Research contribution to theory:
The establishment of corporate objectives, regarding ecological, social, ethical and economic responsibilities, which inform business practice, has been gaining credibility in the business sector since the early 1990s. This new focus has led to the need to identify measure and report on previously unidentified elements of business impacts.
How has this move towards greater corporate responsibility become evident in the provision of major economic infrastructure projects?
An initial review of literature was undertaken on critical success factors in construction. Very limited literature was discovered which made a link between the corporate responsibilities of the project proponent and the identified project CSFs. A further review of literature relating to corporate social responsibility and urban infrastructure provision revealed that a comprehensive mapping framework, from corporate objectives to intended, anticipated and actual outcomes and impacts has not yet been developed for the delivery of urban infrastructure. Such mapping (supply, demand or value chain) is however undertaken in other industries (i.e. manufacturing) to improve production or service efficiencies, and to address defined corporate responsibilities.
This research willseek to establish a value mapping framework for major economic infrastructure projects via an action research based collaboration with Brisbane City Council, through implementation of a soft system methodology as detailed by Checkland.
Research contribution to industry practice:
This research aims to establish a value-mapping framework applicable to Australian public sector agencies in the form of a decision-making methodology which would enable project teams to:
- Highlight and track key decision points and decision point options, from corporate objectives through to project outcomes / impacts
- Better identify and align project outcomes and impacts with stated corporate objectives
- Assist in managing medium to long term risk and minimise possible ecological and social harm
Awards / Conferences /Journal articles:
- CRC Construction Innovation Research Scholarship 2006-2009
- Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for Ethical Leadership - 1996/97
- Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services - Personal Development Award 1996
- FDG Stanley Award - R.A.I.A. - Commonwealth Law Courts - Brisbane, Qld - (Design Team Member) - 1995
- State Finalist - R.A.I.A. - Interiors Award - Australian Securities Commission Regional Office (Design Architect) - 1991
- Vacation Scholarship - University of Queensland 1980 - Research Topic - Air Conditioning, Air Quality and Health
- Contributing author to paper - Brecknoch R., Reflecting Culture: the People, the Feel and the Style of Brisbane - 3rd International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (2004)
- Newman J. & Kraatz J. A Community Approach to Sustainable Education - Experiencing Change, Exchanging Experience Virtual Conference (2001)
- Building Design Units I, II, III & IV Distance Learning Materials - Central Queensland University (1999/2000)