Title: Analysis of FM research subjects : a quantitative investigation of academic FM publications between 2006 and 2012
Authors : Coenen, Christian
Läuppi, Viola
Proceedings: International Journal of Facilities Management
Conference details: 13th EuroFM Research Symposium, EFMC 2014, Berlin, June 4-6, 2014
Issue Date: 2014
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Meta-analysis; Facilities management; Publications
Subject (DDC) : 658.2: Facility Management
Abstract: Background and Purpose: In other fields of research, meta-literature reviews are a common way of obtaining an overview of the covered content and key subjects of the discipline. In FM however, there are only a very few approaches for gaining an insight about key developments of the field. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of the main subject areas of international academic facility management publications. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is based on a quantitative literature review. Data was gathered from academic papers published in FM journals (Facilities and Journal of Facilities Management) between 2006 and 2012. Findings: Almost 400 articles were classified into the 10 FM subject areas defined in EN 15221-1 (2006). The analysis and presentation of results shows that more than 70 percent of these articles fall within the areas of accommodation issues, technical infrastructure, and other support services. Only 15 percent of the research publications were based solely on quantitative data collection. Limitations: Only two of the journals were selected, although other outlets in fields such as engineering, architecture, and management also publish FM-related papers. Originality/value: In addition to a comprehensive presentation of results in relation to subject areas, this study also provides evidence of the development of topics between 2006 and 2012 and the balance of qualitative vs. quantitative methodologies. Practical Implications: The authors offer recommendations to FM authors and editors and present implications with regard to the future of the scientific FM discipline.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
Publication type: Conference Paper
ISSN: 2211-4467
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/3591
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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