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Cracking the Productivity Nut

12 August 2010

Papers are being sought for the EFMC conference in 2011 in Vienna which will focus on Productivity and FM for both its business conference and research symposium

The  European Facility Management Conference (EFMC) consists of two connected conference streams addressing the same theme of Productivity. The EFMC 2011 Business Conference and the 10th EuroFM Research Symposium  will both focussing on the topic .
Productivity has been in the forefront of business in FM for many years. There are many definitions for productivity ranging from the quantitative to the qualitative. FM productivity covers workplace productivity, managing user experience and optimizing space use. This call for papers focuses on cutting edge business practice in both quantitative and qualitative productivity oriented projects
The economic crises has put attention on finding evidence for productivity projects including workplace innovation, (global) TFM outsourcing, sustainability versus productivity, etc. Often the potential for better productivity has been used as an argument for starting these projects.
FM is increasingly being asked to deliver new ways of working that support an increasingly mobile and dispersed workforce, as well as sustainable workplaces.
The EFMC 2011 Business Conference provides an opportunity for knowledge transfer for the benefit of the FM profession. It will highlight practice and innovation in this field, and create a platform for collaboration and bringing together the evidence. The Business Conference is open to all interested parties involved in FM. Authors responding may address issues that consider FM at a strategic, tactical and operational level, from a demand and supply perspective, and across different sectors. Especially welcome are clients and service providers who present their business case together, and  there will also be joint workshop sessions with the Research Symposium for joint papers between research and business collaborators.
Sub-Themes could include FM Productivity, Measurement of Productivity, Knowledge Creation and Management, Culture and Productivity Strategy and Innovation, Productivity and Sustainability and FM as a Factor of Production
Topics of interest could include Facilitating Core Business Processes, FM and Virtualisation, FM as a Unit of Production, FM Positioning and Strategy, Experience Management, Impact of New Ways of Working, Optimization and Lean Management, Performance Management,  Productivity Management, Relationship Management, Value Added FM, Value Management, Workplace Productivity and Management and other related topics
The EFMC2011 will  include a ’25 Years FM in Europe’ toast, key-note speakers, an enlarged exhibition, an Awards Gala at Vienna City Hall, Students Poster Competition, Book Presentation and Report Presentation. Pre-conference meetings will take place at the Federal Guild of Building Trades and include Network Group Meetings, Editorial Board Meeting, IFMA Town Hall Meeting and IFMA Foundation Meeting, a ‘Construction+FM Roundtable’ and a Leaders Meeting. More than 600 delegates from European countries and abroad are expected. For information on the Research Symposium and abstract entry forms visit
Timetable for Papers
• 1 November 2010: Deadline for abstract submission
• 26 November 2010: Notification of acceptance
• 14 February 2011: Full paper for revision
• 14 March 2011: Referees comments
• 11 April 2011: Final paper

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