (Department of Civil Engineering and Centre for Infrastructure and Construction Industry Development, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 8 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to convey the rationale underpinning this new journal and its timeliness in addressing emerging imperatives in our built environment, to highlight the range of the papers in this first issue and to encourage readers and potential contributors to join the BEPAM journey, towards improved built infrastructure.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing attention to the silos within which “project management” research and practice have been largely isolated from those in “asset management”, recent initiatives to bridge this divide are spotlighted, synerigised and built upon.

Findings

A critical need is identified for a niche one‐stop forum to address increasingly important interfaces between project management and asset management of building and civil engineering infrastructure. It is also found to be important to link leading‐edge research to cutting‐edge practice in physical infrastructure development, while empowering and inspiring authors and readers from many relevant disciplines and diverse regions towards synergistic research, development and dissemination.

Originality/value

Articulating the BEPAM vision in supplying the missing link between built environment project management and asset management, this paper aims to attract researchers and practitioners from hitherto compartmentalised sub‐sectors to engage with, learn from and improve each other in a common mission to efficiently deliver and sustain better built infrastructure worldwide.

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Citation

Kumaraswamy, M. (2011), "Editorial: integrating “infrastructure project management” with its “built asset management”", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 5-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/20441241111143740

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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