Staff Profile:Dr Sunila Lobo

Dr Sunila Lobo
Job Title:
Sessional Lecturer

Programme Director, MSc Construction Cost Management

2008 PhD, Management, University of Warwick, UK.
2000 MBA (Distinction), Imperial College London Business School, UK
2000 Post-graduate Diploma (MGT), Imperial College London Business School, UK.
1995 Master of Modern Language Studies, University Malaya, Malaysia
1988 Post-graduate Diploma in Education (Distinction), University Malaya, Malaysia
1987 Bachelor of Science (Maths; Hons.), University Malaya, Malaysia

External Responsibilities:
External Academic on Manchester Business School’s Global MBA programme
Visiting Lecturer, School of Management Studies, University of Khartoum, Sudan

Areas of Interest:

Sunila Lobo has conducted research at the technology/business interface, including EU, NESTA and Research Council UK (RCUK) funded work. She has a focus on investigating the building of capabilities and the practices around distributed (technology-mediated) collaborative work in the complex project context. This is combined with an international perspective having worked in Southeast Asia, the UK and the MEA. She recently won the IJPM-PMJ sponsored Best Paper Award at the IRNOP 2015 conference for a co-authored paper on building capabilities in the complex project context.

She has collaborated with global engineering and design consultancies, the UK advertising and media industry, a distribution network operator, leading EU technology companies and with universities, in China, India and Sweden. For her award-winning MBA project at Imperial College London, she conducted research on the implications of disruptive digital technologies on firm business models as well as how employees would have to learn new skills to take advantage of what the new technology had to offer. Her varied interests relating to how technology and society are mutually constituted, vis a vis digital technologies has led her to explore privacy and security issues relating to new technologies, including smart (mobile) phones. Her research plan is to delve into the building of long-term capabilities in construction firms; at the firm, inter-firm and individual level.

Career Path:
Her start in the world of construction began in 2008 when she conducted research on the use of digital technologies for design, collaboration and governance, on 3 major infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia. Thus far, this has resulted in a journal paper, a paper in a practitioner publication, as well as conference papers which show that these technologies are used for both coordination and control across work and team boundaries in complex projects with heterogeneous teams, disciplines and practices. And, that over time, across projects, capabilities are built for the digital delivery of such projects. Another aspect of this research was investigating how much of the lessons that were learnt were transferred across these complex infrastructure projects. In late 2009, she took on a post as Assistant Professor in King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, until her return to the UK in 2011. On her return, under the auspices of the Design Innovation Research Centre, she conducted research on the issues around conducting transnational collaborative design work across virtual design teams; including building trust, overcoming cultural differences as well as, using technology for communication across time and space. The resulting journal publication sets the agenda for further research in this area. She is a reviewer for major journals and conferences.

Research groups / Centres:

Digital Practices Research Group

Research Awards:
IRNOP 2015 Best Paper Award in June 2015 [IRNOP is the International Research Network on Organising by Projects]

Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013; for the 2012 Journal of Islamic Marketing publication

Systematic Review of Business Models in the Digital Economy - 10 Sept. - Nov. 2012; a prestigious £3k award from the EPSRC as part of a multi-disciplinary initiative called New Economic Models in the Digital Economy (NEMODE). This review explores the intersection between business models, economic models and the digital economy.

Special Prize from the Worshipful Company of Marketors for my MBA dissertation (1999); Imperial College London.

Completed Research Projects:

Infrastructure UK Consultancy project on Collaborative Work in Project Teams- (Report/feedback delivered in November 2013).

Infrastructure through Life: Technology Use on Global Projects - March 2008 - Oct 2009, at the University of Reading. Investigated the use of technologies for design and collaboration across distributed teams.

Soft Innovation (under NESTA[1]) - 2007, at the University of Warwick.

ICE-CREAM (EU-funded university-industry research collaboration on business models for interactive technologies) - 2002 - 2004 at Imperial College London.

[1] NESTA stands for National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Its aim is to transform UK's capacity for innovation.

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Postdoctoral and graduate student supervision:

UG, MSC and MBA supervision 2nd Supervisor to a PhD student at the School of the Built Environment (graduated in July 2015).

sunila lobo

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 8194
3s43 URS Building

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