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Dr Thayaparan Gajendran

Associate Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment (Construction Management (Building))

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Thayaparan Gajendran's research focuses on the sociological aspects associated to built environment in the context of construction, project and disaster management. Specific areas of attention include cultural analysis in permanent and temporary organisations to explore and explain information communication technology adoption, innovation behaviour, project governance and resilience building.

Gajendran has authored and edited over 60 scholarly pieces of work including refereed journal papers, refereed conference papers, conference proceedings and industry practice books accompanied by companion diagnostic self-assessment tools. He has published in Engineering Construction and Architectural Management Journal, Construction Innovation and Engineering Project Organization Journal and presented his work in various forms including conferences and invited presentations. Dr. Gajendran has also chaired conference sessions. A number of papers Dr. Gajendran co-authored have received awards.

Dr. Gajendran has been a chief (co) investigator on a number of competitive grants. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle, Dr. Gajendran was a member of the team working on a one million Singapore dollars research and development project funded by the Building Construction Authority (BCA) and Productivity Standards Board (PSB) of Singapore, for exploring a prototype system for benchmarking site construction productivity.

Dr Gajendran received two Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Citation awards and one Australian Learning and Teaching and Council (ALTC) citation award. Gajendran has experience in mixed mode delivery and blended delivery approaches. He has held administrative positions including Program Convenor for Construction Management, Chair of the Engineering and Built Environment Ethics committee, Acting Head of the Discipline, etc. He is currently the Program Convenor for the Disaster Management program.

Dr Gajendran has worked in the industry as a Project Quantity Surveyor and Manager Projects.

Research Expertise
Dr Thayaparan Gajendran’s research focuses on the sociological aspects associated to built environment in the context of construction, project and disaster management. Specific areas of attention include cultural analysis in permanent and temporary organisations to explore and explain information communication technology adoption, innovation behaviour, project governance and disaster resilience. Gajendran has published over 60 scholarly pieces of work. Dr. Gajendran was involved in a number of fieldwork studies including case studies using ethnographic techniques. Primarily his research is focused on culture in the construction industry and adoption of technologies leading to innovation. Dr. Gajendran is attached to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER). This centre, in the last decade, has developed a substantial membership of experts in multidisciplinary fields including computing, architecture and construction. Dr Gajendran was a member of the Asiaconstruct forum representing Australia in 2003 and 2004. Asiaconstruct is a forum that meets annually to discuss the state of the construction industries in fourteen Asian and Australian countries. He produced the country report for Australia that is published and presented in this forum, discussing the Australian construction industry trends, impacts of macro economic/policy environment and innovation adoption. He was a co-organiser of the 9th Asia Construct conference in 2003 in Sydney. He presented the country report for Australia in 2004. He was also member of three conferences organising committees (Asiaconstruct 2003, AUBEA 2004 and CIB W92 2007). Dr. Gajendran actively engages in the research support role through supervising postgraduate/honours students and via assisting ethics and methodological peer review committees. Dr Gajendran has also been part of PhD upgrade and confirmation panels. He also regularly reviews papers for conferences (including A ranked CIB conferences, AUBEA, ANZAScA, CAAD 2007, IRMA and journals, including the Construction Management and Economics, Journal of Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, and Journal of Construction in Developing Countries. Dr. Gajendran was a member of the team providing procurement evaluation advice on a regional airport construction in 2009 focused on improving collaborative engagement. The Honours thesis work of Andrew Rundle supervised by Gajendran, contributed to reporting on the issues faced in implementing e-procurement systems in Tasmanian local councils. Dr. Gajdendran is a member of a three-member team providing consultancy for the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) resulting in three reports, looking at improving innovation in the construction industry through the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Dr. Gajendran also engages in international collaborative research. He played a research support role, by providing methodological design input, in a study on ‘Measuring International Competitiveness’ hosted by the University of Reading UK in 2005. Dr. Gajendran’s Masters thesis proposed an original concept to assess facilities performance based on customer, employee, and expert-based building performance. The significance of Dr. Gajendran’s MSc research is reflected via its contribution to work, at that time, in the Centre for Total Building Performance at NUS. His work formed the basis for a National University of Singapore funded research project titled ‘An integrated index for measurement of total building performance’.

Teaching Expertise
Dr Gajendran’s teaching philosophy is underpinned by inductive (student centered) teaching/learning pedagogy characterised by problem/project-based learning. His is experienced in designing programs (degrees) and courses including the course structure, delivery materials, assessment and learning activities to develop both Industry ready graduates and life long learning reflective practitioners. Gajendran has experience in multiple delivery modes including on campus (face to face), distance-learning and mixed/blended modes of delivery. He applies multiple teaching/facilitation methods including, lectures, group discussions, site visits, face-to-face and online discussions, blogs, reflective practice etc. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in the subject areas of Building Economics, Estimating and Tendering, Construction Management, Facilities management and Disaster Management. Dr. Gajendran also teaches a Research Methods Module in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs and supervises dissertation students. Dr. Gajendran’s efforts in the area of developing an Online Academic Integrity Module were recognised by two awards (Vice Chancellors citation in 2008 and ALTC citation in 2009). He was also the leader of a research and development project, competitively funded within the University, that developed an online orientation module for distance learning students (received vice Chancellors Citation in 2012).

Administrative Expertise
Dr. Gajendran has fulfilled a number of administrative roles at School, Faculty and University level. The University Human Research Ethics Committee 2003-2006 and 2011: Dr. Gajendran was the Deputy Chair of the Engineering and Built Environment Research Ethics Committee in 2003 -2004 and the Chair in 2005-2006. He was also a member of the University Human Research Ethics Committee in 2005-2006 and 2011. In this role he reviewed ethical aspects of research projects undertaken by staff members at the University in the fields of engineering, management, economics, and health/medical sciences. In 2006 Dr Gajendran was involved in the restructure of the ethics review process, from a faculty-based process, to a risked based university level review process. Methodological Peer Review Committee 2007 - to date: Dr Gajendran pioneered the establishment of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment research methodological peer review committee in response to the University ethics process review recommendation. He has been a member of this committee since then. Program Convenor Bachelor of Construction Management Program (BCM) 2007-2010: In this role Dr. Gajendran managed the quality of the teaching outcomes program-wide, accreditation processes and student academic matters. The BCM program on average has approximately nine hundred students across four years and is accredited by multiple bodies: AIB, AIQS, RICS, RICS, CIOB and SISV. He was actively involved in maintaining and seeking (re) accreditation from the professional institutions. Program Convenor Master of Disaster Preparedness and Reconstruction (MDPR) 2011- to date: Dr Gajendran designed the structure of the MDPR program and is actively involved in the continuous development of the program. Acting Head of the Discipline (HOD) 2012: As acting HoD Dr Gajendran was involved in setting the strategic direction for the discipline. He initiated the integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the BCM curriculum. He was involved in negotiations with local and international bodies to establish academic partnerships. Postgraduate Director: Dr. Gajendran was the postgraduate director for Building Discipline 2003-04. In this role, he was assessing the postgraduate applications for the Building discipline and evaluating documentation for postgraduate scholarships. As part of this role, he organized research training, postgraduate seminars and ensured provision of research infrastructure for postgraduate students.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Quanity Surveying), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura - Sri Lanka
  • Master of Science (Building), The National University of Singapore
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Business Governance
  • Construction Economics
  • Culture in Construction
  • Disaster Managment
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Construction
  • Post Disaster Reconstruction

Languages

  • Tamil (Fluent)
  • Sinhalese (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120299Building not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2011 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2010LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/02/2002 - 2/12/2004Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/03/1997 - 1/07/1998Visiting LecturerUniversity of Moratuwa
Building Economics- Quantity Surveying
Sri Lanka

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2003 - Membership - Australian Institute of Quantity SurveyorsAustralian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/10/2000 - 1/12/2001Project ConsultantICOST Systems
Construction Productivity Benchmarking Group; Information Technology for Construction Industry
Sri Lanka
1/03/1998 - 1/07/1998ManagerQSERVE
Cost Management Department- Quantity Surveying
Sri Lanka
1/09/1996 - 1/02/1998Quantity SurveyorQSERVE
Cost Management Department
Sri Lanka
1/12/1995 - 1/08/1996Quantity SurveyorDesign Consortium Ltd
Cost Management Department
Sri Lanka

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2012Highly Commended Award
Emerlad Group Publishing Limited - Built Environment Project and Asset Management
2011ICBMS 2011 Certificates For Innovative Papers
International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011
2011UTM Razak School of Engineering & Advanced Technology Best Paper Award
International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011

Recognition

YearAward
2012Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
University of Newcastle
2009 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Australian Learning and Teaching Council
2008Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
University of Newcastle

Research Award

YearAward
2011New South Wales Presidents Award for Postgraduate Research
Australian Institute of Building
2010Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Excellent Postgraduate (Research) Award
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Invitations

Distinguished Visitor

YearTitle / Rationale
2014Visiting Scholar
Organisation: Northumbria University

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2014ANDROID Residential Doctoral School presentations
Organisation: ANDROID Network and 4th International conference on Building Resilience.
2014Academic reviewer for Thematic Research Area 14 Standards and normative mechanisms for disaster risk management
Organisation: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Description: Academic reviewer for Thematic Research Area 14, Standards and normative mechanisms for disaster risk management, of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR) prepared by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
2003 Country representative
Organisation: Asia Construct Form

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2014Opportunities and challenges of emergent 'temporary organisations' for governing post disaster reconstruction
Organisation: Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford
2014Reflexivity’ of researchers and epistemological spaces: A discourse into researcher identity
Organisation: Loughborough University and Birmingham City University
2014Understanding innovation in construction SME's: a dynamic capability perspective.
Organisation: Northumbria University
2013Identity of researchers: Philosophical dispositions and operational realties of designing a research approach
Organisation: Faculity of Architecture, The University of Moratuwa Description: Invited to present to a multidisciplinary group including Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Town Planners.
2010Use of mixed research methodology in built environment research
Organisation: School of Housing and Planning at the University of Sains Malaysia Description: the University of Sains Malaysia is the Apex University in Malaysia.
2010Cultural analysis of projects as social organisations’
Organisation: Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford (UK) Description: Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford (UK) is one of the leading disaster management research units focused on Built Environment research.
2005Construction Supply Chains and Asset Manager: How ICT developments in the construction industry impact on asset and facility management
Organisation: Government Asset Management Arena, Department of Public Works Queensland Description: Industry Talks - This talk provided insights into the impact of Information Communication Technology developments to the construction industry clients (based on research findings), to the Government Assets Managers (working for Queensland Public Works), who initiate/manage large volumes of public construction work. This was part of dissemination of research outcomes of a CRC-CI Project.
2005ICT in Construction Supply Chains: The challenges and implications for project managers
Organisation: Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka Description: This talk provided insights into the Information Communication Technology developments and good practices in the construction industry (based on research findings) to the members of the Institute Quantity Surveyors, who control/manage large volumes of construction work of the Sri Lankan construction industry.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Developing ICT Agility for Subcontractors in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 41 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Client Leadership of ICT Integration in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 38 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Head Contractors Driving ICT in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 25 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Consultants Adding Value Through ICT in Project Teams, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 45 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Picturing Success: Critical Success Factors for ICT Integration in the Australian Construction Industry, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Brisbane, 20 (2006) [A2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Zakaria SAS, Brewer G, Gajendran T, 'Decision Making of Industrialized Building System: A Supply Chain Perspective on the Influence of Behavioral Economic Factors', IAENG Transactions on Engineering Technologies: Special Volume of the World Congress on Engineering 2012, Springer, Amsterdam 767-779 (2013) [B1]
DOI10.1007/978-94-007-6190-2_58Author URL
Co-authorsGraham Brewer

Journal article (21 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Gajendran T, Brewer G, Gudergan S, Sankaran S, 'Deconstructing dynamic capabilities: The role of cognitive and organizational routines in the innovation process', Construction Management and Economics, 32 246-261 (2014) [C1]

A better understanding of innovation processes might lead to productivity improvements. By focusing on a specific, economically relevant sector (construction) and on a specific ty... [more]

A better understanding of innovation processes might lead to productivity improvements. By focusing on a specific, economically relevant sector (construction) and on a specific type of firm (small to medium-sized enterprises, SMEs), the dynamic capabilities framework is extended by clarifying the roles of cognitive and organizational routines in organizational innovation processes. Insights generated from an in-depth case study of a medium-sized construction firm reveal that dynamic capabilities might diminish the relevance of an explicit innovation focus, because such capabilities have the potential to trigger emergent, incremental innovations. Accordingly, for construction SMEs, a development, rather than research, mode of innovation appears relatively more critical, as manifested in conscious cognitive routines and functional/integrative organizational routines. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

DOI10.1080/01446193.2013.845306
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsSiggi Gudergan, Graham Brewer
2014Jefferies M, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Using a case study approach to identify critical success factors for alliance contracting', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 21 465-480 (2014) [C1]

Purpose-There has been a significant increase in the use of relationship contracting in the global construction industry, with strategies such as Partnering, Alliancing and Public... [more]

Purpose-There has been a significant increase in the use of relationship contracting in the global construction industry, with strategies such as Partnering, Alliancing and Public-Private Partnerships all used. These approaches were introduced to the Australian construction industry in the 1990s in an attempt to overcome the adversarial nature of traditional contracting methods. The purpose of this paper is to investigate factors that influence the successful implementation of Project Alliancing by means of a case study approach focusing on the procurement of a large water treatment plant. The research findings identify critical success factors (CSFs) both from literature and the case study project.

DOI10.1108/ECAM-01-2012-0007
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Marcus Jefferies
2013Gajendran T, Brewer G, Marimuthu M, 'Internationalisation of construction business and E-commerce: Innovation, integration and dynamic capabilities', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13 1-17 (2013) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2013Brewer G, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'ICT & innovation: A case of integration in a regional construction firm', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13 24-36 (2013) [C1]

Construction firms in regional areas face considerable challenges to their competitiveness. Logistics, availability of suitable personnel, unfamiliarity with trading partners, and... [more]

Construction firms in regional areas face considerable challenges to their competitiveness. Logistics, availability of suitable personnel, unfamiliarity with trading partners, and the tyranny of distance conspire to obstruct profitable engagement beyond their local area. Electronic information and communication technology (ICT) such as web-based project management applications and other forms of collaborative data sharing have the potential to mitigate many of these obstacles, but have yet to gain widespread acceptance, particularly by smaller regional firms who question their cost effectiveness. The attitudes of decision-makers and the impact of their decisions on intra- and inter-firm culture lie at the heart of ICT-mediated innovation. This paper presents a case study of a specialist subcontractor located in regional New South Wales and its involvement in a New Zealand project, whose competitiveness arose from using ICT to integrate its own supply chain. It also provided additional value by triggering collaboration and integration in the broader project team. The case reveals that these outcomes were symptomatic of the organisational culture of the subcontractor, and were achieved through a combination of leadership, collaboration, flexibility and pragmatism, redolent of dynamic capabilities.

CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2013Von Meding JK, MacKee J, Gajendran T, 'Editorial: Built Environment Perspectives on Post-Disaster Reconstruction', International Journal of Architectural Research, 7 8-13 (2013) [C3]
Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Jamie Mackee
2013Brewer G, Gajendran T, Jefferies M, McGeorge D, Rowlinson S, Dainty A, 'Value through innovation in long-term service delivery: Facility management in an Australian PPP', Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 3 74-88 (2013) [C1]

Purpose: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other innovative procurement mechanisms are frequently used to deliver both an asset and a public service over a protracted period.... [more]

Purpose: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other innovative procurement mechanisms are frequently used to deliver both an asset and a public service over a protracted period. The value streams to the parties involved can be complex, but generally arise from the satisfactory provision of infrastructure that is fit for purpose throughout its life. This research aims to investigate the effectiveness of the facility management (FM) function in delivering long-term value to both the client and consortium. Design/methodology/approach: This paper describes a case study of a PPP in Australia that delivered social infrastructure in multiple locations to a state government. Drawing upon multiple perspectives from within the consortium, it utilises inductive principles to identify the influences on value generation through innovation by the FM function. Findings: The ability of an Australian FM contractor to provide value within a PPP context has been shown to reflect some of the attributes described in literature. However, the extent of innovation, especially in the design and construction phases, has been limited by organisational history and capability, and relational and contextual issues. Originality/value: This research highlights a flaw in the rhetoric relating to PPP delivery, namely the disconnection between the asset delivery and service delivery phases, which stifles the consortium's capacity to innovate and maximise value. It reveals a set of influences that both resonate with the literature and plausibly explain the suboptimal performance of the FM function within an Australian PPP. By using highly iterative analysis leading to within-case generalisability, it provides a robust basis for wider investigation of the problem. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI10.1108/BEPAM-03-2012-0008
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Graham Brewer
2013Askland HH, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Project organizations as organizational fields: expanding the level of analysis through Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice', Engineering Project Organization Journal, 3 116-126 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/21573727.2013.768986Author URL
Co-authorsHedda Askland, Graham Brewer
2012Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Schubert A, Rowlinson S, 'Procurement innovation: Using project alliancing in the provision of Indigenous social housing', Contact Australasia: Innovation in Construction, 21-24 (2012) [C3]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Graham Brewer
2012Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Attitudes, behaviours and the transmission of cultural traits: Impacts on ICT/BIM use in a project team', Construction Innovation, 12 198-215 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Cultural consciousness and the effective implementation of information and communication technology', Construction Innovation, 12 179-197 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Dainty A, Runeson G, 'A conceptual approach to studying the organisational culture of construction projects', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 12 1-26 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 5
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Syed Zakaria SA, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Contextual factors in the decision making of industrialized building system technology', International Journal of Civil, Architectural, Structural and Construction Engineering, 6 34-42 (2012) [C2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Collaboration in public sector projects: Unearthing the contextual challenges posed in project environments', Engineering Project Organization Journal, 2 112-126 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Runeson G, Dainty A, 'Investigating informality in construction: Philosophy, paradigm and practice', The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 84-98 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Attitudinal, behavioural, and cultural impacts on e-business use in a project team: A case study', Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 16 637-652 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2009Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Evaluating the impact of transdisciplinary problem-based learning on student attitude to design and the environment', The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 1 55-70 (2009) [C1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2009Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Emerging ICT trends in construction project teams: A Delphi survey', ITcon Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 14 81-97 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2008Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Landorf CM, Williams AP, 'Educating for urban sustainability: A transdisciplinary approach', Engineering Sustainability, 161 185-193 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1680/ensu.2008.161.3.185
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Tony Williams
2007Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Integration of information and communication technology: Influence of the cultural environment', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 14 532-549 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1108/09699980710829003
CitationsScopus - 10
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'IT uptake and integration across a temporary project organisation in the construction industry', Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 8 11-23 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.4018/jcit.2006070102
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2004Williams AP, Mackee J, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Motivation to Engage: Piloting Assessment Techniques to Encourage Student Engagement', The International Journal of Construction Management, 4 27-37 (2004) [C1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
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Conference (76 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)

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of relational contracting (RC) in the construction industry. The performance of RC approaches in construction projects, especi... [more]

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of relational contracting (RC) in the construction industry. The performance of RC approaches in construction projects, especially in highly complex and/or time-constrained infrastructure construction projects, is not very satisfying, although there have been sporadic improvements. Hence, this paper aims to map the practices of three main RC contractual arrangements (i.e. project partnering, alliance contracting, and integrated project delivery) to Relational Contract Theory (RCT). The comparative analysis of these three RC contractual arrangements is undertaken to illustrate how different arrangements are weighted in different key elements derived from RCT. Following this study researchers can proceed to investigate situational variables that will make a particular RC approach most suitable. Industrial practitioners can use the findings as a description of the concept and a starting point to facilitate the RC practices at the procurement phase of a RC project.

DOI10.1061/9780784479070.016
Co-authorsYongjian Ke, Peter Davis
2014Giggins H, Von Meding J, Gajendran T, MacKee J, Brewer G, 'The negative impact of media and socio-political influence on disaster reconstruction and resilience', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

The construction sector has an important role to play in the future creation of a more resilient built environment. The restoration of and design of new community infrastructure i... [more]

The construction sector has an important role to play in the future creation of a more resilient built environment. The restoration of and design of new community infrastructure in the wake of major disasters can provide opportunities to reduce future threats and hazards in the built environment. However, there are often competing interests involved and these sociopolitical factors may result in a lack of transparency and fairness around decision-making processes. It has been previously documented that reconstruction efforts can be unduly impacted by misguided political and economic pressures to get communities 'back on their feet' quickly. Large scale disasters, particularly where there has been significant loss of life, tend to trigger intense media scrutiny and public expectation for rapid response and recovery. Particularly where there has been a large public fund-raising effort, both victims and donors often feel a stronger sense of attachment to the immediate recovery efforts in effected communities. The resulting media scrutiny and public pressure, real or perceived, on politicians to make quick decisions in relation to the reconstruction of community built infrastructure can lead to knee-jerk announcements regarding reconstruction plans that do not consider the longer-term sustainability and resilience of a community. In non-urban, or regional, communities the impact of poor political decisions can become even more pronounced. This paper will present analysis from semi-structured interviews conducted with stakeholders involved in the reconstruction after the 'Black Saturday' fires that occurred in regional Victoria, Australia, in early 2009.

Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins, Graham Brewer
2014Giggins H, Von Meding J, Gajendran T, MacKee J, Brewer G, 'The negative impact of media and socio-political influence on disaster reconstruction and resilience', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

The construction sector has an important role to play in the future creation of a more resilient built environment. The restoration of and design of new community infrastructure i... [more]

The construction sector has an important role to play in the future creation of a more resilient built environment. The restoration of and design of new community infrastructure in the wake of major disasters can provide opportunities to reduce future threats and hazards in the built environment. However, there are often competing interests involved and these sociopolitical factors may result in a lack of transparency and fairness around decision-making processes. It has been previously documented that reconstruction efforts can be unduly impacted by misguided political and economic pressures to get communities 'back on their feet' quickly. Large scale disasters, particularly where there has been significant loss of life, tend to trigger intense media scrutiny and public expectation for rapid response and recovery. Particularly where there has been a large public fund-raising effort, both victims and donors often feel a stronger sense of attachment to the immediate recovery efforts in effected communities. The resulting media scrutiny and public pressure, real or perceived, on politicians to make quick decisions in relation to the reconstruction of community built infrastructure can lead to knee-jerk announcements regarding reconstruction plans that do not consider the longer-term sustainability and resilience of a community. In non-urban, or regional, communities the impact of poor political decisions can become even more pronounced. This paper will present analysis from semi-structured interviews conducted with stakeholders involved in the reconstruction after the 'Black Saturday' fires that occurred in regional Victoria, Australia, in early 2009.

Co-authorsHelen Giggins, Jamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Graham Brewer
2014Brewer G, Giggins H, Von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Understanding the role of human and nonhuman actants in post-disaster contexts: A tentative deployment of Actor Network Theory to evaluate its usefulness', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

In the aftermath of disasters attention naturally focuses on the impacts humans experience during rescue, recovery and rebuilding. Resilient outcomes are desirable but by no means... [more]

In the aftermath of disasters attention naturally focuses on the impacts humans experience during rescue, recovery and rebuilding. Resilient outcomes are desirable but by no means guaranteed, and the consequences are usually attributed to the actions of humans. In a novel deployment this research uses an Actor Network Theory (ANT) lens to reanalyse case study data from three disaster theatres. It reveals the impact of nonhuman actants upon human actants, and their consequences for recovery efforts and resilience outcomes. In particular it exposes the potential economic retardation that food aid can inflict on fragile societies; the value of coherent policies and processes for resilient reconstruction in highly structured societies, and; the mixed blessings arising from the presence of TV cameras in disaster theatres. It concludes that using an ANT lens sensitises researchers to the influences that nonhuman actants can exert in dynamic post-disaster contexts, but that the use of purist ANT approach to solving problems within disaster theatres is not a practical proposition.

Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Jason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins, Graham Brewer
2014Brewer G, Giggins H, Von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Understanding the role of human and nonhuman actants in post-disaster contexts: A tentative deployment of Actor Network Theory to evaluate its usefulness', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

In the aftermath of disasters attention naturally focuses on the impacts humans experience during rescue, recovery and rebuilding. Resilient outcomes are desirable but by no means... [more]

In the aftermath of disasters attention naturally focuses on the impacts humans experience during rescue, recovery and rebuilding. Resilient outcomes are desirable but by no means guaranteed, and the consequences are usually attributed to the actions of humans. In a novel deployment this research uses an Actor Network Theory (ANT) lens to reanalyse case study data from three disaster theatres. It reveals the impact of nonhuman actants upon human actants, and their consequences for recovery efforts and resilience outcomes. In particular it exposes the potential economic retardation that food aid can inflict on fragile societies; the value of coherent policies and processes for resilient reconstruction in highly structured societies, and; the mixed blessings arising from the presence of TV cameras in disaster theatres. It concludes that using an ANT lens sensitises researchers to the influences that nonhuman actants can exert in dynamic post-disaster contexts, but that the use of purist ANT approach to solving problems within disaster theatres is not a practical proposition.

Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Helen Giggins, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2014Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Conceptualising e-business models for SMEs in the AEC sector: A product and services perspective', International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, Sri Lanka (2014) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2014Strahorn S, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Experiences of trust in construction project management: The influence of procurement mechanisms', Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014 (2014) [E1]

Trust is a key element in the project manager's toolkit, and fostering trust in a project team is often critical to the project's outcome. Literature suggests that relational proc... [more]

Trust is a key element in the project manager's toolkit, and fostering trust in a project team is often critical to the project's outcome. Literature suggests that relational procurement mechanisms underpinned by "pain-share/gain-share" principles ought to increase levels of trust between project participants as compared to traditionally procured projects, yet little related research exists. Using "trust as a phenomenon" as the philosophical point of departure the intricacies of trust formation and maintenance are explored in these contexts. A framework of trust-related personal attributes, attitudes and behaviours is used to analyse a series of 15 detailed interviews with multiple representatives from construction and client organisations. Preliminary findings identify: participants' desire for trust in projects; widespread absence of strategies for trust building, maintenance and repair; adversarial dispute resolution as the default; poor project team member selection. Widely valued traits in trading partners include open and honest communication; technical competence; fairness; integrity; honesty, and; benevolence. Where disputation has occurred trust repair skills appear to be rare. Positive pre-existing relationships are reported as the antidote for many project ills. Differences in the perception of trust variables associated with procurement context are identified: superficially surprising and counter-intuitive, they reveal pan-procurement principles for trust-based project success.

Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2014Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Examining the barriers to successful onsite construction environmental management operations', Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014 (2014) [E1]

With the introduction of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and subsequent legislative regulations throughout Australia, effective environmental management across the cons... [more]

With the introduction of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and subsequent legislative regulations throughout Australia, effective environmental management across the construction sector should occur. In reality, construction operations continue to have detrimental environmental impacts. Within New South Wales the primary legislation governing development control, for the purpose of ESD, has produced a complex legislative system that its ability to achieve the objectives of environmental protection remains questionable. Large scale development projects may evoke need for associated environmental regulatory controls; however, such rules are generally not applicable to small and medium scale developments. Yet, these types of projects make up a significant amount of the development market and collectively a major contribution to detrimental environmental impacts. Given each construction project is unique, the application of complex regulatory controls may result in notably different levels of environmental protection between developments. Inconsistency may be seen with regulatory interpretation, implementation, monitoring and associated processes of enforcement. Using a systemic lens this research linked the efficacy of regulation, monitoring, and information flow to explain variability in the outcomes of onsite environmental management operations. The paper reports preliminary findings of a two stage qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with key project stakeholders (e.g. government regulatory officers, construction managers) and case study examination of four medium scale development projects. Using a phenomenological coding approach, preliminary analysis identified a number of themes that impact effective onsite environmental management including: environmental interpretation and assessment, compliance and enforcement, external influences, collaboration and engagement.

Co-authorsKim Maund, Graham Brewer
2014Gajendran T, Tang P, Brewer G, Hilaire T, 'A pedagogical framework for conceptualising the design and delivery of construction management courses through ¿constructive alignment¿', International Conference on Construction in a Changing World 2014 Proceedings, Sri Lanka (2014) [E1]
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Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Patrick Tang
2014Brewer G, Giggins H, von Meding J, Mackee J, Gajendran T, 'Mixed Messages: Tacit Communication Emanating from Non-human Actants in Disaster Contexts', Procedia Economics and Finance (2014) [E1]
DOI10.1016/S2212-5671(14)00971-X
Co-authorsHelen Giggins, Jason Vonmeding, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2014Forino G, von Meding J, Brewer G, Gajendran T, 'Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Australia', Procedia Economics and Finance (2014) [E1]
DOI10.1016/S2212-5671(14)00965-4
Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Graham Brewer
2013Gajendran T, Mackee Jamie, Brewer Graham, Giggins Helen', Le Goff Raichel, 'Organising the management of disaster recovery and construction: A built environment perspective', International Conference on Building Resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsJamie Mackee, Graham Brewer, Helen Giggins
2013Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'The influence of legislation upon on-site construction environmental management operations: A qualitative analysis', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, University of Auckland (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsKim Maund, Graham Brewer
2013Hilaire T, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Sustainable residential aged care: The influence of environment on carer work satisfaction and stress', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, NZ (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2013von Meding J, Le Goff R, Brewer G, MacKee J, Gajendran T, Crick S, 'Defining a research agenda for slow-onset disaster research in the Hunter Region, NSW', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsJason Vonmeding, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2013Brewer G, Gajendran T, Hilaire T, 'ICT-mediated project team collaboration and issues of trust: An actor network theory perspective', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, University of Auckland (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2013Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Public Private Partnerships: The Provision of Healthcare Infrastructure in Australia', Proceedings of the 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, Reading, UK (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Graham Brewer
2013Strahorn S, Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, 'Mechanisms of trust and trust repair in relational contracting: a multiple perspective investigation of Alliance projects', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Brisbane, QLD (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2013Tang WC, Mak MY, Gajendran T, 'Evaluation of assessment practices for Bachelor of Construction Management (BCM) program', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Mak, Patrick Tang
2013Gajendran T, Brewer Graham, Jefferies M, Scott Strahorn, 'An evaluation of philosophical disposition and operational reality of 'alliances': the risk-trust perspective', 2013 RICS Cobra, New Delhi, India (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Graham Brewer
2013Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, Andrew Dainty, 'Exploitation, exploration and innovation in small-medium sized enterprises', 2013 RICS Cobra, New Delhi, India (2013) [E1]
Author URL
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2013Gajendran T, Mackee J, Brewer G, Giggins HP, Le Goff R, 'The impact of governance: Collision of the social and political dimensions on sustainable post disaster redevelopment', Resilience: Individual, institutional and societal coping strategies, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsHelen Giggins, Graham Brewer, Jamie Mackee
2012Askland HH, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Project organisations as organisational fields: An exploration of construction projects through Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice', Working Paper Proceedings. Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Rheden, The Netherlands (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsHedda Askland, Graham Brewer
2012Brewer GJ, Jefferies MC, Gajendran T, McGeorge WD, Rowlinson S, Dainty A, 'Value generation and delivery in long-term service concession projects: The role of facility management in value optimisation', Delivering Value to the Community. Proceedings of CIB W070, W092 and TG72 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Marcus Jefferies
2012Dosen AS, Sher WD, Gajendran T, Gu N, 'Teaching CAD: The challenges of online delivery to distance learning students', Proceedings. 37th AUBEA International Conference, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsWilly Sher, Ning Gu, Annemarie Dosen
2012Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Le Goff RA, 'Contextualising innovation in construction firms in regional areas', Proceedings of 28th Annual ARCOM conference, Edinburgh, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Jefferies MC, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Procuring Indigenous social housing in Australia: A case study of the Project Alliance Approach', RICS COBRA 2012. Proceedings of the Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsMarcus Jefferies, Graham Brewer
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Innovating assimilation process: The role of client lead in fostering effective information flows in contruction management supply chains', Conference Proceedings Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, WO65, WO89, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84: International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal, Canada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Gajendran T, Askland HH, Dainty A, Brewer GJ, 'Cognitive interests, epistemological space and aspirational identity: How does identity form part of construction?', Conference Proceedings Joint CIB International Symposium of W055, WO65, WO89, W118, TG76, TG78, TG81 and TG84: International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal, Canada (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsHedda Askland, Graham Brewer
2012Syed Zakaria SA, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Behavioural economics perspective in exploring the decision making of industrialised building systems in Malaysia', Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering, London, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Chesworth BL, London K, Gajendran T, 'Understanding lean implementation: Perspectives and approaches of an American construction organisation', Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Bristol, UK (2011) [E1]
2011Gajendran T, Mackee J, Brewer GJ, 'Agile construction supply chains for disaster resilience: A theoretical review', Proceedings International Conference on Building Resilience 2011, Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Jamie Mackee
2011Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Runeson G, Dainty A, 'Research methodologies for studying the informal aspects in construction project organizations', Proceedings of the International Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment MISBE2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Building information modelling and the culture of construction project teams: A case study', Proceedings of the International Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment MISBE2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Gajendran T, Marimuthu M, Brewer GJ, Ratnam M, 'The internationalisation of construction business through e-commerce: A theoretical evaluation', Proceedings of the International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'Building information modelling and construction project team integration: A case of theory and practice', Proceedings of the International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Syed Zakaria SA, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Psychology in the decision making of Industrialised Building Systems (IBS): A field of application', Proceedings of the 1st Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences (ACP 2011), Osaka, Japan (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2011Gajendran T, Sher WD, Dosen AS, Williams AP, Jones WM, Yardy AP, 'Orienting distance learning students commencing the Bachelor of Construction Management program: Designing an online module', Proceedings of the 36th Australasian University Building Educators Association (AUBEA) Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsWyn Jones, Annemarie Dosen, Tony Williams, Willy Sher
2011Gajendran T, Williams AP, Booth DF, 'Inducting students into academic integrity: Conceptual design of an online learning module', Proceedings of the 36th Australasian University Building Educators Association (AUBEA) Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams
2010Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'A case study of the effects of attitude, behaviour, and project team culture on building information model use in a temporary project organisation', CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference - Applications of IT in the AEC Industry. Program & Proceedings, Cairo, Egypt (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2010Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Use of online communication portals in construction projects: Issues associated to alignment of technology and processes', CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference - Applications of IT in the AEC Industry. Program & Proceedings, Cairo, Egypt (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2010Chesworth BL, London K, Gajendran T, 'Diffusing cultural awareness and maturity in lean managed organizations', ARCOM: Association of Researchers in Construction Management. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference, Leeds, UK (2010) [E1]
2010Chesworth BL, London K, Gajendran T, 'Diffusing lean implementation & organisation cultural maturity', People, Culture and Change, Haifa, Israel (2010) [E1]
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2010Zakaria SZ, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Conceptual framework of psychology decision making on industrialized building systems (IBS) technology', Proceedings of EPPM 2010: Internatinal Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, Pingtung, Taiwan (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2009Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Beard CR, 'Influences on the adoption of BPM/BIM: An Australian perspective', Managing IT in Construction/Managing Construction for Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on IT in Construction & 1st International Conference on Managing Construction for Tomor, Istanbul, Turkey (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2009Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Cultural analysis for ICT integration: Case study analysis of a construction project', Managing IT in Construction/Managing Construction for Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on IT in Construction & 1st International Conference on Managing Construction for Tomor, Istanbul, Turkey (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2008Brewer GJ, Williams AP, Sher WD, Gajendran T, 'Contracting to learn: An evaluation of the effectiveness of learning contracts in sustainability education', AUBEA 2008. Conference Papers, Auckland, New Zealand (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Willy Sher, Graham Brewer
2008Sher WD, Gajendran T, 'Evaluation of modes of electronic delivery of construction management courses', Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Yeppoon, QLD (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsWilly Sher
2008Sher WD, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Williams AP, 'Mixed-mode delivery of construction management degree programs', Conference Proceedings: BEAR 2008: Building Resilience, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2008) [E1]
Co-authorsWilly Sher, Tony Williams, Graham Brewer
2007London KA, Gajendran T, Chen PS, 'Proceedings', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E4]
2007Rundle A, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Implementing Electronic Tendering for Public Works Procurement - A Tasmanian Experience', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2007Brewer GJ, Jefferies MC, Gajendran T, Williams AP, 'Development and assessment of metacognition in first year undergraduates', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Tony Williams, Marcus Jefferies
2007Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Sher WD, 'Use of a Delphi survey to surface emerging ICT trends in construction project teams: Methodology description and preliminary findings', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Willy Sher
2007Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Landorf CM, Williams AP, 'Educating for urban sustainability: A transdisciplinary approach', SUE-MoT Conference 2007, Glasgow, Scotland (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Graham Brewer
2006Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Williams AP, 'Thinking About Thinking: Challenging First Year Undergraduates to Reflect', Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland, New Zealand (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Graham Brewer
2005Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'The Use of ICT in the Construction Industry: Critical Success Factors and Strategic Relationships In Temporary Project Organisations', CIB W78 22nd Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2005Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'Construction Project Supply Chains and Their Use of ICT', CIB W78 22nd Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2005Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Project Teams and ICT: Surfacing the Critical Success factors', CIB W78 22nd Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2005Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Integration of Information and Communication Technology: A Cultural Perspective', Proceedings of 2005 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, Penang, Malaysia (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2005Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'Critical Success Factors for ICT Mediated Supply Chains: Implications for Project Managers', Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference, Melbourne (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2005Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Beard CR, 'Barriers to ICT Uptake in Professional Quantity Surveying Organisations: An Australian Perspective', QS National Convention 2005 : sustaining the profession: towards diversification, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2004Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Integrating Reflective Self-Assessment Across the Curriculum', AUBEA, Newcastle NSW (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Tony Williams, Jamie Mackee
2004Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Multiple Perspective Assessment to Manage Free Riders in Group Work', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Tony Williams, Jamie Mackee
2004Brewer GJ, Chen SE, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'Higher Education Shaping the Built Environment', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E4]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2004Williams AP, Gajendran T, 'Multiple Perspective Assessment Strategies for Group Work', Design 2004 8th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams
2004Chen SE, Gajendran T, 'Country Report Australia', Asia Construct, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2004) [E2]
2004Williams AP, Gajendran T, Sher WD, 'Working in Groups: A Multiple Perspective Approach to Assessment of Performance', International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education, Wolverhampton, UK (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Willy Sher
2004Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Asset Value Capture: An Overview of the Concepts and Techniques', Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, Miami Florida, USA (2004) [E2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2004Gajendran T, Fitzgerald N, Brewer GJ, 'Information & Communication Technology for Construction of Power Generation Infrastructure in Regional Australia', World of Construction Project Management, Toronto, Canada (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2003Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Chen SE, 'Investigating Critical Success Factors for Information and Communication Technology Mediated Supply Chains', Postgraduate Conference, Melbourne, Victoria (2003) [E2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2003Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'A Case Study Approach to Investigating Participant Engagement with Information and Communication Technology-Mediated Supply Chains', Postgraduate Construction Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia (2003) [E2]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2003Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, McCann J, Chen SE, 'Creating a Benchmarking Service to Measure ICT Uptake for Australian Construction Industry', Construction IT Bridging the Distance, Waiheke Island, New Zealand (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2003Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Motivation to Engage: Piloting Techniques to Encourage Student Engagement with Unusual Learning Activities', AUBEA 2003: Working Together, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsTony Williams, Jamie Mackee, Graham Brewer
2003Mackee J, Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, 'Online delivery of a subject in a problem based learning environment: A case study on the introduction of a subject website for an undergraduate construction management degree program', AUBEA 2003: Working Together, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia (2003) [E1]
Co-authorsGraham Brewer, Jamie Mackee
2003Runeson G, Gajendran T, Chen SE, 'Construction in Asia - Trends and Opportunities', 9th AsiaConstruct Conference, Sydney,Australia (2003) [E4]
2002Gajendran T, Sabaratnam R, 'An Integrated Approach to Assess Facilities Performance', The 2002 Global Symposium: Applying and Extending the Global Knowledge Base, Glasgow (2002) [E1]
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2012Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, Raichel Le Goff, 'Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Tasmania foresight report', Tasmanian Construction and Building Training Board, 12 (2012)
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
2012Brewer John Graham, Gajendran T, Raichel Le Goff, 'Building Information Modelling (BIM): an Introduction and International Perspectives', Tasmanian Construction and Building Training Board, 47 (2012)
Co-authorsGraham Brewer
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants21
Total funding$436,536

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20147 grants / $131,325

Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network$38,250

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding bodyDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project TeamDoctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Professor Qian Ye, Professor Zhangang Han, Associate Professor Yanli Lue, Associate Professor Wan-yu Shih, Associate Professor Jie-Ying Wu, Associate Professor Wen-Yen Lin
SchemeAustralia-China Council Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400533
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network$38,250

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding bodyDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project TeamDoctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Professor Qian Ye, Professor Zhangang Han, Associate Professor Yanli Lue, Associate Professor Wan-yu Shih, Associate Professor Jie-Ying Wu, Associate Professor Wen-Yen Lin
SchemeAustralia-China Council Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400533
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Review of social impacts of a reduction of public housing numbers in Bolton Point estate$22,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Housing

Funding bodyNSW Department of Housing
Project Team
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Innovation and industry capabilities: uptake and integration of ICT/BIM across the Tasmanian AEC sector -- PHASE 2$17,325

Funding body: Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board

Funding bodyTasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board
Project Team
SchemeIndustry Funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2015
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Scoping study for developing Building information Model (BIM) library for designing flood resilient buildings$7,000

Funding body: Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence

Funding bodyConnecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jamie MacKee
SchemePriming Grants
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401135
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Scoping study for developing Building information Model (BIM) library for designing flood resilient buildings$7,000

Funding body: Connecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence

Funding bodyConnecting Australian European Science and Innovation Excellence
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jason Von Meding, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Jamie MacKee
SchemePriming Grants
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401135
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

International Conference on Building Resilience, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, 8 - 11 September 2014.$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400893
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20132 grants / $41,500

Innovation and industry capabilities: uptake and integration of ICT/BIM across the tasmanian AEC sector$40,000

Funding body: Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board

Funding bodyTasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301167
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

International Conference on Building Resilience, Sri Lanka, 17-19 September 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300972
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20123 grants / $20,894

Understanding vulnerabilities in post disaster reconstruction: profiling the risks impacting built environment supply chain resilience$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200348
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Mapping research priorities for disaster preparedness and recovery: Improving built environment resilience through construction industry collaboration$9,394

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Helen Giggins, Professor Michael Ostwald
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101160
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Management of Construction: Research to Practice, Montreal, Canada, 26 - 29 June 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200666
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $1,500

MISBE 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20 - 23 June 2011$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100580
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $2,000

Emerging ICT trends in construction project teams.$2,000

Funding body: Chartered Institute of Building Australasia

Funding bodyChartered Institute of Building Australasia
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187208
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20061 grants / $1,500

Joint International Conference on Construction Culture, Innovation, and Management (ICCM 2006), Dubai, UAE, 26/11/2006 - 28/11/2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0187017
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $1,350

ICCREM 2005 - International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management - $1,350

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185935
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20042 grants / $9,400

The integration of Information and Communication Technologies in construction project teams$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184127
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

World of Construction Project Management, 27-28 May 2004, Canada$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183951
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $225

Postgraduate Construction Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia 8 July, 2003$225

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183173
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20022 grants / $226,842

Critical Success Factors for ICT Mediated Supply Chains$225,984

Funding body: CRC for Construction Innovation

Funding bodyCRC for Construction Innovation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeResearch Proposal
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182910
Type Of FundingCRC - Cooperative Research Centre
Category4CRC
UONY

CIB Working commission W70-Facilities Management and Asset Maintenance, Scotland 18-20 September 2002$858

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182551
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Implications of Building Information Modelling for Business Culture in Small and Medium Sized Building and Construction Enterprises
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2015Assessing the influence of urbanization and consumption patterns on responses to environmental policies in Australia
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2015Towards a Conceptual Framework for the Resettlement of Populations From Hazard Prone Urban Locations
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2015How to Attract Angel Investment to Drive the Creation of New Enterprises and Investment Projects Which Ultimately Drives Economic Growth
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014The Influence of Trust in the Management of Complex Construction Projects
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014Community Participation in Urban Revitalization Projects in Developing Countries
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Methods For Developing Built Environment (Land Use) Plans to Ameliorate the Effects of Natural Disasters (e.g. Tsunami or Earthquake or Bushfire)
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012Investigation into an Integrated Construction Supply Chain Ecosystem Management Model
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2010Sustainable residential aged care: The influence of environment on carer work satisfaction and stress
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Decision-making of Technology Adoption: The Case for Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) in The Malaysian Construction Industry
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013Cultural Maturity Modelling for Lean Organisations
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Thayaparan Gajendran

Position

Associate Professor
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

Emailthayaparan.gajendran@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5781
Fax(02) 4921 6913

Office

RoomBSC203
BuildingArchitecture
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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