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Timber Structures researchers win prize for research about standardization in housing construction

Published: 5 October 2015

At the 31st annual ARCOM Conference (Association of Researchers in Construction Management) Anders Viking and Lars Stehn from Luleå University were awarded the prize for best research methodology for their conference paper 'Exploring Swedish local planning authorities' perceptions of standardized housing construction'.

The annual ARCOM Conference brings together leading researchers from the entire world to discuss research findings in construction and plan quality research that simultaneously support the development of the construction sector. At the conference, prizes are awarded to contributions that clearly stands out. At the 2015 ARCOM conference Luleå University of Technology researcher Anders Viking received a best paper award for the second year in  a row.

- For some time now I have tried to understand the interaction between local planning authorities and standardized housing contractors in relation to housing construction. In my research I use theories of what is called the "institutional logics' to describe and develop this interaction. It is mainly how we have dealt with and explained these theories that has resulted in us receiving the ARCOM 2015 best paper award, says Anders Viking, doctoral student in the research topic Timber Structures.

The article presents results of how various local decision-makers perceive standardization and standardized housing contractors and how it fits or does not fit into their plans for development and housing construction in a number of Swedish municipalities.

- Some of the results indicate that municipalities do not consider standardization and standardized housing construction to be negatively, quite the opposite, but only under certain conditions. It is these conditions that we are trying to get a better handle on, says Lars Stehn, Professor of Timber, and co-author of the conference paper.

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Lars Stehn

Stehn, Lars - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
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