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Title: A Delphi study on building services engineers' core competence and statutory role in Hong Kong
Authors: Yik, FWH
Lai, JHK 
Lee, WL 
Chan, KT 
Chau, CK
Keywords: Hong Kong
Facilities management
Building services
Core competences
Building services engineering
Statutory role
Delphi method
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Journal of facilities management, 2012, v. 10, no. 1, p. 26-44 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of facilities management 
Abstract: Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to narrow the diverse views of the industry stakeholders on two controversial issues, namely the scope of core competence of building services engineers (BSEs) and the statutory role that they should play, which were encountered in an extensive research study on the building services profession of Hong Kong.
Design/methodology/approach– An expert panel was formed and the Delphi method was applied to resolve the controversies. In the Delphi process, every panel member was provided with complete opinions expressed by all other panel members in each round of the deliberation.
Findings– Sufficient support was found for the proposition that professional BSEs should be competent in handling air‐conditioning, electrical, fire services, and plumbing & drainage works, and that the government authorities should mandate the design and compliance certification of electrical and fire services installations by BSEs.
Research limitations/implications– Although the Delphi method has not been hitherto applied to resolve the controversies addressed in the study, it was proven to be a very effective tool in seeking majority opinions from a group of experts. The same approach may be taken in similar studies in future.
Practical implications– The core competence identified should be made as a minimum requirement for practitioners who wish to practise as professional BSEs. The views and comments given by the expert panel members are informative references to public policy makers.
Originality/value– This was the first ever study conducted in an attempt to identify the core competence and statutory role of BSEs in Hong Kong.
ISSN: 1472-5967
EISSN: 1741-0983
DOI: 10.1108/14725961211200388
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