The 32nd Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)

Monday 5 September to Wednesday 7 September 2016

Conference Theme: Construction work and the worker?

In 2016, the ARCOM Conference heads to the heart of Manchester for the first time.  Manchester is a city known for its many revolutions.  From the industrial revolution in the 18th century that saw widespread mechanisation of industry, to the introduction of the first steam passenger railway in the world, Manchester is also where the recent discovery of graphene is set to revolutionise materials with potentially sizeable impacts for the construction industry.  Socially, Manchester also played a significant role in the cooperative movement, and was the birthplace of the British Suffragette Movement and the Trade Union Congress in Britain.

In this spirit, the 2016 conference will be the first themed conference in ARCOM’s history.  In this conference, we reflect on the many revolutions to ask questions about construction work and the worker.  Possible questions include (through not restricted to):

  • How have technological and social change transformed the nature of construction work and character of the construction worker?
  • Who is the construction worker in the context of ever-extending, multi-layered and global subcontracting?  How is the organisation of construction work and construction workers changing in the normalisation of non-traditional forms of employment (e.g. agency work, self-employment)?
  • There is increasing recognition of rising inequalities at work, demonstrated by the growing gap between the income of managerial elites and that of the worker.  What implications does this growing consciousness have on construction work and the worker?
  • Work is an incalculable noun.  Yet, much work in construction management research is still concerned with measuring and managing the calculable.  What are the complementary and conflictual logics between the research and practice of construction work, and how might we address the tensions?
  • How can we put construction to work?  The field is replete with studies that seek to establish the critical success factors of delivering construction work.  What is the (strength of the) evidence base as to what works and what doesn’t, and for whom?  How can we translate these success factors into reproducible practices for the benefit not only for construction work, but also for society more generally?

More Information

Further details about the conference, including the Call for Papers and track descriotions, can be found at: the ARCOM 2016 conference flyer.

Important dates

Submit an Abstract: Friday 15 January 2016 at 2359 hrs GMT

Notification of acceptance of abstract: Monday 22 February 2016

Submission of first draft of paper: Friday 08 April 2016

Referring decision: Friday 20 May 2016

Submission of final paper: Friday 01 July 2016

Submission of first draft of paper: Friday 08 April 2016

Referring decision: Friday 20 May 2016



Conference Chair: Dr Paul Chan

Conference Secretary: Chris Neilson 


Manchester Town Hall


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