Since 2003 the research on Enabling and Facility Management is done by Ifmec in a structured way. It contains a research table with the focus on the internal relationship of facility management with other support disciplines like HRM; ICT; marketing, procurement and logistics; finance & management control and administration within organisations.
This research programme started in 2005 with an academic, called the “24 hours of Maastricht” with the topic: Shared Service Centre and FM”. From then every year this event was organized as the result of a research period. This research is very much linked to the Executive MBA FM and international comparison shows that the results can be used in a worldwide scope.
The results of this research is now “popularized” in a book for the dutch Facility Management Association and forms the basic for a new book on functional and Enabling Strategy by Prof. dr. ir. Jan van Dalen and Drs. Leo Laanen.
Per year about € 60.000,- to € 80.000,- was spent in this research programme. The programme was financed by IFMEC and because of the limited resources had a well-defined scope and a focus on the Netherlands.
In 2010 a new cycle of research has started focused on more core Facility Management issues. Ifmec get related to F-mex – an innovative group of facility managers of big companies – with a shared Research Programme. This programme had a year cycle with different moments to share knowledge with practitioners.
The first research year was on real estate and facility Management including the results on the research on PFI (in Dutch PPS: Publieke Private Samenwerking) and DBFMO (Design Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate).
In 2011 the focus was on Energy and Leadership on an International; National, Corporate and Facility Management level. The outcome had an impact on more Sustainability subjects like a research project on designing a sustainable business park landscape.
The 2012 research agenda had an impact on the relationship between unions, and providers of cleaning services. After a long strike of cleaners – which had a huge impact on Dutch society, the formally installed code of conduct group became the platform for unions and providers to solve their problems. Ifmec helped this platform.
In 2013 the Ifmec Academy and the Ifmec Research and Innovation Institute was founded and located on “Landgoed Zonneheuvel in Doorn. The relationships with the Liverpool John Moores University and IPE Management School Paris were strengthened. The research programme gets a formal structure.
The Ifmec research agenda has had a lot of side effects. A 5 year explanation tour in Spain ended in a publication. Several healthcare innovation group visits to Denmark and England. A symposium on Art and Facility Management combined with the TEFAF. Etc. Etc.
Program and contribution symposium third research program:
2019 : Intelligence & Sustainability
2018 : Focus in samenwerking
2017 : Added Value FM
2016 : FM as an Enabler of Change
2015 : HRM and FM Cooperating
Program and contribution symposium second research program:
2014 : Reinventing Real Estate.pdf
2013 : Demand Management.pdf
2012 : Code of Conduct Cleaning & others.pdf
2011 : Energy and Leadership.pdf
2010 : Real Estate and FM.pdf
Program and contribution symposium first research program:
2009 : ICT and FM.pdf
2008 : Management Accounting and FM.pdf
2007 : Marketing, Procurement, Logistics an FM.pdf
2006 : Human resource management and FM.pdf
2005 : Shared Service Centres and FM.pdf
The Ifmec research and innovation agenda is also a source of inspiration for Ifmec’s Young Professionals and Consultants. They fulfilled several tasks in the programme and are organized in long-term groups for Durability and Healthcare Innovation. For example a five-year sickle research on Food in Healthcare Institutions since 2000. Another source of continuing innovation is the research of students in the Post Graduate Facilities Management, MSc and MBA programmes of Ifmec Academy.
These are mostly experienced practitioners who apply their (practical) knowledge to the programme using examples from organisation they have worked for. A long term qualitative research on the development of FM in Dutch society is one of the outcomes.