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The conundrum of professionalising building surveying in Malaysia

The conundrum of professionalising building surveying in Malaysia The purpose of this study is to track the series of setbacks by a few like-minded persons since the early 1990s to entrench building surveying as a profession in Malaysia.Design/methodology/approachData were sourced from elite interviews with authoritative individuals who have been championing building surveying as a profession and supplemented by secondary sources.FindingsEstablished professional bodies became hostile to what they perceived as attempts to encroach on their professional jurisdictions. There was even a move to subjugate building surveyors to the auxiliary role. The ultimate aim to obtain statutory “ring fence” around the proposed building surveying profession did not find favour with lawmakers.Research limitations/implicationsThe limitation of small sample size was compensated by referral to past publications.Practical implicationsLatecomers face an uphill challenge in negotiating for legitimacy from established professions and lawmakers alike in a situation when no new work demand avails. Building surveyors in Malaysia have to either wait for external changes which would allow their traditional role to be formally recognised or take up new specialisations.Originality/valueAdditional empirical findings were uncovered to complement past studies. The main contribution lies in demonstrating the explanatory powers of the sociological lens for future studies on professions in the construction industry. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-4708
DOI
10.1108/ijbpa-10-2019-0086
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to track the series of setbacks by a few like-minded persons since the early 1990s to entrench building surveying as a profession in Malaysia.Design/methodology/approachData were sourced from elite interviews with authoritative individuals who have been championing building surveying as a profession and supplemented by secondary sources.FindingsEstablished professional bodies became hostile to what they perceived as attempts to encroach on their professional jurisdictions. There was even a move to subjugate building surveyors to the auxiliary role. The ultimate aim to obtain statutory “ring fence” around the proposed building surveying profession did not find favour with lawmakers.Research limitations/implicationsThe limitation of small sample size was compensated by referral to past publications.Practical implicationsLatecomers face an uphill challenge in negotiating for legitimacy from established professions and lawmakers alike in a situation when no new work demand avails. Building surveyors in Malaysia have to either wait for external changes which would allow their traditional role to be formally recognised or take up new specialisations.Originality/valueAdditional empirical findings were uncovered to complement past studies. The main contribution lies in demonstrating the explanatory powers of the sociological lens for future studies on professions in the construction industry.

Journal

International Journal of Building Pathology and AdaptationEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 12, 2020

Keywords: Elite interviews; Inter-professional competition; Theory-based explanations

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