Professional, academic and industrial development needs: a competency mapping and expert opinion review

Perera, Srinath, Pearson, John, Ekundayo, Damilola and Zhou, Lei (2013) Professional, academic and industrial development needs: a competency mapping and expert opinion review. International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 17 (2). pp. 143-160. ISSN 1648-715X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/1648715X.2013.806966

Abstract

There is a tripartite pull from academics, industry and professional bodies on the development needs of the Quantity Surveyor (QS). At best, there is scope for misunderstandings between the stakeholders as to what is being required and what is being achieved. At worst there may be actual gaps in the education and/or training being offered and some discrepancies between the levels of attainment. This research sought to review the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) QS competencies and their application in the delivery of QS degree programmes. The changing development needs of QSs who satisfy the aspirations of industrial, professional and academic stakeholders were investigated through content analysis of the views of an expert forum consisting of relevant stakeholders and a series of competency mapping case studies. The study revealed that there are considerably different standards right across the RICS accredited QS programmes with respect to coverage of competencies. It is concluded that there is no standard benchmark in achieving competencies and it is open to individual interpretation. Further research in the development of a Graduate Competency Threshold Benchmark is suggested to align the disparate views of the stakeholders to accommodate changing development needs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 27-6-13 ahead of print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competency mapping, graduate quantity surveyor, QS degree programmes, RICS QS competencies, stakeholders
Subjects: K200 Building
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 09:01
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2015 13:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12040

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