Knowledge Community Research
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Knowledge Community Research

What is the Knowledge Community?

Building on the model of Connect. Learn. Grow. Belong., CoreNet Global's Knowledge Communities provide innumerable opportunities for membership enrichment and knowledge creation.

The CoreNet Global Knowledge Communities are currently conducting research projects on several different fronts. All 5 of the Communities have completed at least one piece of original research over this past year, with several of the Knowledge Communities delivering multiple pieces of content. Links and an overview for these research projects can be found here.

The research initiatives currently taking place vary from an examination of the trends of co-working to well-being in the workplace. These efforts range from multi-year efforts on such broad topics as measuring productivity to rapid reactions to topical issues such as the impact of the US-Iran Nuclear Agreement on commercial real estate. This work is being completed by our members in an effort to further the knowledge base of our profession to keep you ahead of trends and provide insight on important issues affecting corporate real estate.

The Knowledge Communities are also increasing efforts to work more closely with universities to tap into their expertise. Through this work, it is our hope to work on more empirical research which can be accomplished through the knowledge and skill of those already engaged with robust research efforts. It also provides opportunities to develop lines of communication with academia and make our presence known to the next generation of corporate real estate professionals.

A detailed list of the current research projects can be found here. There are also a number of opportunities to get involved with the Knowledge Communities and participate on these exciting research projects.  Let us know if you have a great idea for a topic that you believe should be addressed. The Knowledge Communities have produced a series of “Action Memos” that provide a concise, strategic commentary on a relevant corporate real estate issue.

An overview of the research being conducted within each of the Communities:

  • Sustainability Community
  • Workplace Community
  • Strategic Facilities Management Community
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Community
  • Strategy & Portfolio Planning Community
  • General Knowledge Community Research


Current Focus: The research will investigate the trend of Sustainability moving toward overall “wellness” for employees.   For example, Sustainability may now mean clean air, healthy eco-system, living walls and general health-based lifestyle improvements for the Workplace.  This research will look into how we are currently defining Sustainability and how is it evolving from being perceived as purely a building initiative to a societal and employee well-being initiative.

August 2017 - How Microsoft is Maintaining Zero Waste Certification

March 2017 - Green Buildings in EMEA: A Unilever Sustainability Initiative

December 2015 - A sense of urgency at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

November 2015 - How Well Do You Know Wellness?

November 2014 - Next Generation Energy Management

March 2014 - Next Generation Energy Management: A Roadmap to the Next Level of Performance Phase One Report

March 2014 - Sustaining Tomorrow's Workplace

Evolution of Workplace

Current Focus: Collect literature and industry knowledge in order to continue to build a database of information related to Workplace and review and analyze data to determine:  What are the implications of a fully-integrated Workplace program within an organization’s CRE strategy?

February 2019 - Workplace in Motion

February 2019 - Creating a Catalyst Workplace: The Drivers of Employee Experience

December 2018 - How Real Estate and Work Culture Can Help Organizations Thrive

November 2018 - The Gen Z Workplace

March 2017 - Community Spirited Infrastructure

February 2017 - Tweak the Environment: Behavioural Design as a Catalyst for Change

January 2017 - Privacy and Workspace Design

April 2016 - Beacon Technology: Connecting The Virtual and Physical Worlds

October 2015 - Effectively Measuring Knowledge Worker Productivity

September 2015 - Measuring Knowledge Worker Productivity

October 2014 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: CoreNet Global Workplace Community Action Memo, Volume 1, Issue 4

September 2014 - Standard offices are killing people: CoreNet Global Workplace Community Action Memo, Volume 1, Issue 3

March 2014 - Chasing the Future and Sustaining Tomorrow's Workplace: the latest Research from the CoreNet Workplace Community

Redevelopment of Brownfields

Current Focus: A topic that impacts many manufacturing & industrial portfolios is that properties are environmentally impacted due to a soil or groundwater contamination situation.

March 2017 - Manufacturing Location Strategy: Workforce Drives Decision When Selecting U.S. Sites (Knowledge Communities)

July 2015 - A New Era for Manufacturing?: Changing assumptions about how organisations view manufacturing and supply chains

June 2014 - Global Supply Chain's Impact on Effective Site Selection

Business Improvement Indicators

Current Focus: Examine how a “better” workplace correlates with improved business performance.  Take an analytical review of quantitative data to articulate how real estate can positively impact employee engagement and the bottom-line.  This is an ambitious, phased project that aims to help CRE align with business performance.

October 2017 - The Evolution of Co-Working and Impact on Corporate Real Estate

October 2017 - JLL - Lease Accounting Changes Will Trigger C-Suite Pressures: Are you ready to respond?

January 2016 - Too Much Information: The Sharing Economy's Influence on Corporate Real Estate

September 2015 - Literature Review: Performance Management and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

September 2015 - Executive Summary - Literature Review: Performance Management and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

April 2015 - Understanding Key Performance Indicators – A Look at the Literature

February 2015 - Strategy & Portfolio Planning Community Newsletter

March 2014 - Understanding Business Performance Indicators

March 2014 - Understanding Business Performance Indicators: Complete Survey Data

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