Developing consensus on the Real Estate body of knowledge

Developing consensus on the Real Estate body of knowledge

This project, funded by the RICS Research Trust (award No 448), aims to elicit examples of the ‘knowledge of practice’ in real estate practice. This will try to go beyond statements of competency to establish the complexity and indeterminacy of practice activities. This will demonstrate the true worth of practice and identify features for the further development of skills as a challenge to continuously developing practitioners. We would very much appreciate your involvement; it should take no more than 10 minutes. As a thank you, we will send a £30 book token to the first 50 respondents who agree to continue into the other rounds of the project and reply by 17 December 2012.

The approach to our research requires a number of iterations to arrive at a consensus of key activities, the narrative expression of these, and the categorisation of them. The first task requires you to state the activities you undertake. A framework is used in the questionnaire for this to help focus you on the activities. It is important to use natural language, however inadequate you may feel this is for the task. Do not worry about making these sophisticated or grammatical but just present examples that come immediately to mind. We are aware that it is not easy to categorise activities and so do not worry about placing these wrongly or repeating activities. These issues will be dealt with at a later stage as we iterate and share with you other practitioners’ responses.

The web questionnaire is available here.

For more information about the project download our poster.

Thank you for your help in this.

Professor David Boyd and Abdul-Rasheed Amidu
Birmingham School of the Built Environment
Birmingham City University
Birmingham B4 7XG


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