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The impact of an urban facilities management summer school on the participants

Collins, Dave; Senior, Coline; Jowkar, Mina; Salaj, Alenka Temeljotov; Johansen, Agnar

Authors

Dave Collins

Coline Senior

Alenka Temeljotov Salaj

Agnar Johansen



Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to investigate how an Urban Facilities Management (Urban FM) focused summer school in Norway in 2019 impacted knowledge creation, as well as the host and foreign educators, along with the international student participants.

Design/methodology/approach
This paper’s data collection is formed as a “post-event study” using interviews and a quantitative survey from both the students and educators to look at the impact of the summer school on the student and the associated educational programs.

Findings
The outcomes of this study indicate that the impact on educators and their educational programs was substantial with regard to their teaching experiences. The study confirmed that foreign experience allowed not just for greater potential for cross institution cooperation for the future but also allowed for the usage of the summer school case studies in host and guest educational programs. For the students, the added value was in the international experience primarily and a chance to study on a case study project. The study was also successful in the dissemination of Urban FM knowledge.

Originality/value
This paper also offers added theoretical value in the development of a model in future projects on how to capitalize on the potential impact of the summer school on educators and students. The possibilities for increased dissemination and knowledge creation in Urban FM is also significant.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 19, 2021
Publication Date Jan 12, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2022
Journal Facilities
Print ISSN 0263-2772
Electronic ISSN 0263-2772
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 3/4
Pages 233-247
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/f-02-2021-0013
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2926067