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Minutes of the 2016 ARCOM AGM

The minutes of the 2016 ARCOM AGM can be found here.

Construction Management and Economics (CME) Conference Issue: 30th Annual ARCOM Conference now available online

We are pleased to announce the publication of the ARCOM Conference Issue that contains a series of papers from the 30th Annual ARCOM Conference. The 13 papers in this issue were selected from an initial list of 30, identified by the editors and reviewers of the 30th ARCOM conference held in September 2014 in Portsmouth, UK. The editors of CM&E invited the 30 authors to re-work their papers and submit for full review in CM&E. These papers were subject to the same level of peer review and editorial consideration that other CM&E papers receive. Please click here to view the list of papers.

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Minutes of the 2015 ARCOM AGM

The minutes of the 2015 ARCOM AGM can be found here.

Defending your PhD Workshop Videos Now Available

ARCOM are pleased to announce that the videos of the interactive Defending your PhD workshop held at the University of Salford in February 2014 are now available on the Workshops page. Unfortunately technical difficulties led to the delay in availability, but the videos are now free to view for all. The workshop day has been split into four videos – (1) an introduction by Prof Charles Egbu, (2) Prof Egbu’s guidance and top tips on how best to prepare for your viva, (3) a mock viva, and (4) the post-viva review and reflection. The videos not only provide a record of the day for those unable to attend, but also a great resource for all doctoral students as they prepare for their vivas in the future.

New ARCOM Committee announced at the 2014 AGM

Following the Annual General Meeting held in Portsmouth Business School on 2 September 2014, we are pleased to announce the committee for 2014-2015. The Executive Officers include Dr Ani Raidén (Chair), Dr Simon Smith (Immediate Past Chair), Dr Paul Chan (Vice-Chair), Dr Chris Harty (Treasurer), Dr Fred Sherratt (Secretary), Dr Shu Ling Lu (Membership Secretary), Dr Robby Soetanto (Publications Officer) and Dr Chika Udeaja (Workshops Convenor). The Executive Team will be supported by Dr Colin Booth, Professor David Boyd, Professor Andrew Dainty, Dr Steve Donohoe, Professor Charles Egbu, Dr Rod Gameson, Dr Scott Fernie, Professor Chris Gorse, Dr Poorang Piroozfar, Dr Niraj Thurairajah, Dr. Craig Thomson, and Dr. Apollo Tutesigensi. Profiles of the 2014-2015 committee members can be found here.

Minutes of the 2014 ARCOM AGM

The minutes of the 2014 ARCOM AGM can be found here.

ARCOM turned 30 in 2014 with the Inaugural Conference Issue of Construction Management and Economics

Established in 1984, the ARCOM Conference has grown from strength to strength. To celebrate ARCOM’s 30th birthday, we are pleased to present the Inaugural Conference Issue of Construction Management and Economics. The 14 papers contained within this special conference issue were especially selected from the 2013 conference, most of which were nominated and awarded Best Paper prizes. The publication of this special conference issue signifies the high quality papers that are presented at the ARCOM annual conference. Please visit http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcme20/32/7-8#.VAs9CcJdWSo to access the special conference issue.

The ARCOM Committee for 2013-2014

Three committee members have stepped down from the ARCOM Committee at the 2013 AGM, including Professor Paul Stephenson, Dr. Andrew Ross and Dr. Milan Radosavljevic. Twenty-one members now form the ARCOM Committee for 2013-2014, including newcomers Dr Colin Booth (University of West of England), Dr Scott Fernie (Loughborough University), Dr Victor Samwinga (Northumbria University), and Dr Apollo Tutesigensi (University of Leeds).


The minutes of the 2013 AGM are now available here.

Changes to the ARCOM Constitution

An amendment to the ARCOM Constitution has been ratified at the 2013 ARCOM AGM in Reading (proposed by Dr. Simon Smith and seconded by Professor Charles Egbu), to include the Workshops Convenor as an Executive Officer position on the Committee. This means that the Workshops Convenor will become the eighth post to be exempted from the annual election (normally for a period of two years).

The ARCOM Seminars

Building on the success of the ARCOM workshops, we are pleased to announce a new funding initiative, The ARCOM Seminar. The ARCOM Seminar is seen as a way to diversify existing provision of the ARCOM research/doctoral workshops and to raise the quality of the intellectual debate in the field of construction management research. The ARCOM Seminar should be distinctive from the established ARCOM research/doctoral workshops. To this end, the aim of the ARCOM Seminar is to sustain high-quality intellectual debates that would push the frontiers of knowledge in construction management research. The main objectives are:

  1. To attract and engage leading scholars from the social science disciplines and fields of organisational and management studies who have an interest in, and can add value to, the field of construction management research;
  2. To bring together a range of researchers (from early-career to established Professors) to actively discuss and debate on cutting-edge thinking and to provoke fresh agendas for construction management research, and;
  3. To stimulate the production of scholarly outputs such as special journal issues and edited books.

If you are interested in hosting The ARCOM Seminar, you will need to complete an application form and email the completed form to info@arcom.ac.uk. It is important that you take note of a number of key principles of running the ARCOM Seminar. Participation in an ARCOM Seminar should be by invitation only. This does not preclude an open call, but prospective participants have to demonstrate the potential to actively contribute to the seminar discussion. Selection is typically made on the basis of an email application, with prospective participants stating their area of expertise, how their research interests and current work connect with the seminar theme, and what they hope to get out of the seminar.

Unlike the ARCOM research/doctoral workshop where presenters have to prepare a six-page article for inclusion in a set of workshop proceedings, presenters at the ARCOM Seminar need not produce a full paper. Presenters may choose to produce an outline of their thoughts in a range of formats for the seminar (e.g. an extended abstract, a full paper, presentation slides, poster etc.), but the emphasis is on producing a coherent set of outputs after the seminar. Thus, the ARCOM Seminar should be viewed as a vehicle for stimulating further collaborative work (e.g. joint publications, special issue/edited book, research network etc.) after the event. However, any output that is subsequently produced as a consequence of discussions at an ARCOM Seminar must acknowledge the financial support provided by ARCOM. As the ARCOM Seminar is designed to encourage active participation of attendees, it is desirable to maintain a lower number of participants (i.e. maximum of around 20 participants). There is no fixed format for the ARCOM Seminar. A seminar can take place over a day or a residential weekend depending on interest and number of participants. A seminar can also be stand-alone or part of a coherent series.

Approval for the running of an ARCOM Seminar will be sanctioned by the ARCOM Seminar Working Group, based on (a) the contemporary nature of the proposal, and (b) its theoretical and provocative content. Proposers should also identify possible contributors, both within and outside of the construction management research community. Leading international scholars should also be invited where appropriate. Proposers should also work with the ARCOM Seminar Working Group member(s), who will play an active role in the organisation of the approved seminar. Finally, proposers should indicate intended outputs that can be developed after the seminar. In return for support of an ARCOM Seminar, proposers (who would normally be, but not restricted to, ARCOM members) must provide a summary/record of the event(s) for publication on the ARCOM website and/or newsletter. Please email info@arcom.ac.uk for informal queries about the ARCOM Seminar.

29th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting announced

The 29th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held in Reading, at the University and the Town Hall, between Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th September 2013. Please click here to find out more.

ARCOM Committee Members for 2012-13

Click here to view the minutes from the 2012 AGM, including details of the election of the new ARCOM Committee.

Read the latest Newsletter!

ARCOM has just released its latest newsletter, available to download from the Newsletters page. Find out about workshops, seminars and the forthcoming conference and read a number of other aritcles of interest.

ARCOM Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) and Amendments to the ARCOM Constitution

An EGM took place in Edinburgh on Friday 3 February 2012 to discuss amendments to the ARCOM Constitution. The proposed amendments were introduced to sharpen the election process, and included a clause to deal with situations where there is a tie in the lowest vote count, a change from paper-based voting to an online voting system, and the exemption of executive officers from the general vote for up to a normal term of two years. The amended constitution was ratified at the EGM, and a copy can be found here.

ARCOM Research Seminars Coming Soon ...

The ARCOM Committee organises an annual Away Day to discuss strategically future developmental issues relating to ARCOM and its community. During this year's Away Day held in Edinburgh, it was decided that ARCOM should build on the success of its doctoral research workshops to engage with more seasoned academic researchers in the field. It was decided that ARCOM will develop a new strand of research seminars called the ARCOM Seminar Series. The purpose is to bring together more experienced academic researchers to debate contemporary research topics. The idea is also to extend participation to researchers from other fields, such as mainstream organisation and management studies and the social sciences. Details to be made available soon ...