In 1989 a consortium of the UK's leading construction companies invited selected universities to submit proposals for a new degree programme in Quantity Surveying to prepare graduates for the wider aspects of their commercial activities. The Department of Building Engineering at UMIST was chosen to develop the first programme, to be called Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying (CM&QS). Ashworth (1994) has indicated that it is essential for programme designers to identify what students will be expected to know and understand and what skills will be required of them when they enter into practice. The aim of the programme, together with Ashworth's comments, highlight the need to define commercial management and to identify the role of the commercial manager. As part of the review and monitoring processes associated with the programme development, a detailed investigation of the nature and context of commercial management was carried out by an occupational psychologist trained in interview and job analysis techniques.
|Publisher||Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|