Introduction

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Typically, issues related to the construction sector were addressed by academics and the research communities from the broad perspective of either (i) management and organizational, (ii) technical and engineering, (iii) legal and economics, (iv) environmental and sustainability, and (v) ethics and governance.

In addition, a search via the internet on the construction sector related journals revealed that there is a gap in the literature discussing knowledge areas, skills, practices and management issues on quantity surveying and construction business.

However, events in recent years including the current global economics recession arising from the ‘credit crunch’, the needs for greater transparency in the way in which business are carried out, greater concerns on the environment and sustainability, health and safety, value for money, the newer approaches in procurement including the Public Private Partnerships, etc suggest that many aspects related to the construction sector are in dire needs of change.

Consequently, newer, better and more holistic approaches in looking as issues related to the construction sector, to compliment to the six broad perspectives mentioned above, are required.

Given the above scenario, the Editors proposed this journal, the JQSCB. The underlying reason behind this proposal is to draw inputs from the increasingly dynamic and modern knowledge area and skills in quantity surveying and of the construction business practitioners, especially contractors, in effort to look for newer and better approaches on how the businesses of the construction sector are to be carried out, and to narrow the gap in the literature related to quantity surveying and construction business.

In addition, the Editors believe the ‘marriage’ between the skills of the quantity surveyors and that of the construction business practitioners, together with inputs from the other stakeholders, would augur well for the future of the construction sector.

Consequently, the aims and objectors of the JQSCB are:

  • To offer a unique opportunity for authors to contribute, and readers to enjoy, its contents in terms of it being informative on the key areas of quantity surveying and construction business
  • To report research works on newer and better approaches in carrying out the businesses of the construction sector focusing on harnessing the knowledge, skills, practices and management related to quantity surveying and construction business; and
  • To consider the vital issue of the education, training, research and development needs in quantity surveying and construction business management