Published Books

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Valuing People in Construction - Published Book

Valuing People in Construction

Edited by Fidelis Emuze and John Smallwood

Published August 10, 2017 by Routledge (292 Pages)

The book addresses people issues in the construction industry where behavioural outcomes impact upon business and project performance. The main proposition of the book is that as people continue to lead the completion of construction activities, their health, safety, and well-being should be seen as a priority, and valued by stakeholders. As employers and employees, the role of people in construction must be to strive for the improvement of individual lives and society. This edited collection, which is the first book to focus specifically on placing value on people in construction, focuses on people at work, gender at work, conditions at work, and respect at work. In addition to an editorial overview, the book presents tested and refined empirical work and case studies by leading construction researchers from Africa, Australia, and Europe.

Value & Waste in Lean Construction - Published Book

Value and Waste in Lean Construction

Edited by Fidelis A. Emuze and Tarcisio A. Saurin

Published November 30, 2015 by Routledge (176 Pages)

Non-value adding activities are otherwise known as ‘waste’ in the lean construction lexicon. The aim of this collection is to build a common understanding of the role and contribution of value-adding activities in achieving stipulated objectives and continuous improvement in construction projects, and to contrast this with waste. Although the lean approach to construction projects has been widely covered, this is the first book that explicitly provides the link between value and waste in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector.

This internationally researched collection seeks to create a paradigm shift, which will shape work processes and future directions for how value is conceptualized and operationalized in both the project management and business aspects of construction. The readers will gain an understanding of: 

  • The value-adding paradigm in construction
  • How to make value-supporting decisions
  • Waste identification and control in practice

With contributions from South Africa, Brazil, Norway, and the USA, the implications of this book are globally relevant. This is essential reading for all higher level students of construction management and economics, and all professionals interested in value management. 

Construction Safety Pocketbook for South Africa - Published Book

Construction Safety Pocketbook for South Africa

Edited by Fidelis A. Emuze

Published by UJ Press

Construction is one of the oldest activities known to mankind, yet it is an industry where the health, safety and wellbeing of people are often at risk. While South African construction safety laws and regulations are up-to-date, the accidents, injuries and fatalities at construction sites remain a challenge. This pocketbook, which is based on the 2014 Construction Regulations, serves as a handy reference guide addressing the most common hazards facing construction workers.

Construction Health & Safety in Developing Countries - Published Book

Construction Health and Safety in Developing Countries

Edited By Patrick Manu, Fidelis Emuze, Tarcisio Abreu Saurin, Bonaventura Hadikusumo

Published September 4, 2019 by Routledge (346 Pages)

The global construction sector is infamous for high levels of injuries, accidents and fatalities, and poor health and well-being of its workforce. While this record appears in both developed and developing countries, the situation is worse in developing countries, where major spending on infrastructure development is expected. There is an urgent need to improve construction health and safety (H&S) in developing countries. The improvement calls for the development of context-specific solutions underpinned by research into challenges and related solutions.

This edited volume advances the current understanding of construction H&S in developing countries by revealing context-specific issues and challenges that have hitherto not been well explored in the literature, and applying emergent H&S management approaches and practices in developing countries.