SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge
Prof Mustafa Alshawi
Prof Mustafa Alshawi
postal addressMaxwell Building, University of Salford, The Crescent, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT.
email addressm.a.alshawi@salford.ac.uk
telephone+44 (0)161 295 5128
Key Memberships
Associate Dean (Research & Innovation): Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment
From October 2009 to February 2015.
From October 2009 to February 2015.
Profile Summary

Professor Alshawi is a Professor of Management and IT in Construction and an Associate Dean (International) at the College of Science and Technology, the University of Salford (previously the Director of Build and Human Environment Research Institute). He holds many international advisory posts in various countries and a consultant on a number of projects for the World Bank, UN Agencies and OECD. He is the Chairman of the Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform, the number one think-tank in Iraq. He is also the Editor in Chief of the international journal of “Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management”, published by “Emerald”, and the author of over a hundred publications in fields such as integrated computer environments, databases, object oriented databases, IT strategies, CAD, planning automation and IS success factors. He has published a book to provide a holistic view on the readiness of organisations to successfully embrace IT into their work practices. The title of the book is “Rethinking IT in Construction and Engineering: Organisational Readiness”. Professor Alshawi is the founder of five innovative postgraduate courses, in IT and Construction Management, ranging from PG Diploma, MSc, Master of Research and PhD (without residence, MERIT). He has managed a number of large research projects over his research career. His leading work in management of information in collaborative environments, integrated databases in construction and computer integration are internationally known.

Key Projects
2011
Nov
Evaluation of Emerging Ind. Housing Technologies & Systems for Affordable & Sustainable Housing Stock in India & UK
UK-India Education and Research Initiative, 20,000.00.
Principal Investigator: M Arif (75%). Co-Investigators: M Alshawi (20%), A Williams (5%).
2011
Nov
2010
Jul
Research Collaboration with Al-Ain Municipality (UAE)
Al-Ain Municipality, 10,000.00.
Principal Investigator: M Alshawi (100%).
2010
Jun
Centre of Excellence for the Built Environment (CEBE)
British Council, 100,000.00.
Principal Investigator: M Alshawi (80%). Co-Investigators: A Al-Yasiri (5%), G Aouad (15%).
2010
May
KTP with Walsingham Planning (Crowdcrete)
Technology Strategy Board, 89,761.00.
Principal Investigator: M Arif (50%). Co-Investigator: M Alshawi (50%).
2010
Mar
DelPHE-Iraq Exploratory Visit from Basra
British Council, 7,000.00.
Principal Investigator: M Alshawi (100%).
2006
Apr
RCUK Academic Fellowship (Urban Regeneration)
EPSRC, 125,000.00.
Investigator: M Alshawi (100%).
2005
Nov
MANUBUILD
EC (Framework), 237,071.00.
Investigators: M Alshawi (50%), J Goulding (50%).
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Edited Books
Key Presence
Consultancy Roles
2006
UN-Habitat - International Consultant to UN Habitat on the Smart Community Project for Iraq, August 06 - December 06.
2005
The British University in Dubai Assisted this new postgraduate and research-based University to establish a research environment within the Gulf region in Collaboration with the University of Manchester, UK.
2005
UN-Habitat - Invited UN Expert on Housing Market Study for Iraq
2005
Coordinating a group of international Quality experts to perform a troubleshoot visits to government organisations in Dubai to feedback on their current strategic planning. Two visits to Department of Economic Development and Teco... more >>.
2002
International consultant to SIRIM on 'IT Strategy Plan for the Malaysian Construction Industry' A government funded project, Malaysia. (2002-2003)
2002
Virtual Associate Dean for Technology Management at the e-TQM College (2002-2005)
2001
Member of the international expert panel on 'E-Commerce in the Construction Industry', Best e-Practice for Managing Large Capital Programs, June, London.
2001
Member of the founding committee of the University of Science and Technology in Taiff, Saudi Arabia. (2001 - 2002)
1999
Research advisor to Hong Kong Poly University, advising on information modelling and information flow in organisations, August, Hong Kong.
1998
Managed and co-ordinated an international survey to study the level of IT implementation in the Middle East Construction Industry, in collaboration with Lebanon (American University of Beirut) and Bahrain (Arab Gulf University). (... more >>.
1997
Consultant to the Construction Round Table to conduct a feasibility study on developing an interactive multimedia CD for the UK construction Industry with the aim of raising the level of awareness among occasional clients, UK.
1997
Monitoring expert for the EU RTD Framework Programme. (1997 - 1999)
1997
Organised and chaired the 'Integrated Environments' session at the International Conference on Intelligent Information Systems, IASTED, December, Bahamas.
1996
Chaired the 'Computers in the Management of Construction' session in the Second International Conference in Civil Engineering on Computer Applications Research and Practice, April, Bahrain.
1995
Member of the expert panel on 'Product and Process Modelling', CIB W78 International Workshop on Modelling of Buildings Through their Life-Cycle, Stanford University, August, USA.
1991
Consultant to a QS private practice on Value Management. In-house training was given to partners and senior managers on Value Management. I have been their Value Management team leader on a number of occasions. (1991 - 1995)
1991
Chaired the 'Computers in Construction Management' session in the Second International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Civil and Structural Engineering, Oxford, England.
1991
Led a team to carry out a value management study on Stanley Green shopping centre in Manchester. A full report was produced to AMEC Properties on behalf of Warrington-Martin in April, UK.
1990
Chaired the 'Expert Systems Applications' session in the Gulf Expert System Symposium in May, Kuwait
1988
Led a consultancy group for developing a computerised database for estimating and cost control for Civil Engineering projects for the North West Water Authority. The outcome was commercialised by CSSP in their product ICEMATE. The... more >>.
External Examiner Duties
2017
External Assessor for Brunel University, for a Readership post, February 2006, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. 'Computer Aided Manufacturing for Prefabricated Concrete Buildings', University of Teesside, April, 1997, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 'Expert System for Handling and Managing concrete', Loughborough University of Technology, July, 1989, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Architecture, 'Graph Theory Implementation for the Design of Multi-storey Buildings', Strathclyde University, Glasgow, November, 1996, UK.
2017
External examiner for the Degree of MRes in Information Systems, Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, September 2004, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 'Electronic Data Interchange in Construction' Civil Engineering Department, Loughborough University of Technology, July, 1998, UK.
2017
External assessor for the Readers Appointment Committee for a readership post, Caledonian University, May,1997, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Dept of Information systems, 'Intelligent Document Management Through Enrichment: A Conceptual Model', Kingston University, November 2000, UK.
2017
External assessor for Professorial Committee for the University of Teesside, for a Professor post, February, 2000, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Business Management, 'An Empirical Study of IT Based Knowledge Management Systems Implementation', European Total Quality Management Centre, Management School, Bradford University, September, 2003, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Engineering Faculty, 'The Role of Certain Task, user and organisational characteristics in the success of user developed applications', Dundee University, January, 2003, Dundee, UK.
2017
Member of the Selection Committee for the interviews for Professorship in Information Technology in Construction, Civil Engineering Department, Sept 2004, University College Cork, Ireland.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Business School, 'Assessing the Capability to Acquire and Absorb Technology within the Public Sector in Developing Countries: the Case of Kuwait', Aston University, Birmingham, Nov, 2004, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Department of Information Systems & Computing, 'Evaluating the Adoption of Enterprise Application Integration in Multinational Organisations', Brunel University, April, 2002, London.
2017
Validation of MSc in Water, Energy and the Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, July, 1998, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Department of Civil Engineering, 'The exploitation of Information Technology in the Irish Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry' The national University of Ireland, Cork, November, 2001, Ireland.
2017
External assessor for the Professorial Committee of the Caledonian University for a Professor post, Glasgow, 1999, UK.
2017
External Assessor of the interview panel for a Chair appointment, Brunel Business School, Brunel University, November 2006, UK
2017
External Assessor for Sheffield Hallam University, for a Professorship post, May 2006, UK
2017
External evaluator for the American University of Beirut, for a Professor post, December 2003, Lebanon.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Department of Building Service Engineering, 'Hypermedia: An Application of BSE Systems under a Collaborative Design Environment', Hong Kong Polytechnic University, March, 2002, Hong Kong.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Information Systems & Computing,'Evaluating the Adoption of Enterprise Application Integration in the Healthcare Organisations', Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Nov, 2005, UK.
2017
External assessor for the University of Kuwait, for a Professor post, January 2005, Computer Science Department, Kuwait.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Built Environment, 'An Integrated Information Model for Construction Materials Management', Liverpool John Moors University, July, 1997, UK
2017
External assessor for the United Arab University, for an Associate Professor post, February 2005, ICT College, UAE.
2017
External examiner for the Degree of BSc Information Systems, Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, September 2003, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Construction Management and Economics, 'The Effect of Contract Type and Size on Competitiveness in Construction Contract Bidding', Internal Examiner, Salford University, February, 1994, UK.
2017
External assessor for the Professorial & Reader Conferment Panel for a readership post, Liverpool John Moors University, June, 1997, UK.
2017
External assessor for the Professorial & Reader Appointment Committee for a readership post, University of Greenwich, May, 1995, UK.
2017
Degree of MSc, 'The Use of Information Technology in Construction', Arabian Gulf University, September, 1998, Bahrain.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Business Management, 'An Empirical Study of Business Process Re-engineering and Information Technology Systems; A Model of Implementation Suitable for Enterprise Resource Planning Context', Bradford University, ... more >>.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Department of Building & Real Estate,' Interpretation and Understanding of Engineering Drawings', Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Sept, 2004, Hong Kong.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Computer Science, 'Awareness Support for Electronic Presentations: Guidelines for User Interface Design', University of Manchester, September, 2003, UK.
2017
External assessor for the Promotion Board for an Associate Professor post, Jordanian University of Science and Technology, 1999, Jordan.
2017
Validation of a Master of Enterprise (MEnt), Business School, Bolton Institute, March 2002 (A shared Framework between 5 Institutions; Liverpool John Moors University, Centre Lancaster University, Salford University, Manchester Me... more >>.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 'Design Centric Information and Process Modelling for Integrated Building Design', Nottingham University, Nottingham, Nov, 2005, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Department of Building & Real Estate, 'Hypermedia: A Framework for Implementing Value Engineering in China Construction Industry', Hong Kong Polytechnic University, June, 2003, Hong Kong.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 'An Investigation Into Civil Engineering Estimators' Decision Making And Expertise', Loughborough University of Technology, December, 1991, UK.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. in Business Management, 'Effective Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): An Empirical Analysis', Bradford University, February, 2002, UK.
2017
External assessor for the Readers Appointment Committee, University of Teesside, April, 1998, UK.
2017
External member of the interview panel for the Head of The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, Robert Gordan University, Aberdeen, May 2006, UK
2017
External assessor for the University of Kuwait, for a Professor post, January 2004, Kuwait.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. Department of Building & Real Estate, 'An Intelligent Knowledge-base Internet Search Engine for the Construction Industry', Hong Kong Polytechnic University, March, 2002, Hong Kong.
2017
Degree of Ph.D. School of Built Environment,'Financial Model for Private Finance Initiative', Herriot Watt University, February 2007, UK.
2017
External evaluator for the American University of Sharjah, for an Associate Professor post, January 2003, UAE.
Honorary Posts (e.g. Visiting Appointments)
2017
Editorial Board: The fourth international conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Civil and Structural Engineering, Cambridge, August 1995
2017
Program Committee, the Second International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT05), Dubai, Sept, 2005.
2017
Editorial Board: The Second International Conference on Mechanics of Structures, Materials and Systems; MSMS'2001, Wollongong, Australia, February.
2017
Editorial Board: Business Process Management Journal: Emerald. ISSN 1463-7154
2017
Editorial Board of International Journal of Enterprise Information Management http://old.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/jeim/jeim.htm, Emerald. (2006)
2017
Editorial Board: The International Journal of Pavement Engineering & Asphalt Technology, Liverpool John Moors University ISSN 1464-8164
2017
International Programme Committee: Information and Knowledge Sharing, The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), University of the Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Nov 18-20, 2002.
2017
Editorial Board: The First International Conference on Innovation In Architecture, Engineering And Construction (AEC) July 2001
2017
Editorial Board: The UK National Conference on Object and Integration for AEC, March. 2000
2017
Editorial Board; The fifth International Conference on the application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil and Structural Engineering, Oxford, 13-15 Sept. 1999
2017
Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Construction Information Technology. The first issue was launched in December 1992, University of Salford. (1991-2000)
2017
Editorial Board: The first international conference on the Management of Information Technology for Construction, Singapore, 17-20 August. 1993
2017
Editorial Board: International Conference on Intelligent Information Systems, IASTED, Bahamas, December. of the integrated environments session. 1997
2017
Editorial Board: The second international conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Civil and Structural Engineering, Oxford, England - 1991
2017
Editorial Board: The international journal of Research in Construction, World Scientific, Official Journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Building.
2017
Editorial Board: The first international conference on Concurrent Engineering in Construction, London, England, July 1997
2017
Editorial Board: Scientific Journal of Administrative Development, Institute of Administrative Development, Qatar, ISSN 1726-3239
2017
Advisory Board: The International Business Information Management Conference, Amman, Jordan, 4 - 6 July 2004
2017
Editorial Board: World IT Conference, January 2004, Malaysia
2017
Editorial Board: The 5th Asia Pacific Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, 2-4 Sept 2003, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
2017
International Program Committee (IPC), the IASTED International Conference on Information and Knowledge Sharing (IKS 2003), in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, November 17- 19, 2003.
2017
Editorial Board: International Conference, Dulft University, Holland 2001
2017
Editorial Board: International Conference on Construction Information Technology 2000 (INCITE 2000), Hong Kong, January 2000
2017
Editor-in-chief of the international journal of 'Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management'; published by Arnold, UK. (2001 - to date)
2017
Editorial Board: The 6th International Conference on he Application of AI in Civil and Structural Engineering, Eisenstadt, nr Vienna, 19-21 Sept 2001
2017
Editorial Board: The Gulf Expert System Symposium, Kuwait, May 1990
2017
Editorial Board: EU Process and Product Modelling Conference, Scientific Committee and, Building Research Establishment, October 19, 1998
2017
Editorial Board: The third international conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Civil and Structural Engineering, Edinburgh, Scotland, 17-20 August 1993
2017
Member of the International Program Committee (IPC) for the IASTED International Conference on Knowledge Sharing and Collaborative Engineering (KSCE 2004), to be held November 22-24, 2004, in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Invited Papers and Lectures
2017
The CIB W78 Conference, August 1998, Sweden - The Implementation Of The Industry Foundation Classes In Integrated Environments
2017
International Construction Week (Leap Frog into Technology), Kula Lumpur, 10-17 September 2002, Malaysia - E-Construction: Present and Future Challenges
2017
Conference on Achieving Excellence through Accessible and Flexible Learning: The Era of E-Learning, March 2004, Dubai - Flexible Knowledge-Based Learning Environments
2017
Best e-Practices for Managing Large Capital Programs experts panel session, e-Business in the global Construction Industry, London Metropole Hotel, June 28-29, 2001 London - E-commerce in the Construction Industry: the way forward
2017
International Conference on Construction Information Technology (INCITE) 2004, Langkawi, Malaysia - The Strategic Use of IT in Construction: The Impact and Effect of Corporate Culture on IT Training
2017
Conference on 'Advances of IT in Project Management', Sheraton, October 1999, London - Communication of project information: Integrated Environment
2017
International conference on Property and Construction Management and Information Technology in Construction, June 1995, Lisbon, Portugal - Strategic Management of Information Technology in Construction Firms
2017
Conference on Objects & Integration for architecture, Engineering, and Construction, BRE, March, Watford - Management of Project Information: The Role of Objects and Internet Technologies
2017
Industrialists Steering Group - MSc IT in Property and Construction (1990-1993)
2017
SIRIM Berhad, Shah Aalam, 31st October 2002, Malaysia - IT Strategy Plans: Why and How
2017
Symposium Architecture& Real Estate Development in Dubai, March, 2005, UAE - Integrating Design and Construction: Is the Industry Ready for the IT Challenge?
2017
International Conference on Construction Innovation, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, Oct 2006, USA - Re-Thinking IT: For Sustainable Competitive Advantage
2017
Autodesk University, June, Birmingham, UK - Virtual Reality in Construction
2017
International conference on Property and Construction Management and Information Technology in Construction, June 1995, Lisbon, Portugal - The Future Office in Design and Construction Firms
2017
Conference on IT in Construction, organized by the Department de Politica Territorial, the Chamber of Contractors and Technical Association of Architects, Barcelona, March, Spain 2001 - Integrating Design and Construction: Techno... more >>.
2017
Inaugural Lecture, University of Salford, April 2000, Salford - The Clouds of Automation and Integration in Construction
2017
Accelerated Development Programme for Managers, Shepherd Construction, York, March 1998 - Management of Construction and Information Technology
2017
Seminar given in collaboration with the Faculty of Technological Studies, Meridian Hotel, May 1991, Kuwait - Introduction To Expert Systems
2017
TechnSphere 98, April, Al-Ain, UAE - Communication and Multimedia: Future Investments
2017
Seminar on Quality in the Building Industry, October 1994, Porto Alegre, Brazil - Information Technology in the Construction Industry
2017
ICAT exhibition, May 1996, Birmingham, UK - Virtual Reality and Integration in Construction
2017
Project Management and IT, The 7th Annual Conference of the Project Management Institute: Gulf Branch, February 2000 Bahrain - Future IT Challenges in Project Management
2000
Public lecture, The British University in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jan, UAE - IT: Is it Working for your Organisation
2000
INCITE 2000: Implementing IT to obtain a competitive advantage in the 21st Century, HK Poly University press, Jan, Hong Kong - Integrated Construction Environments: Technology and Implementation
2000
International Conference on Construction Information Technology (INCITE) 2004, Langkawi, Malaysia - E-business in Construction: A model for Successful Implementation
2000
CIDB Conference, Malaysia, August 2000 - Strategic Use of IT in Construction
2000
Conference on International Construction IT, Construction Industry Development Board, September 1999, Malaysia - An IFC Web-based Collaborative Construction Computer Environment
2000
Danish Building Research Institute Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Nov 2006, Denmark - Re-Thinking IT: Organisational e-readiness
2000
International Conference on Construction Innovation, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, Oct 2004, USA - Construction Automation
Memberships of External Bodies
2017
Building IT 2005 - Member of a working group (1994-1995)
2017
Member of the Technical Committee on Information System - IASTED (International Association of Science and Technology for Development) (www.iasted.com) - (2001 - 2004)
2017
Member of the Peer Collage reviewers (EPSRC) - 2000- 2002
Other Evidence of External Esteem
2007
Organisational e-readiness; Project Management perspective, a 1 day seminar and workshop at the University of Iceland, February 2007 - Reykjavik, Iceland
2006
IT in Project Management, a 2 day seminars and workshops at the University of Iceland, February 2006 - Reykjavik, Iceland
2005
Process Management and IT, a 5 day training course for a special delegation from Al-Bayt University (Jordan), Sept, 2005 - Manchester, UK
2004
Towards an Integrated Vision: Bridging the Gap, 2nd one day workshop on setting up an IT strategy for the Malaysian Construction Industry, in collaboration with SIRIM, February, 2004 -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2002
IT Strategy for the Construction Industry, a one day workshop on setting up an IT strategy for the Malaysian Construction Industry, in collaboration with SIRIM, October 2002 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2001
IT in Project Management, a two days workshops, Crown Plaza Hotel, April, 2001 - Abu Dhabi, UAE
2001
Web-Enabled Project Management, a two day workshop in collaboration with Projacs, Crown Plaza Hotel, March 2001 - Dubai, UAE,
2001
Managing IT Projects, a two day workshop in collaboration with Projacs (a Dubai-based Management Consultant), Crown Plaza Hotel, April, 2001 - Dubai, UAE
2000
Business Process Re-engineering and IT, a two day workshop, Meridian Hotel, March, 2000 - Dubai, UAE
2000
Business Re-engineering and IT in Construction, a two day workshop, August, 2000 - Singapore
2000
Advances of IT in Project Management: ITPM 2000, 25 senior managers & decision makers from the Gulf States. October, 1999 - London, UK
1998
Improving Business Practice Through Better Investments in Information Technology, two day workshop, Innovation Institute, November, 1998 - Abu Dhabi, UAE
1994
IT in Construction, more than 14 hours of lectures were given to staff and postgraduate students at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul during a visiting lectureship. (British Council Link Programme), October, 1994 - Port... more >>.
1991
Value Management, a 40 hour workshop given to a team of construction professionals, Feb, 1991 - Manchester, UK
1990
Expert Systems, a one day workshop in collaboration with the Faculty of Technological Studies, May, 1990 - Kuwait
Other Research Activity
2017
AIC, the Automation and Integration in Construction
2017
Management tools to measure the level of readiness of organisations to successfully implement large IS/IT systems. (1999- to date)
2000
E-learning. The research aims to establish future technology-based learning environments based on 'learning objects' and instructional design theory. (1998- to date)
Other University Research Roles
2017
Postgraduate Board of Study - Chairman (1991-1993)
2017
Professorial representative at a number of promotion committees for the Faculty of the Environment, Salford University. (1996 - 1999)
2017
MSc Information Technology in Property and Construction - Director until 1998
2017
MSc Course Director (1990-1998) (MSc Information Technology Management in Construction)
2017
Chairman of the Postgraduate Board of Study (1991-1993)
2017
Chairman of the MSc Industrial Steering Committee (1991-1993)
2017
Associate Head for Academic Enterprise (1998-2001)
2017
Deputy Director of the TIME Research Institute (1998-1999) (Technology, Information, Management, and Economics)
2017
Multimedia Internet-based eMBA - Director until Nov 2000
2017
Member of the University International Steering Group (2000- to date)
2017
Master of Research (MRes) in Innovation & Improvement - Director until Oct 2000
2017
Member of the University Senate (1999- to date)
2017
PhD (without residence) programme 'MERIT' - Chairman
2017
Director of e-Learning Unit at the Faculty of Business & Informatics (1999-2000)
2017
PhD (without residence) programme 'MERIT' - Chairman
2017
Member of the Postgraduate Committee at the Faculty of Business & Informatics (2000)
2003
Dec
Director of Construction IT Research Centre (2003 - to date)