FM research in Switzerland

Windlinger Lukas (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)
Hofer Susanne (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)
Coenen Christian (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)
Honegger Franziska (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)
von Felten Daniel (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)
Kofler Andrea (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)
Wehrmüller Thomas (Institute of Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review FM research in Switzerland with a focus on recent research projects at the Institute of Facility Management of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper provides a summary and review of research projects.

Findings

FM research in Switzerland has grown in the past few years and is now well rooted in the Swiss FM industry. The focus is on service management, workplace management and FM in health care. FM research in Switzerland has been driven collaboratively by the Institute of FM and the industry.

Research limitations/implications

Research at the IFM is very much oriented towards application and many collaborative projects between industry, public administration and universities have been conducted. However, some fields of FM have received little attention yet.

Practical implications

FM research in Switzerland has been driven collaboratively by the Institute of FM and the industry. The focus is on application, e.g. management tools, benchmarking systems or the relationship of FM services, organisational outcomes, and customer satisfaction. Many research results contribute to the development of Swiss FM industry.

Originality/value

In this article the authors summarize FM research in Switzerland and their research approach. With this they contribute to transparency and further development of FM research.

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Citation

Windlinger, L., Hofer, S., Coenen, C., Honegger, F., von Felten, D., Kofler, A. and Wehrmüller, T. (2014), "FM research in Switzerland", Facilities, Vol. 32 No. 1/2, pp. 18-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-09-2012-0074

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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