Staff Profile:Professor Will Hughes

Name:
Professor Will Hughes
Job Title:
Professor
Responsibilities:
  • Programme Director MSc Construction Management  
  • Member of Advisory Board for Information Services
  • Member of Estates and Facilities Committee

Teaching responsibilities including:

Lecturing to undergraduates and postgraduates in construction related programmes in all aspects of construction contract law and on project organization. Programmes have included: LLB in Law, LLM in Construction Law and currently involve, MSc Construction in Emerging Economies, MSc Project Management, MSc Construction Management, MSc Construction Cost Management, BSc Quantity Surveying, BSc Building Surveying, BSc Construction Management, BSc Construction Management Surveying

  • Module convenor and lecturer, MSc module Business of Construction (2014-)
  • Module convenor and lecturer, Part 2 Construction Procurement (2013-)
  • Module convenor and lecturer, MSc module on Construction Contract Law (2000-)
  • Module convenor and lecturer, Final year Construction Contract Management (2016-17)
  • Module convenor and lecturer, Part 2 Construction Contract Law (2016-17)
  • Module convenor and lecturer, Final year Construction Contract Law and Management (2014-17)

Qualifications:

  • ONC in Construction, Bilston College, 1976
  • BSc (hons) in Building Technology, UMIST, 1980
  • PhD, Organizational analysis of building projects, CNAA, 1989
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Building, Ascot, 1990


External Responsibilities:

  • Honorary Editor of Construction Management and Economics (2016-date)

  • Editorial board member of Journal of Construction Business and Management (2016-date)

  • Editorial board member of Organization, Technology & Management in Construction (2011-date)

  • Founder Editor of ARCOM Construction Management Abstracts (1998-date)

  • Member of CIB W-55 Working Commission on Building Economics (1989-date)

  • Member of CIB W-65 Working Commission on Organization and Management in Construction (1989-date)

  • Member of CIB W-92 Working Commission on Procurement Systems (1989-date)

    Member of CIB W-96 Working Commission on Architectural Management (1992-date)

  • Member of CIB W-113 Working Commission on Law and Dispute Resolution (2006-date)

  • Editorial Advisor for Spon Press, London (1996-date)

  • Editor-in-Chief Construction Management and Economics (2007-2016)

 

Areas of Interest:

My research interests include the control and management of building contracts, the management of design in construction, the analysis of organizational structure, and the analysis of procurement systems. The focus of my work is the commercial processes of structuring, negotiating, recording and enforcing business deals in construction. I have developed a framework for modelling and describing the myriad permutations of procurement variables, to aid in analysis and understanding of the complexities of organizing the procurement of built facilities. This has been incorporated into a British Standard (2011) on construction procurement.

Career path:
My career in construction began as a trainee joiner in 1972. Through part-time study, I earned an ONC in Construction, which qualified me for university entrance. This led to an honours degree in Building Technology from UMIST, followed by a research assistantship with Professor Peter Burberry, in which we investigated the relationship between design and construction for the Building Research Establishment. Subsequently I took up a research fellowship in the Department of Surveying at Liverpool Polytechnic with Professor Anthony Walker, on an SERC project looking at organizational effectiveness in construction projects. I then undertook a lectureship in the same department for five years whilst studying part time for a PhD, which was completed in 1989, on the topic of Organizational Analysis of Building Projects.

My work at Reading has included several research projects around issues related to contracts and procurement in construction, major textbooks in construction law, as well as numerous publications on the organization and management of construction. I am on the editorial boards of several international journals.

My career in construction began as a trainee joiner in 1972. Through part-time study, I earned an ONC in Construction, which qualified me for university entrance. This led to an honours degree in Building Technology from UMIST, followed by a research assistantship with Professor Peter Burberry, in which we investigated the relationship between design and construction for the Building Research Establishment. Subsequently I took up a research fellowship in the Department of Surveying at Liverpool Polytechnic with Professor Anthony Walker, on an SERC project looking at organizational effectiveness in construction projects. I then undertook a lectureship in the same department for five years whilst studying part time for a PhD, which was completed in 1989, on the topic of Organizational Analysis of Building Projects.

My work at Reading has included major textbooks in construction law, as well as numerous publications on the organization and management of construction. The first book has been reprinted at least once per year since it was published in 1992, with new editions in 1996, 2000, 2009 and 2015. The 4th edition was translated into Japanese. It has become the set book on degree courses at many universities in the UK and overseas. My research interests include the control and management of building contracts, the management of design in construction, the analysis of organizational structure, and the analysis of procurement systems. The focus of my work is the commercial processes of structuring, negotiating, recording and enforcing business deals in construction. I have developed a framework for modelling and describing the myriad permutations of procurement variables, to aid in analysis and understanding of the complexities of organizing the procurement of built facilities. This has been incorporated into a new British Standard (2011) on construction procurement. I am currently part of the drafting committee for an ISO on the same topic.

I was Editor-in-chief of the international journal Construction Management and Economics (1992-2015), the leading international refereed journal in the field and was an active committee member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) (1994-2012), of which I was Chairman 1998-2000. During that time, I organized two international research conferences, each involving around 100 delegates and 70+ papers presented. In 2007 I was the sole organizer and chair for an international conference in Reading to celebrate 25 years of the CM&E journal, with 180 delegates and 143 papers presented.

I am on the editorial boards of four international journals, including the Journal of Asian Architectural and Building Research. I was a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Peer Review College 2003-07. I have been a member of the UK's Chartered Institute of Building, since 1980.

Research groups / Centres:
Buiness Innovation in Construction
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Contact Details

Email:
w.p.hughes@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7175
Building:
127 Chancellor's Building

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