10th Nordic Conference

10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization

7-8 May 2019, Tallinn, Estonia

Regional markets, networks and opportunities


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. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings which will be published Open Access in Emerald’s online Conference Proceedings series (available on www.emeraldinsight.com) and submitted to Scopus for indexing. The best contributions will be recognized through best paper awards.

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.


  • Abstract submission deadline 30April 2018
  • Full paper submission deadline 31 August 2018
  • Camera ready paper submission deadline 15 December 2018
  • Pre-conference Doctoral Workshop 6 May 2019
  • Conference dates 7-8 May 2019


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


Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia. Historically, as a significant member of the Hanseatic League, it has been a centre of regional trade – between Western Europe and North Western Russia, between Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, and around the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn has also been at the forefront of regional networking and cultural interchange bringing together a diversity of religious groups, merchants, feudal overlords, under the rule of various military orders (Livonian Brothers of the Sword, the Teutonic Order) and imperial powers (Denmark, Sweden, Tsarist Russia). Today, the Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres. It is included on the Unesco World Heritage List as an exceptionally complete medieval northern European trading city on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

The host institution, Tallinn University of Technology, is the only university in Estonia that focuses on engineering and technology. There are more than 11,000 students at the university (of which approximately 30% are masters and 6% are doctoral students). Tallinn University of Technology is the primary provider of education and research to the Estonian construction industry so that it enjoys a unique connection with local industry and enjoys an extensive network of alumni.


Monday, 6th May 2019 Tuesday, 7th May 2019 Wednesday, 8th May 2019
Opening and keynote Keynote
Coffee Coffee
PhD workshop Sessions Sessions
Lunch Lunch
Sessions Sessions
Coffee Coffee
Get together Sessions Closing
City reception Conference dinner (Creon Board Meeting)

Previous conferences in this series

Nordic conferences on Construction Economics and Organization have been biennial networking events for academics and industry professionals organised by the CREON (Construction Researchers on Economics and Organisation in the Nordic Region) Network. Previous events include:

  • 7th conference – Trondheim 2013 – Green urbanisation – implications for value creation
  • 8th conference – Tampere 2015 – Leadership for targeted change and proven advancements
  • 9th conference – Gothenburg 2017 – What happened to quality? Design, processes and outcomes

Further information about the CREON Network is available at: https://creon-net.org

The proceedings of the last conference are available at: https://creon-net.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/9th_Proceedings.pdf