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In early 2014 Professor Davis commenced his new role at the University of Newcastle, as Professor and Chair of Construction Management, a position that is jointly funded by the University and two of Australia’s leading construction companies – Lend Lease and John Holland. Prof Davis currently has equal experience in terms of time in industry and academic research/ teaching. This is a relatively unique position. Davis’ industry experience provides a leadership focus on construction management, estimating and administering significant economic/ social infrastructure projects. In 1996 he completed a Master’s Degree in Project Management.

This industry experience and Masters degree training lead to Prof Davis’ research focus. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Economics and Finance graduating from RMIT, after studying the impact of Relationship Based Procurement and Alliance Development on the construction sector.

Davis’s unique Commercial and Research experience is complimented by professional relationships encompassing a significant network from diverse sectors world wide; including Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Oil and Gas; Legal practitioners; and Social Scientists.

Prof Davis has published over 100 scholarly research papers in an array of international journals and conference proceedings and has coauthored several book chapters in important construction industry reference books.

Prof Davis has been successful in applying for several collaborative research grants and managed extensive research programs. He continues to pursue competitive grant support and collaboration from key industry players in the public and private sector to generate outstanding research innovation. Presently he is involved with interrelated research projects that advance safety, productivity and excellence in construction management.

Prof Davis is also the recipient of two Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Awards.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 13/12/2006
  • Master of Project Management, Curtin University of Technology, 19/02/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • construction management
  • procurement
  • project management
  • psychological contracts
  • relationship maintenance
  • relationship management

Research expertise

Prof Davis has published over 100 scholarly research papers in an array of international journals and conference proceedings. He has co authored several book chapters in important construction industry reference books.

Prof Davis has been successful in applying for several collaborative research grants and managed extensive research programs. He continues to pursue competitive grant support and collaboration from key industry players in the public and private construction sector to generate outstanding research innovation. Presently he is involved with interrelated research projects that advance safety, productivity and excellence in construction management.

Davis’s unique Commercial and Research experience is complimented by professional relationships encompassing a significant network from diverse sectors world wide; including Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Oil and Gas; Legal practitioners; and Social Scientists.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120201Building Construction Management And Project Planning100

Collaboration

Professor Davis remains closely involved with collaborative industry led research within the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle focussing on advanced safety, productivity and excellence research in construction management. For example Prof Davis is currently leading a small team to review and develop a model of psychological contracts and safety in construction. We contend that using measures of psychological contract, or the personal deal we will identify and catalogue explicit benefits as they arise from existing constructions safety activities, thereby creating tangible benefit over time to construction safety within projects and the wider construction industry. This project is supported by one of the joint funders of the Chair of Construction Management position that Prof Davis occupies. In another research project Prof Davis is working with the Australian Institute of Building to create taxonomy of construction organisation capabilities under an umbrella of terms including innovation, value for money and productivity. These will be catalogued using documents collected over the past 5 years providing a base line from which to generate new organisational and sector learning and advancement.

Prof Davis sees his role as one of external engagement at a University and Community level. New research projects will engage other University Faculties, for example Engineering, Business and Law. The outward looking focus of Prof Davis will, through 2015 and beyond build strong relationships between the construction management discipline and key industry players in New South Wales and International partners with intent to deliver practical research founded benefit to the industry.

The Chair of Construction Management is jointly funded by two of Australia's leading construction companies - Lend Lease and John Holland – together with the University.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

In the recent past Prof Davis has lead a Construction Management department over a period of several years. More recently he has been Head of School, leading Architecture, Construction and Planning, at the same time carrying out the role of Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Humanities. Committee membership has been extensive and supported Learning and Teaching, Courses and Academic Board executive to name a few.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • construction management
  • procurement
  • project management
  • strategic management

Teaching expertise

Prof Davis has taught in a broad array of construction and project management courses within several programs. Having background experience in the construction industry over an extensive period of time supplements his teaching with real world examples. More recent research success augments the models of student learning that are utilised. Davis has been responsible for curriculum design and commissioned to undertake external examination on a number of occasions at various institutions.

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Publications

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Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Davis PR, Develop a Tender Submission: Centerlink Facilitator's Guide, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
2003Davis PR, Develop a Tender Submission: Centerlink Learner's Manual, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
2003Davis PR, McGann S, Prepare a Quotation: Learner's Manual, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
2003Davis PR, McGann S, Prepare a Quotation: Facilitator's Guide, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
1996Davis PR, Marketing project management services : a review and assessment of some possible approaches used by project management organisations in Perth, Western Australia: Report Presented as Part of the Requirements of the Award for the Degree of Master of Project Management., Curtin University of Technology School of Architecture Construction and Planning, Perth (1996)
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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Davis PR, Walker DHT, 'Case Study - Trust, Commitment and Mutual Goals in Alliances', Procurement Systems - A Cross Industry Project Management Perspective, Taylor & Francis, London Chapter-12 (2008) [B2]

Journal article (38 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Liu J, Love PED, Davis PR, Smith J, Regan M, 'Conceptual framework for the performance measurement of public-private partnerships', Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 21 (2015) [C1]
2015Wu M, Tang WC, Chen GW, Chen S, Qing ZD, Zhou Y, et al., 'Modelling Construction Dust Safety Distance', Advanced Materials Research, 1065-1069 1065-1069 (2015) [C1]
2015Wu M, Tang WC, Zhou Y, Chen S, Chen GW, Qing ZD, et al., 'Modeling the Impact of Three Gorges Dam on the Cooling Energy Consumption of the Reservoir Cities', Advanced Materials Research, 1065-1069 3254-3259 (2015)
2014Love PED, O'Donoghue D, Smith J, Davis PR, 'Contractor Involvement during Pre-construction of Social Infrastructure Projects', Journal of Public Sector Management, 32 (2014)
2014Sing CP, Love PED, Davis PR, 'Experimental study on condition assessment of reinforced concrete structure using a dynamics response approach', Structural Survey, 32 89-101 (2014)
2012Wang X, Love PED, Curtin J, Klinc R, Kim J, Davis PR, 'Integration of E-Learning 2.0 with Web 2.0', Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 17 387-396 (2012) [D1]
2012Wang X, Ed Love P, Davis PR, 'BIM + AR: A framework of bringing BIM to construction site', Construction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World, Proceedings of the 2012 Construction Research Congress, 1175-1181 (2012)
2011Love PED, Davis PR, Cheung SO, Irani Z, 'Causal Discovery and Inference of Project Disputes', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT, 58 400-411 (2011) [C1]
2011Love PED, Davis PR, Chevis R, Edwards DJ, 'Risk/Reward Compensation Model for Civil Engineering Infrastructure Alliance Projects', JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE, 137 127-136 (2011) [C1]
2011Davis P, Love P, 'Alliance contracting: Adding value through relationship development', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 18 444-461 (2011) [C1]
2010Love P, Edwards D, Watson H, Davis P, 'Rework in Civil Infrastructure Projects: Determination of Cost Predictors', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136 275-282 (2010) [C1]
2010Love PED, Mistry D, Davis PR, 'Price Competitive Alliance Projects: Identification of Success Factors for Public Clients', JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE, 136 947-956 (2010) [C1]
2010Love PED, Davis PR, Worrall D, 'Occupational Licensing of Building Trades: Case of Western Australia', JOURNAL OF PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND PRACTICE, 136 215-223 (2010) [C1]
2010Love P, Davis P, Ellis J, Cheung SO, 'Dispute causation: Identification of pathogenic influences in construction', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 17 404-423 (2010) [C1]
2010Love PED, Davis PR, Baccarini D, 'Dismantling the public sector bastion: Evaluating capital works', International Journal of Public Sector Management, 23 188-202 (2010) [C1]
2009Davis PR, Love PED, Baccarini D, 'Bills of quantities: Nemesis or nirvana?', Structural Survey, 27 99-108 (2009) [C1]
2009Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, 'A Systemic view of disputes causation', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 3 659-681 (2009) [C1]
2009Davis P, Walker D, 'Building capability in construction projects: A relationship-based approach', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 16 475-489 (2009) [C1]
2009Love PED, Chevis R, Davis PR, 'Risk/ Reward Models: Solutions for Supply Chain Partners.', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, in-press (2009)
2009Love PED, Bullen PA, Davis PR, 'Clients Driving Innovation: Achievement of World Leadership in Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction', ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, In-press (2009)
2009Mistry D, Davis PR, 'A client's perspective of critical success factors in project alliances', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2009 - Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference, 217-226 (2009)
2009Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, Evans P, 'Prometheus unbound: Unraveling the underlying nature of disputes', COBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 1519-1539 (2009)
2008Davis PR, 'A relationship approach to construction supply chains', INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT & DATA SYSTEMS, 108 310-327 (2008) [C1]
2008Love PED, Davis PR, Edwards DJ, Baccarini D, 'Uncertainty avoidance: Public sector clients and procurement selection', International Journal of Public Sector Management, 21 753-776 (2008) [C1]
2008Love PED, Davis PR, Lopez R, Jasper T, 'It's not just about bricks and mortar: Procedural failures in construction', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008 - Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference, 2 779-788 (2008)
2008Love PED, Davis P, London K, Jasper T, 'Causal modelling of construction disputes', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008 - Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference, 2 869-878 (2008)
2008Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, 'The Causal Path of Project Disputes', ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, in press 1-36 (2008)
2007Davis PR, 'Maintaining Relationship Based Procurement', The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 7 37-44 (2007)
2005Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Sustainable Adaptive Reuse of the Existing Building Stock in Western Australia', Construction Management And Economics, in press 1-11 (2005)
2003Davis PR, Walker DHT, 'Relationship Marketing: Providing opportunities and benefits for the Construction Industry', The International Journal of Construction Management, 3 69-78 (2003)
2003Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: vital for the construction industry', Construct: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, 001 38-40 (2003)
2002Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: Its potential to enhance public-private sector initiatives', Australian Project Manager, 22 17-18 (2002)
2002Baccarini D, Davis P, 'The BQ Debate Continues', Building Economist, 10-17 (2002)
1999Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: A Focus study of the Perth Construction Industry', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, 19-21 (1999)
1999Davis PR, 'Incrementally integrating a problem based learning approach into an undergraduate Construction Management Course.', Insight, In-Press (1999)
1998Davis PR, Yeomans PR, 'Enhancing performance of the Construction Organisation through Value Management', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, (1998)
1998Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing and the Procurement of Subcontractors', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, 16-17 (1998)
1997Davis PR, 'Contractors' Approaches to IT and Communication', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, (1997)
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Conference (49 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Ke Y, Gajendran T, Davis PR, 'Relational contracting in the construction industry: Mapping practice to theory', AEI 2015: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the AEI Conference 2015 (2015)
2012Wang Y, Wang X, Davis PR, 'Augmented reality-based wayfinding: improving humans navigational efficiency in complex buildings', Proceedings of 2012 Australasian Conference on Innovative Technologies in Construction, Wuhan, China. (2012) [E1]
2011Love PED, Lopez R, Goh YM, Davis PR, 'Systemic modelling of design error causation in social infrastructure projects', Procedia Engineering, Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA (2011) [E1]
2011Mills A, McLaughlin P, Davis P, 'Achieving diversity: pathways may be the solution!' (2011)
2011Mills A, McLaughlin P, Davis P, 'Pathways to formally assessed work placement: employers perspectives on collaborative education in the Australian construction industry' (2011)
2010Lopez R, Love PED, Edwards DJ, Davis PR, 'Design error classification, causation, and prevention in construction engineering', Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Shandong University in Jinan, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, and Hohai University in Nanjing (2010) [E1]
2010Davis PR, 'Competitive verses traditional alliance procurement', COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Paris (2010) [E1]
2010Love PED, Davis PR, 'Rework in the Design, Construction and Operation of Floating Production Storage Offloading Hydrocarbon Projects' (2010)
2010Love P, Davis P, 'Rework in the design, construction and operation of floating production storage and offloading hydrocarbon projects' (2010)
2009Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, 'Project Dispute Pathogens: Divergence or Congruence' (2009) [E3]
2008Love PED, Davis P, London KA, Jasper T, 'Causal modelling of construction projects', Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 2008, Cardiff, UK (2008) [E1]
2008Davis PR, Chevis R, 'The Impact of Payment Models on Project Behaviours in Project Alliances' (2008) [E3]
2008Love P, Davis P, Baccarini D, Wilson G, Lopez R, 'Procurement Selection in the Public Sector: A Tale of Two States' (2008) [E3]
2007Love P, Davis P, Lopez R, Edwards D, 'Prometheus and Bob: Understanding, Measurement and Implications of Emotional Intelligence' (2007)
2007Davis PR, 'Relationship Maintenance in Construction Alliance Projects' (2007)
2007Love P, Davis P, Bullen P, Lopez R, 'The sword of Domceles: error containment and reduction in projects' (2007)
2007Love P, Davis P, Baccarini D, Wilson G, Lopez R, 'Opening Pandora's box: revisiting procurement selection in the public sector' (2007)
2007Love P, Davis P, Edwards D, 'Demetrius and Bob: understanding measurement and implications of emotional intelligence' (2007)
2007Davis PR, 'Relationship Development in the Supply Chain' (2007)
2007Davis PR, 'The Role of Focus Groups in Examining Relationship Issues in Projects' (2007)
2005Mills A, Robinson J, Davis PR, 'The Role of Professional Associations in the Education of Property and Construction Professionals in Australia' (2005)
2004Davis PR, Bullen PA, 'Putting it Together: Supportive Strategies for Learning and Assessment Using Peer Mentoring' (2004)
2004Davis PR, Knox I, 'The Reasons Why Organisations Outsource Information Technology Systems' (2004)
2004Davis PR, Stevenson D, 'Guaranteed Maximum Price contracts in WA' (2004)
2004Davis PR, 'Successful learning through integrated teaching' (2004)
2004Davis PR, 'Relationship Development in Construction Partner Selection' (2004)
2004Davis PR, 'External Influences on students personal time management: A cross disciplinary study.' (2004)
2004Davis PR, 'Marketing University Courses' (2004)
2004Davis PR, Baccarini D, 'The use of Bills of Quantities in Construction Projects: An Australian Survey' (2004)
2004Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing Techniques in Construction Projects: A case study approach' (2004)
2004Davis PR, Walker DHT, 'Relationship Based Procurement' (2004)
2003Davis PR, 'Just in time:Personal time management advice to students' (2003)
2003Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Exporations in sustainable construction and procurement in Western Australia' (2003)
2003Bullen P, Davis PR, 'Breaking Down Cross Disciplinary Barriers: Integrated Teaching Exercises' (2003)
2003Davis PR, 'The Application of Relationship Marketing in the Construction Industry: Work in progress report' (2003)
2003Love P, Smith J, Baccarini D, Davis P, 'Building a sybiotic relationship between academia and industry: expectations and observations of construction management' (2003)
2003Bullen P, Davis PR, 'Active learning exercises as a strategy in collaborative cross-disciplinary teaching' (2003)
2003Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Putting it together: Supportive strategies for learning and assessment using peer mentoring' (2003)
2002Davis PR, 'Literature review from reviewing literature' (2002)
2002Davis PR, 'Marketing University Courses: Is it all in the name?' (2002)
2001Davis PR, 'New Thinking - The Operating Environment of Relationship Marketing in Construction' (2001)
2001Davis PR, 'Innovation in teaching and learning: a Construction Management Experience' (2001)
2000Davis PR, 'Using integrated Web publishing environments to develop teaching and learning materials' (2000)
1999Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing in the Construction Industry' (1999)
1999Davis PR, 'Integrating a problem based learning approach into undergraduate teaching' (1999)
1998Davis PR, 'The Role of Marketing in the Project Management Organisations of Western Australia' (1998)
1998Yeomans PR, Davis PR, 'Value Management VM and the Construction Firm' (1998)
1998Baccarini DJ, Davis PR, 'Integrating problems in discrete parcels and hoping no one will notice: A case study in integrating problem based learning' (1998)
1997Davis PR, 'The Understanding And Application Of Marketing: A Comparison Between Quantity Surveying Practices And Project Management Organisation. The Future Role' (1997)
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Other (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Working Collaboratively: Peer Mentoring As a Supportive Strategy for Learning and Assessment', : Learning support network; Curtin University of Technology (2003)
2001Davis PR, 'Teaching learning materials developed within a web publishing environment', : Curtin University of Technology (2001)
1995Davis PR, 'The enhancement of student understanding of subject issues with the use of audio tape recorded interviews', ( pp.57-61). Educational unit, Edith Cowan University: Educational unit, Edith Cowan University (1995)

Report (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Davis P, Love P, 'Alternative dispute resolution in construction projects 2007 ¿ 2009 AU$85,000' (2009)
2007Davis P, Love P, 'Procurement selection toolkit 2005 ¿ 2007. AU$150,000' (2007)
2007Davis PR, Baccarini D, Love PED, 'Assessment of Value Alignment Process for Project Delivery Software (Decision Support Tool)' (2007)
2006Love PED, Davis PR, Baccarini D, 'Building Procurement Selection Review' (2006)
2006Davis PR, Love PED, Baccarini D, 'Building Procurement Methods' (2006)
1999Davis PR, 'Curtin University Research Grant Scheme 1999. Final Report' (1999)
1998Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: Focus group discussion held at Curtin University of Technology.' (1998)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Davis PR, The Application of Relationship Marketing to Construction, (2005)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$127,264

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2015 (2 grants)

The psychological contract to measure safety outcomes on construction sites$104,389
Funding Body: John Holland - Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium

Project Team
Professor Peter Davis, Professor Peter ED Love
SchemeRole
Research Scholarship StudentChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$104,38920152017
GNo:G1500320

The Global Canopy: linking international inbound students with domestic outbound students for improved learning and global connections$7,875
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Project Team
Professor Peter Davis, Dr Patricia McLaughlin, Professor Roger Hadgraft, Professor Anthony Mills, Professor Philip Poronnik, Dr Swapan Saha
SchemeRole
Strategic Priority Commissioned Project 2014Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,87520152016
GNo:G1500406

2014 (1 grants)

Investigating the psychological contract in construction procurement in order to develop a conceptual model. $15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Professor Peter Davis, Doctor Marcus Jefferies, Doctor Yongjian Ke
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400971
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142017PhD (Building)Principal SupervisorOn-Site Construction Efficiency in Australia: A Question of Success?
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Professor Peter Davis

Work Phone4985 4315
Cell / Mobile Phone0418 925 343
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PositionProfessor of Construction Management
School of Architecture and Built Environment
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
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BSC Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-davis
Linkprdavis.net