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Leveraging concepts for environmentally sustainable business management in construction - a focused review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIB Proceedings 2015
Subtitle of host publicationGoing North for Sustainability: Leveraging Knowledge and Innovation for Sustainable Construction and Development
EditorsCharles Egbu
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherIBEA Publications Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-326-47951-0
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


ConferenceInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Conference
Period1/01/00 → …


The main objective of this paper is to advance applied conceptual knowledge about environmentally sustainable business management (BM) in construction. Environmentally sustainable BM is herein defined to encompass the utilization and development of natural resources in ways which are compatible with the maintenance of these resources, and with the conservation of the natural and built environments, for current and future generations. In principle, concept designers can incorporate environmental sustainability into their BM concepts as a dimension, an element, or an attribute of managing, or as a criterion in decision making. Readily, the 71 construction-related BM concepts have been published between 1990 and 2013. A focused review resulted in the expected findings, i.e., only the 11 (15%) construction-related BM concepts have been designed along the environmental sustainability dimension. Thus, it is posited that high-sustainability BM concepts be designed by coupling environmental sustainability with the three other necessary dimensions, i.e., content-free frames of reference on BM, schools of thought on generic BM, and focal contexts in construction, respectively. In turn, CIB-related researchers may adopt these couplings and engage themselves with cross-disciplinary BM conceptualization programs in collaboration with farsighted business managers in construction.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • business management, concept design, construction, environmental sustainability, research review

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