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Dr Paul Chan (BSc (Hons), PhD, ICIOB, PCAPL, FHEA) - personal details

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Dr Paul Chan

Role: Lecturer in Project Management

Tel: 0161 275-4319

Location: Pariser Building-E17
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I teach Management of Projects to engineering students. I actively research human resources management and development, with a focus on training and development, labour productivity and performance, knowledge management and organisational learning. I also undertake research on design management and sustainable development. I am passionate about students' personal development planning. I co-authored "Constructing Futures: Industry Leaders and Futures Thinking in Construction" with Professor Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University). I have published over 50 refereed journal and conference articles.

Externally, I am Editor of Construction Management and Economics, the leading international refereed journal that publishes original research concerning the management and economics of building and civil engineering. I have been joint coordinator (with Professor Raisanen from Chalmers University) of CIB TG 78 on "Informality and emergence in construction workplaces", a Member of the Research and Innovation Panel of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Secretary of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the European Institute of Construction Labour Research (CLR) Great Britain. I was formerly a member of the North East Chamber of Commerce Skills Working Group, the EPSRC Manufacturing Futures Network (Ref: EP/D059046/1), and the EPSRC Ideas Factory Programme on Productivity. I previously completed, as co-principal investigator an EPSRC project entitled Understanding and assessing the concept of knowledge leakage (Ref: EP/D505631/1), and have supervised an EPSRC/North East Chamber of Commerce funded PhD CASE student examining skills capacity issues in the Tyne and Wear region (Ref: EP/C537793/1).

Hobby-wise, I enjoy the theatre, live music and indulging in gastronomical delights.

PhD Supervison

1. Airports Environmental Investment Toolkit (Student: Vivian Liang)

The aim of this EPSRC project (Ref: EP/H004505/1) is to examine how airport operators make decisions to invest in sustainable technologies.

2. The Competitiveness Agenda in Advanced Manufacturing (Student: Kamal Qazi)

The project examine the nature of competitiveness strategies in advanced manufacturing in the UK, and how this is being shaped by public policy.

3. Product-service models in construction (Student: William Robinson)

This project, funded through the EPSRC CASE Award and is part-sponsored by Laing O'Rourke, investigates the prospects of product-service thinking to enhance the performance of mechanical and electrical processes (MEP).

4. New challenges of inter-organisational learning (Student: Moheeb Abu Alqumboz)

The focus of this project is to critically investigate the agentic role of networks in affording more effective inter-organizational learning practices.

5. Reform of public services and collaborations and alliances (Student: Santi Jintamanaskoon)

The study seeks to explore how public sector reforms influence the way collaborations and alliances are talked about and enacted.

6. Delays and disruptions in construction (Student: Farhad Izakshiry; jointly supervised by Dr. Emsley)

This project investigates the role of individual and collective intentions in influencing project time schedules.

7. Identity crises of the production manager (Student: Marco Vera Magos)

This project explores the liminal practices in shaping managerial identity of production managers and the consequences on performance.

8. The role of testing in quality assurance (Student: Jika Onuchuku, part-time)

This research explores critical issues relating to the role of testing in ensuring effective quality assurance.

9. Power relations in supply chains (Student: Tomasz Witkowski)

This study critiques power relations in inter-organizational new product development.