Disruption at FCON 2023

Dan Wilson   |   May 25, 2023
disruption at FCON 2023

Felix wasn’t just hosting drinks at FCON 2023. Here’s an overview of the key takeaways on disruption that surfaced through the panels and workshops.

The overarching theme which emerged was that disruption is now a matter of sustainability. In the past, the motivation to disrupt was to improve productivity; now, the motivation is to stay afloat. Here’s how the construction industry must change.

Strategic partnered programmes

Industry collaboration in strategic partnered programmes will prevent projects from halting, deliver greater value, and catalyse innovation.

Strategic programmes will improve planning and communication between parties, preventing conflicts, spend insecurity and scheduling delays that stop projects from getting off the ground.

Collaborating and sharing information on activities like tendering, training and procurement will allow resources to be reallocated towards investments in people, systems, and innovation.

Strategic partners can multiply the speed at which they learn by sharing information and then rapidly receive returns by implementing learnings iteratively. Continuity is needed for R&D investments to bear fruit, and these collaborative programmes will provide the data and time required to learn - preventing ‘Eternal Beginner Syndrome’.

Attracting and retaining talent

The talent shortage is being felt industry-wide, not just by individual organisations. The construction industry needs to adapt to the changes in the global talent pool. Instead of competing for a shrinking pool of candidates, construction must focus on attracting and retaining new talent.

Industry bodies should work together to shift the public’s perception and make a career in construction appeal to a broader audience. The construction industry needs to create ways to measure diversity and inclusion, implement strategies to improve these metrics, and better communicate them to the public.

Constructors can improve their talent retention by actively investing in their own culture and people. An inclusive workplace and strong culture will give a diverse workforce more reason to stay. Alongside developing soft skills training, organisations shouldn’t lose sight of the new technical skills needed as the industry becomes more digital.

The road ahead

The industry needs to have ambitious goals but take small, quick steps to make sure that changes are permanent. Taking an iterative approach to change management will help break up large transformations into smaller initiatives to mitigate their complexity.

Creating collaboration and inclusivity initiatives through the whole value chain, defining measures to track their success, and then communicating these metrics will promote accountability, create lasting changes and deliver the sustainability that the industry needs.

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Dan Wilson
Dan is Felix's Chief Revenue Officer, and has been an expert in the procurement technology field since 2012. During this significant time of change and technical innovation, Dan has been at the forefront of Felix's efforts to listen to the real-world problems facing procurement organisations and then create smart technology solutions to equip enterprises of all sizes and from all industries, with all the tools they need for smarter, more efficient, less risky and more connected procurement.
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