Reflecting on future research concerning the added value of FM

Per Anker Jensen, Theo J.M. van der Voordt, Christian Coenen, Anna-Liisa Sarasoja
  • Facilities, September 2014, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/f-09-2012-0070

Added value of FM

What is it about?

This paper aims to summarize recent research findings and reflections on The Added Value of Facilities Management (FM) and to outline perspectives for future research and development of the added value of FM. The article is based on reflections on contributions to the recently published book “The Added Value of Facilities Management” and related future studies, as well as further exploration of five main themes. Added value is expected to be central in the future development of FM, which is confirmed by recent foresight studies. There is a need for a better understanding of alignment between FM and core business, performance measurement methods and how models such as the FM Value Map can be of value to the involved stakeholders. Corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and branding have great potential to add value and to elevate FM to become a strategic partner with corporate top management. Management of stakeholders’ perception of value and relationships are essential aspects as well and need further attention.

Why is it important?

The findings and ideas for further research on the added value of FM deliver input to further professionalization of FM.


Dr. Theo van der Voordt
Technische Universiteit Delft

This paper provides important input to the future research agenda on the added value of FM and sheds new light on five particular research topics.

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