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Associate Professor Karen Manley

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Construction and Project Management

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Name
Associate Professor Karen Manley
Position(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Construction and Project Management
Discipline *
Building, Business and Management
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
Keywords

building sector, construction innovation, cross-sectoral innovation performance, innovation implementation, innovation measurement, innovation processess, innovation surveys, project-based firms, road sector, small business innovation

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Manley currently leads three large research projects in the construction management area. These projects are funded by industry partners and the Australian Research Council. They comprise (1) collaborative contracting for public infrastructure provision, (2) innovative products for road construction, and (3) manufactured housing for improved sustainability outcomes. There are currently opportunities for high quality PhD candidates to join these teams. Please contact Dr Manley to express your interest. Dr Manley is also the Director of Higher Degree Research Students in the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment; and Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the CIB World Building Congress. She was formerly Research Program Leader at QUT’s Project Management Academy. She specialises in analysis of innovation and industry growth. Her most influential work focuses on Australia’s industrial structure and project management performance in a variety of industries, including the construction industry. Her research has had a significant impact on Australian public policy. At the same time, her academic contributions to international debate have advanced our understanding of the challenges facing project-based industries. She has produced over 50 internationally refereed journal and conference papers, seven book chapters and over 30 specialist industry reports. She is in high demand for industry presentations and receives many invitations to speak each year from construction industry stakeholders across Australia. She has won numerous research grants amounting to over $1.5m. Over the past few years, Dr Manley has conducted extensive research in the following areas:

  • relational contracting to improve trust and knowledge flows
  • client competence as a determinant of project performance
  • drivers of best practice in project-based industries
  • interactive innovation systems
  • small firm contributions to construction projects
  • business strategies supporting construction innovation

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Karen Manley.

Experience

Dr Karen Manley is Associate Professor of Construction Management at QUT. She is a global thought leader in the area of innovation on infrastructure and building projects. She has many years’ experience as an academic and private consultant, specialising in the application of post-neoclassical approaches to the analysis of innovation and industry growth. She investigates knowledge-flows, networking and innovation systems, to shed light on the performance of a number of industries, including the construction industry. She has published extensively in leading international journals, and her work has informed the development of government policy across Australia in the area of innovation capacity.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Karen Manley.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Queensland University of Technology: Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award Winner
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Construction Project Management
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
Review for: Construction Management and Economics; Construction Procurement; Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management; Construction Innovation; Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering;, Building Research and Information; Innovation Management, Policy & Practice; Automation in Construction; International Journal of Construction Project Management; Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Business, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management; International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
National Association of Women in Construction - Innovation Commendation Award Winner
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Queensland University of Technology - Nominee, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Australian Institute of Project Management - National Project Manager of the Year
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Australian Institute of Project Management - Queensland Project Manager of the Year

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Diffusion of manufactured high performance green houses: a mixed-methods management study of innovation obstacles
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120100348
Start year
2012
Keywords
Innovation; Housing; Sustainability; Prefabrication
Title
Leveraging R&D for the Australian Built Environment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200256
Start year
2012
Keywords
R&D Impact; Australian Built Environment Industry; Technology Diffusion; R&D Trends
Title
Maximising the Value of Alliances in Delivering Infrastructure Projects: A Mixed Methods Management Study of Procurement Innovation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200110
Start year
2011
Keywords
Project Performance; Strategic Alliances; Transaction Governance; Firm Capabilities; Infrastructure Projects; Construction Industry
Title
Maximising Diffusion of Innovative Products on Public Infrastructure Projects: A Qualitative Management Study of Open Innovation Systems.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990553
Start year
2009
Keywords
Innovation; Infrastructure Projects; Knowledge Transfer; Construction Industry; Industry Development; Industry Policy;
Title
Sectoral innovation systems : Engines of Economic Growth
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
c00107626
Start year
2001
Keywords

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