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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 06/05/2010
  • Master of Science (Building), The National University of Singapore, 10/04/2001
  • Bachelor of Science (Quanity Surveying), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 11/12/1995
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura - Sri Lanka, 04/11/2000

Research

Research keywords

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

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’.

Languages

  • Sinhalese
  • Tamil

Fields of Research

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Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Awards

Recognition.

2012Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
For developing an online orientation module using multiple media to prepare construction management students to engage and cope with online learning
2009 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (Australia)
For developing a student-centred online module with innovative assessment and feedback strategies that engage students in scholarly practice and reflective learning about academic integrity
2008Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
For engaging students in the development of academic integrity graduate attributes through development and implementation of an innovative student-centred online-learning module

Research Award.

2011New South Wales Presidents Award for Postgraduate Research
Australian Institute of Building (AIB) (Australia)
AIB is an Australian industry professional body.
2010Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Excellent Postgraduate (Research) Award
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB (Australia)
CIOB is an internationally recognised professional body.

Research Publication Award

2012Highly Commended Award
Emerlad Group Publishing Limited - Built Environment Project and Asset Management (Hong Kong)
Value generation and delivery in long term service concession projects: the role of facility management in optimisation
2011ICBMS 2011 Certificates For Innovative Papers
International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011 (Australia)
The internationalization of construction business through E-commerce – A theoretical evaluation
2011UTM Razak School of Engineering & Advanced Technology Best Paper Award
International Construction Business & Management Symposium 2011 (Australia)
Building information modeling and construction project team integration; a case of theory and practice

Invitations

Visiting Scholar
Northumbria University , United Kingdom (Distinguished Visitor)
2014
Reflexivity’ of researchers and epistemological spaces: A discourse into researcher identity
Loughborough University and Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2014
Understanding innovation in construction SME's: a dynamic capability perspective.
Northumbria University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2014
Opportunities and challenges of emergent 'temporary organisations' for governing post disaster reconstruction
Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2014
Identity of researchers: Philosophical dispositions and operational realties of designing a research approach
Faculity of Architecture, The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (Invited Presenter)
2013
Cultural analysis of projects as social organisations’
Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford (UK), United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2010
Use of mixed research methodology in built environment research
School of Housing and Planning at the University of Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (Invited Presenter)
2010
ICT in Construction Supply Chains: The challenges and implications for project managers
Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka (Invited Presenter)
2005
Construction Supply Chains and Asset Manager: How ICT developments in the construction industry impact on asset and facility management
Government Asset Management Arena, Department of Public Works Queensland, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2005
Academic reviewer for Thematic Research Area 14 Standards and normative mechanisms for disaster risk management
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)., United Kingdom (Invitation- Academic reviewer )
2014
Country representative
Asia Construct Form, Australia (Invited Representative)
2003
ANDROID Residential Doctoral School presentations
ANDROID Network and 4th International conference on Building Resilience., United Kingdom (Panel Member)
2014

Administrative

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.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Construction Economics
  • Disaster Managment

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).

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Cultural consciousness and the effective implementation of information and communication technology', Construction Innovation, 12 179-197 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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]

Co-authors: Graham 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]

Co-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham Brewer

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]
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]

Publications

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Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham Brewer

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-authors: Graham 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]

Journal article (20 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]
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]

Co-authors: Graham Brewer

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]
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]
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]

Co-authors: Graham 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]
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-authors: 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]

Co-authors: Graham Brewer

2012Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Cultural consciousness and the effective implementation of information and communication technology', Construction Innovation, 12 179-197 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Graham 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]

Co-authors: Graham 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-authors: 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]
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]

Co-authors: Graham 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]

Co-authors: Graham 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]

Co-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham Brewer

2008Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Landorf CM, Williams AP, 'Educating for urban sustainability: A transdisciplinary approach', Engineering Sustainability, 161 185-193 (2008) [C1]
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]
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]
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]
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Conference (68 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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)

Co-authors: 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, Sri Lanka (2014)
2013Maund KA, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'The Influence Of Legislation Upon Onsite Construction Environmental Management Operations: A Qualitative Analysis', The 38th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, Auckland (2013) [E1]
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]
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', 38th Australasian Unversities Building Education Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E1]
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]
2013Jefferies MC, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'Public Private Partnerships: The Provision of Healthcare Infrastructure in Australia', Proceedings of the 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, Reading, UK (2013) [E1]
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-authors: Graham Brewer

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]
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-authors: 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]

Co-authors: 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-authors: 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]
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-authors: Graham Brewer

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]
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]
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-authors: 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]
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]
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-authors: Graham 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]
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-authors: Tony Williams

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-authors: Graham 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]
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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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]
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-authors: Graham Brewer

2010Chesworth BL, London K, Gajendran T, 'Diffusing lean implementation & organisation cultural maturity', People, Culture and Change, Haifa, Israel (2010) [E1]
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-authors: Graham 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]
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-authors: Graham Brewer

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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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]
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-authors: Willy 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]
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]
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-authors: Graham 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]
2007Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Landorf CM, Williams AP, 'Educating for urban sustainability: A transdisciplinary approach', SUE-MoT Conference 2007, Glasgow, Scotland (2007) [E1]
2007London KA, Gajendran T, Chen PS, 'Proceedings', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E4]
2006Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'The Cultural Dimensions of the Information Communication Technology Success Factors', Joint International Conference on Construction Culture, Innovation and Management (CCIM), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006) [E1]

Co-authors: 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]
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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham Brewer

2004Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Multiple Perspective Assessment to Manage Free Riders in Group Work', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E1]
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]
2004Brewer GJ, Gajendran T, Mackee J, Williams AP, 'Integrating Reflective Self-Assessment Across the Curriculum', AUBEA, Newcastle NSW (2004) [E1]
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-authors: Graham Brewer

2004Williams AP, Gajendran T, 'Multiple Perspective Assessment Strategies for Group Work', Design 2004 8th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik (2004) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

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-authors: Graham Brewer

2004Chen SE, Gajendran T, 'Country Report Australia', Asia Construct, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2004) [E2]
2004Brewer GJ, Chen SE, Gajendran T, Runeson G, 'Higher Education Shaping the Built Environment', AUBEA, Newcastle, NSW (2004) [E4]

Co-authors: Graham 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]
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]
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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham Brewer

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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Report (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Brewer Graham, Gajendran T, Raichel Le Goff, 'Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Tasmania foresight report', Tasmanian Construction and Building Training Board, 12 (2012)

Co-authors: Graham 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-authors: Graham Brewer

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants18
Total funding$384,286

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2014 (4 grants)

Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network$38,250
Funding Body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Project Team
Doctor 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
SchemeRole
Australia-China Council GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$38,25020142014
GNo:G1400533

Review of social impacts of a reduction of public housing numbers in Bolton Point estate$22,000
Funding Body: NSW Department of Housing

SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$22,00020142014
GNo:185937827

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

SchemeRole
Industry FundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$17,32520142015
GNo:185937819

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

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1400893

2013 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00020132014
GNo:G1301167

International Conference on Building Resilience, Sri Lanka, 17-19 September 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300972

2012 (3 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020122012
GNo:G1200348

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

Project Team
Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Doctor Helen Giggins, Professor Michael Ostwald
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,39420122012
GNo:G1101160

Management of Construction: Research to Practice, Montreal, Canada, 26 - 29 June 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200666

2011 (1 grants)

MISBE 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20 - 23 June 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100580

2007 (1 grants)

Emerging ICT trends in construction project teams.$2,000
Funding Body: Chartered Institute of Building Australasia

Project Team
Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020072007
GNo:G0187208

2006 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0187017

2005 (1 grants)

ICCREM 2005 - International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management - $1,350
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,35020052005
GNo:G0185935

2004 (2 grants)

The integration of Information and Communication Technologies in construction project teams$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020042004
GNo:G0184127

World of Construction Project Management, 27-28 May 2004, Canada$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020042004
GNo:G0183951

2003 (1 grants)

Postgraduate Construction Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia 8 July, 2003$225
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$22520032003
GNo:G0183173

2002 (2 grants)

Critical Success Factors for ICT Mediated Supply Chains$225,984
Funding Body: CRC for Construction Innovation

Project Team
Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Research ProposalInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$225,98420022004
GNo:G0182910

CIB Working commission W70-Facilities Management and Asset Maintenance, Scotland 18-20 September 2002$858
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$85820022002
GNo:G0182551
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions7
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.58

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
20142016M Philosophy (Architecture)Co-SupervisorCommunity Participation in Urban Revitalization Projects in Developing Countries
20142016PhD (Building)Co-SupervisorThe Influence of Trust in the Management of Complex Construction Projects
20132021PhD (Building)Co-SupervisorMethods For Developing Built Environment (Land Use) Plans to Ameliorate the Effects of Natural Disasters (e.g. Tsunami or Earthquake or Bushfire)
20122016M Philosophy (Building)Co-SupervisorImplications of Building Information Modelling for Business Culture in Small and Medium Sized Building and Construction Enterprises
20122016PhD (Building)Co-SupervisorInvestigation into an Integrated Construction Supply Chain Ecosystem Management Model
20112013PhD (Building)Principal SupervisorDecision-making of Technology Adoption: The Case for Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) in The Malaysian Construction Industry
20102013PhD (Building)Co-SupervisorSustainable residential aged care: The influence of environment on carer work satisfaction and stress

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Building)Co-SupervisorCultural Maturity Modelling for Lean Organisations
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Dr Thayaparan Gajendran

Work Phone(02) 4921 5781
Fax(02) 4921 6913
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaConstruction Management (Building)
Office
BSC203,
Architecture,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/thayaparan-gajendran