Property and Construction

Argaw Gurmu

Investigation of Construction Management Practices to Improve Labour Productivity of Building Construction Projects

The construction industry makes a significant contribution annually to the Australian economy. Improvement of the construction industry labour productivity is vital for economic growth of the country in general and for increment of the profit margin of contractors in particular. Given the importance of the construction industry in the economy, it is desirable to investigate the techniques which enhance its productivity. The use of best management practices has a potential to improve labour productivity of construction projects. Thus, the aim of this research is to identify and prioritize the best management practices, and develop a method to measure them in the context of commercial building projects in Melbourne.


Jyoti Rao

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An analysis of land acquisition processes and compensation methods for ‘public projects’: Comparative study of Australia, India, and the UK

This research looks very closely into the mechanism of compulsory acquisition of land for public projects and shall attempt to derive a fairer mechanism of compensation for the loss of 'functionings' of the landower that are linked with the ownership of land and property. While the bigger argument for
the exercise of the powers of compulsory purchase is the maximization of social welfare, this research shall base its argument on Amartya Sen’s (1979) capability approach as per which, welfare is equated with the ‘capability’ of the individual.


Eileen Sim

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Implementing Activity Based Working: Investigating how this innovation is taken up in organisations

Increasingly, there are more organisations globally and in Australia adopting Activity Based Working (ABW offices. This study investigates how ABW is taken up within organisations from two levels- (i) Organisational level and (ii) Employee level. More specifically, the implementation process, employee acceptance and the relationship between the two will be investigated. This thesis aims to deepen our understanding of how to implement future innovative workplaces and to provide a holistic way of assessing employees acceptance of the workplaces.


Andre Ullul

Conflict and Construction – Management and outcomes of construction projects during the conflict in Afghanistan

The increase in construction output in Afghanistan is extraordinary, implying industrial expansion second only to the narcotics industry. Evidence suggests a complex situation where strategies have evolved to satisfy the massive increase in the scale and urgency of construction demand within the dysfunctional economy.

This research investigates the management and outcomes of construction projects in post-Taliban Afghanistan. It addresses the construction industry in terms of the institutional framework regulating construction, relationships between construction actors, and contracting practices that have evolved.


Citra Ongkowijoyo

The Development of Integrated Risk Assessment Methodology for Critical Infrastructure -The Case of Indonesian Urban Water Supply Infrastructure

Various impact level affecting communities. The IRAM will employ a number of scientific methods such as; fuzzy-based failure mode effect and criticality analysis (FMECA) and fuzzy-based social network analysis (SNA) to facilitate the building of risk evaluation associated with the infrastructure and the community. The IRAM developed in this research will be applied and validated in a case of Surabaya city-Indonesian urban water supply (UWS) infrastructure context. The empirical demonstration will add a significant insight and new perspective of risk assessment within the dynamic of risk impact within the community which finally be able to assist the evaluation of governance decision making, managing the vulnerability of the infrastructure and increasing both the infrastructure and community resilience.