Modern Construction Management edition 7

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The seventh edition of Modern Construction Management by Frank Harris and Ronald McCaffer will be published by Wileys in February 2013.

MCM is established as a core undergraduate and post graduate textbook for students of construction management, project management, building and civil engineering degrees. The new edition reflects current best practice, topical industry issues and the latest developments in degree programmes and fundamental subjects for students.

The soon to be published companion web site, when available shortly at, will offer invaluable resources for both students and particularly lecturers in providing the slides for lecture preparation and solutions to tutorial examples.


The web site will contain:

  • Solutions to the self-learning exercises in section four of book
  • Questions directory: maps the questions to the chapter which will help you
  • PowerPoint slides with discussion topics
  • Journal and web references span
  • Useful links

Structured to reflect site, business and corporate responsibilities of managers in construction, the book continues to provide strong coverage of the salient elements required for developing and equipping the modern construction manager with the competencies and skills for both technical and business related areas.


Modern Construction Management 7 presents construction as a socially responsible, innovative, carbon-reducing, manager-involved, people-orientated, crisis-free industry that is efficient and cost effective. The overall themes for the Seventh Edition are:


  1. Drivers for efficiency: lean construction underpinning production management and off-site production methods.
  2. Sustainability: reflecting the transition to a low carbon economy.
  3. Corporate Social Responsibility: embracing health & safety, modernistic contracts, effective procurement, and employment issues.
  4. Building Information Management: directed towards the improvement of construction management systems.


While the construction process still requires traditional skills, changes over recent decades today demand improved understanding of modern business, production and contractual practices. The book has undergone a thorough re-write, eliminating some of the older material and adding new processes now considered essential to achieving lean construction. Particular emphasis is given, for example, to supply chains and networks, value and risk management, BIM, ICT, project arrangements, corporate social responsibility, training, health and welfare and environmental sustainability.


The comprehensive selection of worked examples, based on real and practical situations in construction management and methods will help to consolidate learning.