Call for Papers – 10th Nordic Conference in Tallinn

10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization

7-8 May 2019, Tallinn, Estonia

Regional markets, networks and opportunities


  • Abstract submission: [conference website TBA]
  • Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2018

We welcome both academic and industry contributions to the 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Abstract and full paper submissions are managed through the online conference management system. Authors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words and 5 keywords. You will be asked to select a conference theme when submitting your abstract.

Submitted conference papers will be subject to a double-blind review by leading experts and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. The best contributions will be recognized through best paper awards and opportunities to submit extended versions of papers for publication in a well-known scientific journal.

The conference programme includes a pre-conference workshop for doctoral students addressing research methods. Doctoral students are also welcome to contribute to the main program of this conference.

Conference theme

Against a backdrop of globalization, the free movement of people, goods, services and capital particularly within the European Single Market, suggest that it is increasingly relevant to consider the construction industry from a regional perspective. Regional integration brings with it both opportunities – to expand operations and smooth out the volatile construction cycles in smaller countries – and associated challenges such as greater competition and the conditions governing posted workers. The academic research community has historically embraced networking beyond national boundaries, but under these same drivers, regional and international research coallitions are increasingly becoming the norm.

The 10th Nordic conference on Construction Economics and Organization is focused on exploring these developments with its general theme “Regional markets, networks and opportunities”. This conference brings together leading experts from academia and industry to network and share the latest research findings and industrial experiences. We welcome contributions from industry, research institutes and academics. More specific themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

The economics and business of construction

  • Economic modelling
  • Whole life costing
  • Business models and strategies
  • Value in construction and real estate
  • Supply chains

Construction and project management

  • Quality, time and cost management
  • Risk management
  • Procurement management
  • Performance measurement
  • Decision-making

Building information, data and digitalization

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Digital design
  • IT for construction
  • Construction data
  • Big data

Innovations in the construction process

  • Lean construction
  • Off-site construction
  • Industrial construction
  • Relational contracting
  • Early contractor involvement

Sustainability and resource efficiency

  • Social, environmental and economic sustainability
  • Zero energy buildings
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Climate change

Stakeholders of construction and real estate

  • Stakeholder roles
  • Gender and diversity
  • Health, safety and well-being
  • Organisations and institutions
  • Dispute resolution

Built environments

  • Architectural and urban planning issues
  • Value and meaning of spaces
  • Smart cities
  • Healthy cities
  • Disaster resilience

Construction education and research

  • Learning, training and education
  • Study / work interfaces
  • Research orientations and directions
  • Theories and frameworks
  • Research methods

Other topics linked to the overall conference theme

  • Regional, national, local contexts
  • Governance
  • Legislation and regulation
  • Ethics
  • Multidisciplinarity


  • Abstract submission deadline 31 March 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance 31 May 2018
  • Full paper submission deadline 30 September 2018
  • Review results notification 15 December 2018
  • Camera ready paper submission deadline 28 February 2019
  • Pre-conference Doctoral Workshop 6 May 2019
  • Conference dates 7-8 May 2019

Program for 9th Nordic Conference

The conference is approaching,  and we are currently finalizing the program but in order to enable some planning the information below is good to have – looking forward to meet you all!

  • The conference start on Tuesday 13 June at 09.00, with registration from 08.00. The conference ends on 14 June at 16.00.
  • Conference reception is on June 12th at 18.15.
  • The CREON General Assembly will be held at 16.15 on the closing day of the conference.

A detailed program is underway, and can be found on these pages soon.

Also, be sure to read the guidelines for conference presentations in a previous post, or on the conference page.

Guidelines for paper presentations

Presentations are 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion.

All presentations will be done in seminar rooms with tables and chairs in groups to support discussions and interaction between session participants, i.e. no auditorium setting.

To support discussion and common development of knowledge, we do not want presentations that are mere descriptions of paper content. Each presenter should include:

  • a comment/reflection on the challenges of the presented research, considering issues related to method, data collection, relationship to theory etc.
  • comments on in what way the presented research contributes to practice or research and in what way it brings the issues it addresses forward.

We want to know what you learnt from the choices you made in the work behind the paper, and we want to learn how you consider your contribution is adding to the research body in the field of construction economics and organization.

The reason for this approach to presentations is that we want to make sure we learn, not just listen. Do help out in making this an active and learning conference!

Regarding presentations, either bring your lap top or a memory stick with your presentations. Use power point and if you have films or other media included in your presentation make sure all links are active.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organizer. Contact via: goran.lindahl[at]

Call for Papers: Revised paper deadlines for 9th Nordic Conference

The 9th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation will take place at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, June 13-14, 2017.

A new outline of important dates can be found in the attached folder or below. Please note that the deadlines for submission of abstracts and draft papers have been changed:

Important dates
9 September 2016 abstract submission
27 September 2016 notification of abstracts
28 October 2016 submission 1 paper draft
28 November 2016 review 1 decision
20 December 2016 submission 2 revised paper
25 January 2017 review 2 decision
13 March 2017 submission final paper
13-14 June 2017 Conference

9thNordic – Call for papers

Presentation by Stephen Fox at CREON PhD workshop May 30, 2016

What kind of research are you doingIn conjunction with the CIB World Building Congress 2016 in Tampere, Finland, CREON hosted a PhD workshop on the topic “What kind of research are you doing? The workshop was intended for PhD students in construction management and related fields, and others who have ongoing research they want to discuss.

The workshop was attended by more than 20 students and supervisors, and Stephen Fox from VTT gave a presentation that can be downloaded here: What kind of research are you doing.

The details:

  • Date: May 30, 2016
  • Time: 1315
  • Location: Tampere Hall, Sonaatti 1.
  • Address: Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere, Finland
  • Topic: What kind of research are you doing?

The programme:

  • Welcome
  • Each participant gives a two minutes summary of their PhD research
  • Scientific research presentation.
  • Examples of formulating and testing conceptual frameworks, research questions, propositions, and hypotheses.
  • Wrap up.

CREON PhD workshop May 30 at the CIB2016 conference in Tampere


The workshop is intended for PhD students in construction management and related fields, and others who have ongoing research they want to discuss. The workshop is organized by CREON and the CIB World Building Congress 2016. CREON is a network of Construction Researchers on Economics and Organisation in the Nordic region.

Note that the workshop is by no means limited to participants or topics related to the Nordic countries. All construction management researches are welcome. Note that supervisors and others are very welcome to participate in the work shop, in addition to PhD candidates.

PhD work shop in Construction Management Monday May 30, at 13:15.

Location: Tampere Hall.

Topic: What kind of research are you doing?

Availability: limited to 50 participants, based on time of registration.

Price: Free of charge



Award winners at 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation 2015

Award winners at 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation 2015

Winner of the best paper award:

Christoph Merschbrock and Alejandro Figueres-Munoz, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway with the paper: Circumventing Obstacles in Digital Construction Design – A Workaround Theory Perspective.

regular paper

Winners of best doctoral paper award:

Janni Tjell and Petra M. Bosch-Sijtsema, Chalmers University of Technology with the paper: Visual Management in Mid-sized Construction Design Projects

doctoral paper

We congratulate the winners, pictured with Chairman of CREON, Kalle Kähkonen (right) and Brian Atkin (left).

The papers are published in Procedia Economics and Finance, 2015 (Vol. 21).