Must-Read Books on Construction Management

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Think books for are outdated? There’s no technology in the world that can beat a printed book for instant-on flipping and dipping for nuggets of information to help you at work. If you’d rather not lug hardbacks or paperbacks around, many are also available in digital versions for your tablet or your smartphone. We’ve chosen books for this list that:

  • Help you do a better job in
  • Round out your rapidly and without too much effort
  • Are easy to read in little bits or in bigger chunks, depending on your agenda
  • Don’t cost an arm and a leg (an affordable price tag in each case.)

You’ll find two broad categories: those that focus specifically on ; and those that present general know-how and skills that are of value in construction management too.

  • : This book reviews the complete process with information on estimating construction project costs, obtaining work, scheduling, safety, quality, risks and new topics like Building Information Modeling (BIM).
  •  Read this one for an ‘insider’ view of the construction industry. It uncovers tips and tricks, as well as principles, using practical examples to explain how to handle different problems and issues.
  • : Here’s the perspective of someone who has decades-long experience in running a construction company, with practical information and instruction on small business management for contractors.
  • .: Wondering about that wood frame, thermal insulation, moisture control, masonry or concrete? Dip into this work for comprehensive information on what you’re building as well as how to manage it all.
  • : Get an excellent grounding in managing contractual relationships in your construction work with customers, partners, subcontractors, and suppliers.
  • : Construction management is all about choices: which customer to serve when, which employees and subcontractors to assign to which project, and so on. Read this to find out how to make the right ones!
  • : Is multi-tasking the answer to today’s pressure to do more in construction management? Find out about other options to improve productivity without exhausting yourself in the process.
  • : Even if some conflicts at your company office or on a construction site are inevitable if they are handled correctly everybody can come out on them feeling satisfied with the result.
  • : If you want to do construction management, you need to attract customers with construction projects you can manage. In the true ‘For Dummies’ style of short, pithy sections, livened up with humor.
  • : A prime part of construction management is getting on with people and helping to move customers and teams towards desired results. Combine this with the Small Business Marketing Kit For Dummies (see above) to get as much construction work as you can manage.