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   ISSN (Print) 2043-9156 - ISSN (Online) 2043-9148
   Published by Henry Stewart Publications Homepage  [18 journals]
  • Case study: Si.mobil workplace redesign project
    • Abstract: Business leaders have an opportunity to transform their companies when they work in close collaboration with their architects and can be important partners in the redesign of their company with results that directly impact employee satisfaction, corporate image, efficiency and quality of products and services. This paper describes how innovative design processes were utilised by the appointed architects in partnership with Si.mobil to achieve: improved employee health and wellbeing, increased operational flexibility, an innovative environment, more optimum arrangement of functions, improved corporate image and a more fun place to work. The project was completed on 4th November, 2013 and comprised the renovation, restructuring and remodelling of Si.mobil's 4,000m2 headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The extensive changes in the company's workspace led directly to an improvement in morale and productivity among Si.mobil employees. This project was not only about transforming the Si.mobil space, but also about transforming corporate culture. In this paper detailed information is presented regarding the initial steps of the project, what was needed to get on track, how the architects worked with the team at Si.mobil throughout the project to ensure everything ran smoothly and what was done after the project to determine how successful the changes were for the client at all levels of the organisation.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 175-181

      Authors
      Alenka Kragelj Eržen
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:43 GMT
       
  • SunTrust accelerates productive mobility: A corporate real estate story of
           speed in execution and driving shareholder value
    • Abstract: Corporate real estate (CRE) business units should align their strategy more closely with key organisational goals — such as driving shareholder value — and view themselves as a key factor for the business in the revenue-generation equation. This paper presents a case study of how SunTrust's CRE function quickly made that transition, dramatically shifting priorities to improve the bank's efficiency ratio. The team accomplished this goal by reinventing the bank's workplace environment to match the needs of its employees. Previously, the focus was primarily on how to save money and occupancy expense; however, the traditional metrics of CRE, such as cost per seat or square footage per seat, while important measurement tools, did not tell the whole story. SunTrust CRE chose instead to focus on how it could partner with businesses on decisions that impact its efficiency ratio — how much the bank spends to make a dollar — which was a much better gauge of CRE's contribution to shareholder value.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 166-174

      Authors
      Mike Hurst
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:43 GMT
       
  • Managing today's workplace complexity: A necessity for competing in the
           talent war
    • Abstract: Today's workplace has become more complex than ever before. The influx of millennials and the influence of ever-changing technology have altered how people work. Rather than resist this new wave of working, companies like Red Hat have embraced the changes to maximise their attraction and retention strategies and create highly engaging workforces, better bottom-line performance and more-productive associates. Welcome to the new age of the workplace where complexity is the norm and attraction and retention strategy is the game.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 147-155

      Authors
      Craig Youst
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:42 GMT
       
  • The future of the financial workplace: Banks, workplace and property in a
           changing world
    • Abstract: The global financial crisis has been a wake-up call for the banking industry, which has faced increased costs and regulation coupled with reduced profit margins. This situation has resulted in cutbacks in people and property, and many workplaces have not evolved relative to other sectors such as technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Consequently, banks are in danger of missing out on new opportunities associated with changes in consumer demand, the continuing technology revolution, evolving worker requirements and the so-called ‘war for talent’. This paper identifies five key forces impacting the banking sector, assesses what these mean for the future of banking and the workplace, and makes recommendations as to how banks should respond. The paper references a recent DTZ and Unwork report that leveraged 100 interviews with senior figures in the world's largest retail and commercial banks. The paper provides insights that corporate real estate executives, in banks and other sectors, could use to inform workplace strategy and business planning.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 156-165

      Authors
      Neil Austin
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:42 GMT
       
  • Real-time energy monitoring for office buildings: No more wasting money on
           wasted energy
    • Abstract: Real-time energy monitoring is an exciting new technology that allows instantaneous feedback on energy usage at a property. This paper highlights how this programme can be used to drive energy savings through operational efficiencies, illustrating how a reader could implement a similar programme and using ConAgra Foods as a case study.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 138-146

      Authors
      Chuck Palm
      J.B. Matthews
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:41 GMT
       
  • Development and implementation of holistic facilities management concepts
    • Abstract: In the authors’ experience, many companies still run somewhat immature facilities management (FM) operations, built on ad-hoc premises, with no holistic view. Deploying a holistic FM concept not only gives the organisation the opportunity to save more money, but also helps to shift the focus from cost and quality to cover proactivity and innovation in addition. In this way, FM can become a strategic asset and even a competitive advantage. Deploying a holistic FM concept will help to show the breadth and depth of the importance of FM within the organisation, and can contribute to moving FM up to a strategic level. The authors’ model of a holistic FM concept consists of five elements: FM strategy and goals, governance model, internal cooperation and communication, service delivery, and performance and cost management. When setting a new course for FM operations, the authors believe it is important to make sure as many parts as possible are thought of and melded together. By reviewing and using these five elements one can go a long way.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 129-137

      Authors
      Rune L. Johannessen
      Viktor Heimer Berglund
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:40 GMT
       
  • Location strategy for US-based office operations: Driving significant
           financial and workforce returns through best-practice location strategy
           development
    • Abstract: This paper examines the best practice approach for selecting the optimal location for new or relocating business operations. It reviews how to identify functional candidates for relocation, assessing the financial feasibility of relocation, alternative transition strategies, identifying the optimal alternative location for the operation, and on the-ground investigation of alternative locations, and incentives. The paper notes the importance of human capital and operational excellence as drivers of location strategy.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 122-128

      Authors
      Jeffrey Lessard
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:40 GMT
       
  • Beyond ‘us’ versus ‘them’: Why and how suppliers
           and corporate teams should partner for better results
    • Abstract: Like many other corporate functions, the corporate real estate and facilities operations (collectively referred to as ‘CRE’) department relies heavily on external suppliers to provide critical services. In CRE, however, the relationships between corporate ‘clients’ and their outside consultants and vendors seem unusually tense and are often adversarial. To some extent, this is a result of the different mindsets and cultures that exist on different sides of the table. In the author's experience, this divide is entirely unnecessary and a serious impediment to the industry as a whole. Because the opportunities for collaboration are many and the need for strategic alignment with the business is so great, CRE leaders of all types must establish stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with their suppliers and consultants. This paper outlines the way forward. Specifically, it explores the many different areas for engagement and collaboration, showing how increased engagement and collaboration can lead to improved performance.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 114-121

      Authors
      George Bouri
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:40 GMT
       
  • A precis on the American property tax system
    • Abstract: The American property tax system is complex due to the federal system of government and multiple assessing and taxing jurisdictions in the 50 states. This article seeks to shed some light on issues of importance to those in the commercial real estate industry outside of the US who own property in America and are not conversant with the system.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 109-113

      Authors
      Elliott B. Pollack
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:39 GMT
       
  • Gifting the future
    • Abstract: Gifting the future
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Guest editorial
      Pages 104-105

      Authors
      Neil Usher
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:39 GMT
       
  • Leasing and ownership in the defence aerospace world: The arguments for
           and against in today's economic climate
    • Abstract: Leasing and ownership in the defence aerospace world: The arguments for and against in today's economic climate
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Comment
      Pages 106-108

      Authors
      Geoffrey Troan
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 2 / Winter 2015
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:34:38 GMT
       
  • A glimpse into the future: How smart buildings are changing corporate real
           estate
    • Abstract: Smart-building technologies are having a growing impact on corporate real estate. As workplace strategies and the built environment change, corporate real estate executives must understand the benefits and cost impact of smart-building solutions. This paper will arm corporate real estate executives with examples, strategies and tactics that they can put into practice to yield beneficial results in their real estate portfolios.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 89-96

      Authors
      Dan Probst
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:39 GMT
       
  • An overview of steps and tools for the corporate real estate strategy
           alignment process
    • Abstract: Strategic thinking is a continuous process, alternating between thinking, planning and evaluating. Corporate real estate management (CREM) practitioners need to align their strategy and activities with corporate strategy during the entire process that the organisation goes through. Along the way, many different issues need to be considered, and the right tools used to make the right decisions. This paper aims to provide an overview of the strategic thinking process, and to identify important steps to take, and possible tools to use when taking them. First, strategic thinking is discussed and where CREM should start alignment. Then, CREM literature on the activities of CRE managers and possible tools is assigned to the different steps of the alignment process. Finally, an overview is created for CREM in practice to improve strategic thinking and alignment. CREM research has identified and created many tools for CREM practitioners to use to work towards alignment. However, an overview of how to proceed with alignment during the entire strategic thinking process was lacking. This paper contains a first attempt at such an overview. This overview of steps and tools to reach alignment could be used by CREM practitioners to discuss alignment with general management. Hopefully, this will help with receiving more strategic attention and the promotion of CREM departments as strategists in CREM's evolution. Studies on alignment of CREM with corporate strategy tend to focus on one phase of the alignment (either initial alignment or performance management). This paper extends the alignment strategy from initial alignment towards implementation and evaluation, covering the whole process while also providing an overview of existing tools and methods to use.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 44-61

      Authors
      Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek
      Barry Haynes
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • Sustainable business strategies: FM's impact on a company's targets
    • Abstract: Sustainability is a major topic for the real estate industry, but the impact of facilities management (FM) on a company's objectives is still not clear. Due to the fact that decision makers have little time to concentrate on details, a system was developed to link FM contributions to company targets. This system makes it possible to allow a non-technical client to understand the produced effort and recognise the usage for their portfolio. As a result, it leads to a sustainability strategy, which comprises both business targets and the contribution of secondary processes.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 81-88

      Authors
      Guido Hardkop
      Thomas Häusser
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • Portfolio performance metrics: The rationale and methodologies
    • Abstract: As strategic changes on the real estate landscape evolve through greater institutional consolidation, securitisation and focus on core business, corporate real estate departments find themselves caught up in the wake of this transformation.One of the more pronounced trends concerns the occupancy status of large organisations. ln particular, there has been a gradual move away from portfolios that consist of owned assets to those that are primarily leased. Such migration in ownership positions also forces corporate real estate departments to reassess how their performance is evaluated. Under the previous construct, rental income from third party tenants provided one of the key benchmarks of how this was measured, but as assets are sold and possibly leased back, what are the indicators that now demonstrate how well a corporate real estate department is performing? This paper discusses the emerging importance of performance metrics that provide logical and repeatable benchmarks that can be used to evaluate, set targets and strategise leased portfolios.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Comment
      Pages 20-25

      Authors
      Tony Gill
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • Solutions for managing an international corporate real estate portfolio
    • Abstract: What are the challenges in managing an international corporate real estate (CRE) portfolio, and how can they be overcome? This paper notes the importance of development of a system of measurement that differentiates objectives and takes into account the varying operating environment conditions in different countries. It identifies principal risks in management of an international CRE portfolio and summarises three methods to reduce their influence. The approaches could be used as effective tools for providing better management of an international CRE portfolio and increasing shareholder value. The paper discusses application of each method and its benefits and disadvantages. Each method could be applied individually or as a combination of two or three, depending on an assessment of the company and its goals. In this way, each interested company could choose the best approach, depending on its portfolio and business strategy. In an uncertain climate, with increasing competition due to globalisation, the CRE property portfolio has to become more relevant to a company's business activity and shareholder value in order for the company to survive.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 62-69

      Authors
      Petar Andonov
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • Editorial
    • Abstract: Editorial
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Editorial
      Pages 4-5

      Authors
      Thomas Glatte, Dr
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • International manufacturing site selection (Part II): A case study
    • Abstract: This paper is based on a preceding paper that analysed methods used for the evaluation of sites as part of location strategies for corporations (‘International manufacturing site selection (Part I): A comprehensive site analysis model’). Therein a comprehensive model for the analysis of manufacturing sites was developed and explained in detail. The internationally applicable model consists of ten phases and requires stepwise application of specific evaluation models. This paper now aims to show application of the methodology on the basis of a case study. It is the aim of this paper to provide proof and support for the comprehensive methodology, and to seek understanding of the challenges attached to site selection processes.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 26-43

      Authors
      Thomas Glatte
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • People, space and technology: A dynamic model
    • Abstract: Several models show the relationship between people, space and technology (PST) in organisations, particularly within the realm of workplace design; however, they fail to properly capture the dynamic nature of such relationships and the impacts of change processes. The purpose of this paper is to propose a dynamic PST model. A comprehensive evaluation of existing PST models and insights, derived from a PhD dissertation, was used to inform a model that more appropriately reflects the intrinsic nature of each of the associated elements. Literature from material behaviour and diffusion of innovation theory contributed to the model. The proposed dynamic PST model maintains the three chief elements — people, space and technology — but adds an extra axis — time — to reflect the dynamicity of change. A derived outcome of this model is the incorporation of management as an integral and essential analogous visco-elastic ingredient in PST change processes. The analogy adopts concepts relating to the physical properties of materials and applies them to the model dynamics. A nomenclature of management ‘geometries’ is proposed. Important implications for management, in terms of the stressors and strain effects of PST change, are highlighted. The model is theoretical and yet to be tested. Early attempts to use commercially available software to develop a working model are discussed. Future research would tell how far the modelling could be extended in terms of developing reliable metrics for the management variables and representing them in organisational ecologies. The paper contributes to theoretical knowledge of workplace design, reflecting the dynamic nature of organisations and allowing visualisation of abstract organisational concepts. The model is expected to create a common platform for collaboration between human resources and information technology departments, as well as property and facilities managers and architects.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Papers
      Pages 70-80

      Authors
      Agustin Chevez
      Guillermo Aranda-Mena
      Peter Edwards
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
  • CRE's evolution since 2000: Impacts of technology, or is the CRE
           director's job being diminished?
    • Abstract: Y2K, the dot.com bubble, 9/11, the housing and sub-prime bubbles, globalisation, climate change, the global financial crisis: how has the role of corporate real estate (CRE) changed since 2000? This paper explores what is different and what are the constants in CRE as an industry, focusing on the impacts of technology on the workplace. It reflects the author's perspective of CRE from inside corporate America, the classroom and the boardroom. This paper concludes that what is changing is the pace at which technology impacts the workplace. The constants are that change is hard, the same industries tend to lead and leverage workplace innovation (technology and consultancy firms, financial and insurance services, telecommunications companies, etc), but many corporations still do not track foundational data about their real estate assets to enable CRE to add value on a tactical level, much less strategic value. The need for agility remains the overarching theme — agility in the way that the workplace is thought of and designed, and agility in the mindset with which one approaches CRE. The paper draws parallels between some of the pressures and opportunities that CRE and information technology face related to the evolution of their respective roles since the turn of the century.
      Content Type Journal Article
      Category Comment
      Pages 6-19

      Authors
      Margaret Latshaw
      Journal Corporate Real Estate Journal
      Online ISSN 2043-9156
      Print ISSN 2043-9148
      Journal Volume Volume 4
      Journal Issue Volume 4, Number 1 / Autumn/Fall 2014
      PubDate: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:02:38 GMT
       
 
 
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