Closely connected to industry and committed to meeting productivity, innovation and performance challenges: meet the Centre for Integrated Project Solutions.
The Centre for Integrated Project Solutions (CIPS) is a centre with impact. Over 20 million people work in project teams worldwide, with 20 per cent of global GDP (US $12 trillion per year) spent on fixed capital projects. It is predicted that by 2016—in 11 of the leading economies—up to $194 billion is at risk due to a skills shortage in project management. To respond to this challenge, we are focused on developing high impact research for organisations and industries who work on projects.
Highlights at a glance
- Highly successful grants from the Australian Research Council, Department of Industry and RMIT University Learning and Teaching Investment Fund, in important topics including: offsite manufacturing, digital construction engineering project delivery, industrialised building knowledge and curriculum design for BIM internationalisation.
- Publication of the books: Collaborative Project Procurement Arrangements by Professor Derek Walker and Dr Beverley Lloyd-Walker and The Soft Power of Construction Contracting Organisations co-authored and co-edited by Dr Peter Wong.
- Representation by our director, Professor Kerry London, on the Australian Research Council Humanities and Creative Arts College of Experts, and the Australian National Standards Project Management Technical Committee.
- PhD graduation of Kartina Alauddin and David Taylor, in the topics ‘The Development of an Intellectual Capital Framework for Successful Adaptive Re-Use’ and ‘The Integration of Contractor's Knowledge and Expertise as Part of a Complex Project Management Organisation's People Capability: A Case of an Australian Defence Acquisition Organisation’.
Productivity and innovation
The Centre works to improve productivity and innovation across various industries, including construction services and technologies, engineering, architecture, residential, property, mining, oil and gas, education, IT and disaster relief.
Our research addresses project and portfolio processes across our key research areas:
- project delivery
- project performance modelling
- organisational culture
- visualisation integration collaboration
- supply chain integration.
To ensure we stay connected with industry, our Industry Advisory Board meets quarterly to guide our research programs, advise on industry-related topics and share our research outputs to broader industry.
The Board began their journey in developing a high impact research program through structured brainstorming in areas of significant priority and research that would add value to organisations and industry as a whole. From this, a research program was co-designed by Board members and the Director. Program team Leaders, alongside Centre members, are now developing a capability framework. The Board also created criteria for assessing research impact—potentially one of the first in the world. This strategic and applied research impact assessment framework will result in high impact, robust and rigorous global research that catalyses change in organisations and industry.