Microsoft Word - Recent advances in Corporate Real Estate Management - PAPER .doc Recent advances in Corporate Real Estate Management: ‘Entrepreneurial Cooperation’ in restructuring, maintenance and control: an answer to the ‘explosive’ technological growth in building Industry? ing. Ronald van Nattem, Manager Division Maintenance and Control, Real Estate Management Service of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands [email protected] dr.ir. Adri Proveniers, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands [email protected] Abstract The Credit Crunch brings to light a renewed interest in the operational tasks of Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM): a so called ‘Entrepreneurial Cooperation’ (‘Ondernemend Samenwerken) in restructuring, maintenance and control. This so called ‘Entrepreneurial Cooperation’ implies a renewed approach of the internal customer and also a renewed cooperation with the building contractors for restructuring, maintenance and control. It leads to supply chain optimization and also to new roles for the contractors with more responsibility to the end-users. ‘On route’ to a Demand Management Organization, ‘Entrepreneurial Cooperation’ could be characterized as a total re-definition of the mutual cooperation role patterns of staff maintenance and control and it’s building contractors for restructuring, maintenance and control. ‘Entrepreneurial Cooperation’ anticipates on the dire necessity and urgency of budget cuts in CREM staff. It is also a highly needed reaction on the recent wide spread diversification of new building methods, new building products and new building materials and of new related ICT-technologies used in operational management and technical design. For most of the CREM organizations it is hard to keep up with these new technologies, especially no there is a necessity to down size their staff.