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Research interests

Project management in a global context including: risk management, contract management, procurement strategy, time and cost management, performance management, etc. Organisational learning through simulation of construction processes (project based simulation and construction business simulation using system dynamics) Public private partnerships for infrastructure delivery Social and environmental impacts management (conflict management, stakeholder communication, environmentally sound construction, sustainability, etc.) People in organisations (Motivation, Productivity, Leadership, Human Resources Development, etc) Construction industry development


Professor Ogunlana graduated in 1981 with an honours degree in Building from University of Ife, Nigeria. He also obtained a master degree in construction management from the same university in 1984. He was a partner in TOS Associates, a firm of project management consultants and a staff of the Department of Building, University of Ife between 1982 and 1986. He obtained a PhD in Construction Management at Loughborough University in 1989. He joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as assistant professor in 1990. He was promoted to associate professor (1994) and full professor (2002) in the institute. Professor Ogunlana was the Chairperson for the academic senate in AIT between 2005 and 2007. He is currently the Chair of Construction Project Management at the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University. Professor Ogunlana has an international reputation for research in the application of system dynamics simulation to construction projects and organizations. He is the author of over 180 scholarly publications in top-tier journals and refereed conferences. He is also the editor of the book “Profitable partnering for construction procurement” published by Taylor and Francis and “Training for construction industry development” published by the CIB/AIT and co-editor of “Joint ventures in construction (Thomas Telford) and “Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development – Case Studies from Asia and Europe”( Bauhaus Universitat Weimar). His research work has been funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, European Union, Thai National Housing Authority, UNOCAL, Japanese Government, etc. His works on leadership were awarded Emerald Literati Award for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) for the most outstanding paper in the journal “Engineering Construction and Architectural Management”. Professor Ogunlana is the joint coordinator of CIB W107 Commission on Construction in Developing Economies and a member of the Editorial Board for over 10 internationally refereed academic journals including: Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, the International Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, International Journal of Construction Management, Journal of Engineering Development and Technology, Surveying and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering Dimensions, and Akruti Journal of Infrastructure. He has acted as external examiner for several top universities in the world.

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Research Output

Understanding the driving factors of cost overrun in highway infrastructure projects: A review of existing methodological approach

Mahmud, A. T., Ogunlana, S. O., Thing, H. W. & Wuni, I. Y., 2020, In : Malaysian Construction Research Journal. 9, Special issue 1, p. 21-34 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • A dynamic system approach to risk analysis for megaproject delivery

    Chen, Z., Boateng, P. & Ogunlana, S. O., Dec 2019, In : Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law. 172, 6, p. 232-252 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Harnessing knowledge of building end-users: identifying knowledge brokers that matter

    Waheed, Z. & Ogunlana, S. O., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Corporate Real Estate. 21, 1, p. 19-35 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Conceptualising the nexus of projects, finance and capacity in construction business

    Bajracharya, A., Ogunlana, S. O., Goh, C. S. & Tan, H. C., Sep 2018, In : Frontiers of Engineering Management. 5, 3, p. 289-297 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Application of value engineering and life cycle costing techniques for offshore topside facility projects: towards sustainability

    Alyafei, E. F. H. A., Ogunlana, S. O. & Oyegoke, A. S., 15 Oct 2017, SPE Kuwait Oil & Gas Show and Conference. Society of Petroleum Engineers, p. 1-17 SPE-187638-MS

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    1 Citation (Scopus)