Aligning corporate real estate with the corporate strategies of higher education institutions

R Beckers, DJM van der Voordt, G Dewulf

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore how corporate real estate (CRE) managers of higher education institutions formulate their CRE strategies and CRE operating decisions to align CRE with the corporate strategies of these institutions.

Design/methodology/approach
An analytical alignment framework has been developed, which was used to study the possible and actual connections between CRE management and corporate management at 13 large Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences. The data collection included a content analysis of the strategic plans of these universities and interviews with the CRE managers.

Findings
The research findings show several layers of how CRE managers aim to align CRE with corporate goals to add value to the organization. It appears that the CRE strategies in-use are more clearly aligned with the corporate strategies than with the espoused CRE strategies.

Practical implications
The paper emphasizes the relevance of involving CRE management in corporate decision-making to contribute to the attainment of the organizational objectives with an efficient and effective accommodation.

Originality/value
Substantial changes in learning and teaching practices in higher education lead to evolving corporate strategies, which result in the need for aligned CRE strategies and CRE operating decisions. This paper makes practitioners and researchers aware of the differences between alignment-based espoused CRE strategies and alignment that results from CRE strategies in-use in the field of higher education. The findings and insights might be applicable in other sectors as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-793
Number of pages19
JournalFacilities
Volume33
Issue number13/14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Alignment
  • Higher education institutions
  • Strategy
  • Corporate real estate management
  • Espoused strategy
  • Strategy in-use

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    van der Voordt, T. & van Meel, J., 2016, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate Management as Value Drivers: How to measure and manage adding value. Jensen, P. A. & van der Voordt, T. (eds.). London: Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, p. 104-121

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  • FM and CREM Interventions

    Jensen, P. A. & van der Voordt, T., 2016, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate Management as Value Drivers: How to measure and manage adding value. Jensen, P. A. & van der Voordt, T. (eds.). London: Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, p. 14-28

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