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Saïd Business School launches Future of Real Estate Initiative

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford has launched the Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative to research and predict the changes faced by the industry over the next decade. Led by Professor Andrew Baum – real estate industry veteran and author of 2017’s groundbreaking PropTech 3.0 report – the initiative will bring academics together with industry experts from leading businesses across the global real estate community. It will enable Oxford Saïd to employ a variety of research methods to understand the technology and innovation drivers of change in the real estate industry, and the research findings will be available to the public.

‘From Blockchain to Smart Cities, the real estate world is going through a period of extraordinary change,’ explained Professor Baum. ‘Thousands of extremely clever people backed by billions of dollars of investment are working hard to change the way it is traded, used and operated. 93% of tech start-ups fail to last more than three years, but those who prosper will have a radical impact, and it is of vital importance for companies to understand exactly what changes they will bring. This initiative will enable both the academic and commercial Real Estate communities to work together in preparation for a period for unparalleled challenge and opportunity.’

The first confirmed research topics include:

  • Blockchain and property trading
  • Big data and the investment/occupation decision
  • Leasing or operating? Future management models for real estate
  • Technology and the smart city of the future

Six companies have chosen to support the Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative to date, including Berwin Leighton Paisner, CBRE, EY, Redevco, TH Real Estate and UBS, and the initiative intends to sign up four more by the end of 2018.

‘We are extremely proud to have these companies join us,’ said Professor Baum. ‘They are funding world class research into the future of the industry. The research we conduct will be publicly available, so the whole global real estate community will benefit from the work we do here in Oxford. This initiative will run for four years and there will be regular publications during this period.’

Andrew Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer at Redevco commented: ‘As a retail focused investment manager we recognise the enormous structural changes taking place in our sector. We believe these will be both positive as well as disruptive, will come at an astonishing speed and will significantly impact our business. We are delighted to join the Future of Real Estate initiative working with like-minded partners to learn about and anticipate the impact of such technologies and innovations at an early stage.’

As well as commissioning research, the initiative partners will meet twice yearly to discuss continuing research development.

The Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative is part of a broad range of activities designed to embed real estate within Saïd Business School. This encompasses a popular Real Estate elective on the Oxford MBA; an open enrolment executive education programme in Real Estate; a global network of Oxford real estate alumni that is being created through the establishment of the Oxford Real Estate Society, and the delivery of the annual Oxford Real Estate Conference.

To speak with Professor Andrew Baum, please contact the press office:
Tom Pilsworth, PR Coordinator, Saïd Business School
M: +44 07753277689 T: +44 01865 288879 Email: thomas.pilsworth@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Josie Powell, PR Manager, Saïd Business School
T: +44 01865 288403 M: +44 07711 387215 Email: josie.powell@sbs.ox.ac.uk or pressoffice@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Emily Reed, Press Officer, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
T: +44 01865 614489 M: +44 07801 404665 Email: Emily.Reed@sbs.ox.ac.uk

About Andrew Baum, Visiting Professor of Management Practice
Professor Andrew Baum is chairman of Property Funds Research, a real estate consulting and research business, chairman of Newcore Capital Management, a fund manager, and advisor to several other real estate organisations including CBRE Global Investors, Redevco and Ashby Capital.

Hired as the first director of property research for Prudential in 1987, he founded RES (a property research company) in 1990 and (with his partners) sold the business to Henderson Global Investors in 1997. At that time he became CIO for property at Henderson and later Director of International Property.

In 2001 he founded OPC, a property research and investment company which was sold to CBRE in 2006. OPC created Europe’s first dataset describing unlisted property funds, launched one of first real estate fund of funds vehicles in Europe, and became one of the world’s leading specialists in indirect property investment. The successor business, CBRE Global Investment Partners, now has around $25bn of property assets under management.

Andrew held the Chair in Land Management at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, from 1989 to 2013 and was founder in 2002 of the Reading Real Estate Foundation, an educational charity established to support real estate education at the University of Reading. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at Reading in 2013. He was Honorary Professor of Real Estate Investment at the University of Cambridge from 2009 to 2014, and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge from 2011 to 2014. He is a visiting professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, USA, and was appointed Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the University of Oxford in 2013.

He holds BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Reading in the UK. A qualified member of the RICS and the CFA Institute (UK ASIP), he is the author or co-author of several textbooks with combined sales of over 60,000.

Andrew recently released PropTech 3.0, a ground-breaking report detailing the dramatic changes facing the real estate industry. Find out more and download the report: https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/school/news/property-tech-30-%E2%80%93-ground-breaking-report-looks-future-real-estate

Awards and prizes

  • Elected Academic Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, 2001, the first such election outside the US.
  • Elected Fellow of the Society of Property Researchers, 2002 'in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of property research'.
  • Appointed Powell Family Foundation Visiting Scholar in Real Estate Finance, University of Sydney, 2016.
  • University of Sydney Business School’s Dean’s Citation for Teaching, 2017.

About Saïd Business School
Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

In the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking (Jan 2018) Oxford Saïd is ranked 3rd in the UK, 8th in Europe and 27th globally. It is ranked 1st in the UK and 4th worldwide in the FT’s ranking of open enrolment programmes (May 2017) and 3rd globally for aims achieved in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2018). The MBA is ranked 4th in Businessweek’s full time MBA ranking outside the USA (Dec 2017) and is ranked 5th among the top non-US Business Schools by Forbes magazine (Sep 2015). The Executive MBA is ranked 2nd worldwide in the Economist’s Executive MBA ranking (Sep 2015) and 9th worldwide in the FT’s ranking of EMBAs (Oct 2017). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 11th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (Jun 2017). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2017) and 1st in The Times (Sept 2017). For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/