The History of Construction Management

by Polly S. Scott, Michigan Technological Univ, Houghton, MI, USA,
W. Eric Showalter, Michigan Technological Univ, Houghton, MI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Construction Management: A State-of-the-Art Update


Construction Management's origins can be traced to several forerunners, and its development, although short, has seen many changes of both practice and attitude. Its cost saving and quality management methods have been praised by most users but its inroads into the construction market has caused controversy among those concerned with holding their share of the market. Experience has made great strides toward uniform understanding of CM practices and qualifications and is still progressing in that direction. This paper traces some of the highlights in CM's development.

Subject Headings: Construction management | History | Quality control | Construction costs | Management methods | Construction methods | Business management | Contracts and subcontracts

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