Dr Graeme Larsen
- Research Group Lead for the Organization, People and Technology Research Group
- School of the Built Environment Strategy Committee
- School of the Built Environment Research Committee
- School of the Built Environment Committee of Teaching & Learning
- Joint Faculty Postgraduate Awards Committee (Science & Life Sciences)
- PhD supervisor
- School Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes.
Areas of interest
For 8 years Graeme was the Director of the PhD programme within the School of the Built Environment.
Building upon his project management roles within industry, Graeme's over-arching research interest is change and understanding the relationship between actors, technology, processes and organisations within a contextual setting (the construction sector).
Early interests included understanding social networks of influence around innovation, before engaging with regional networks of firms to understand how they changed over time in order to remain competitive.
More recently, his research as focused upon sustainability, corporate social responsibility, innovation uptake and international competitiveness. Currently Graeme is working with key clients (including Silverstone F1 circuit) around briefing and stakeholder engagement to enable construction professionals to better understand clients.
Postgraduate supervisionGraeme has successfully supervised a number of PhDs to completion and welcomes discussions with potential candidates.
Research centres and groups
- University of Reading Design Innovation Research Centre
- University of Reading Organisation, People and Technology Research Group
- University of Reading Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments
- University of Reading Environment Research Division.
Graeme's early career in construction began with working as a trainee engineer, which led to an ONC in Construction, followed by a BSc (Hons) Building. It was during this time that he gained experience working with housing developers in the South West of England.
Upon graduating, he joined Miller Construction and then BAM Construction, working mainly in the home countries and central London on a range of project types.
At this time he considered how he could have more of an impact on the construction sector and the challenges it faces. This led to undertaking his PhD on the topic of Understanding Diffusions of Innovation at the University of Reading, followed by a research fellowship and then a lectureship, before becoming the Director of the PhD Programme.
Graeme has secured research funding for a number of research projects and published more than 25 original research articles.
- Assistant Site Manager, Knapp New Homes, UK
- Site Manager, Miller Construction, UK
- Construction Package Manager, HGB Construction, UK
- Research Fellow, Innovative Construction Research Centre, University of Reading, UK.
- 2012 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
- 2010 PgCert, University of Reading
- 2010 Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)
- 2010 Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- 2005 PhD, University of Reading
- 1998 BSc (Hons) Building, Nottingham Trent University
- 1994 BTEC National Diploma in Construction.
Since 2017 Graeme has held a key role with the International Council for Research & Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) as coordinator of the W065 Organization and Management of Construction working group. In addition, Graeme is on a number of scientific review committees including the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) and continues to be an external PhD examiner on the international stage. Graeme has sat on the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) membership panel member since 2010.
Selected publicationsLarsen, G., D. Green, S., D. and Kao, C (2009) Re-configuring an Organisations Capabilities: A view from the Construction Sector. In: Organization Science 15th Winter Conference, 3-8 February 2009, Colorado, USA.
- Ballesteros-Pérez, P. , Sanz-Ablanedo, E. , Soetanto, R. , González-Cruz, M. , Larsen, G. , Cerezo-Narváez, A. (2020) Duration and cost variability of construction activities: An empirical study. Construction Engineering and Management , 146 (1). | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0001739
- Larsen, G. and Leicht, R. (2019) ‘Driving’ innovation in construction organizations: a comparative case study of the design and construction of motor racing venues.
- Hollely, N. and Larsen, G. (2019) Challenging the rhetoric of construction briefing: insights from an Formula 1 sports venue. pp. 409-417.
- Duman, D. , Green, S. , Larsen, G. (2019) Historical narratives as strategic resources: an analysis of the Turkish international contracting sector. Construction Management and Economics , 37 (7). pp. 367-383. ISSN: 0144-6193 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2018.1529416
- Ballesteros-Pérez, P. , Larsen, G. , Gonzalez-Cruz, M. (2018) Do projects really end late? On the shortcomings of the classical scheduling techniques. Journal of Technology and Science Education , 8 (1). pp. 17-33. ISSN: 2013-6374 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3926/jotse.303
- Larsen, G. (2018) Sustained innovation uptake in construction. Sustainable futures in the built environment to 2050: a foresight approach to construciion and development. Wiley Blackwell , Hoboken. pp. 310-324. ISBN: 9781119063810
- Ansari, S. , Larsen, G. , Shao, L. (2018) Identifying energy savings opportunities for a multi-use venue building. Future Cities and Environment , 4 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN: 2363-9075 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/fce.9
- Boyd, P. and Larsen, G. (2017) The uptake of BIPV within a project environment: the practicalities of integrating solar technologies into the building projects. (ISBN: 9783952488317)
- Ulutas Duman, D. , Green, S. , Larsen, G. (2017) Competitive strategy and the role of narrative infrastructure: the case of Turkish contractors.
- Duman Ulutas, D. , Green, S. , Larsen, G. (2017) Competitive strategy as narrative: Turkish contractors in international markets. pp. 451-462.
- Larsen, G. (2016) Mapping and understanding stakeholders within a niche market: lessons from F1 circuits around the world. (ISBN: 9781783211609)
- Larsen, G. (2015) Innovation diffusion across firms. Construction Innovation. Wiley , UK. pp. 103-115. ISBN: 9781118655535
- Boyd, P. , Larsen, G. , Schweber, L. (2015) The co-development of technology and new buildings: incorporating building integrated photovoltaics. Construction Management and Economics , 33 (5-6). pp. 349-360. ISSN: 0144-6193 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2015.1074262
- Maradza, E. , Whyte, J. , Larsen, G. (2014) Interactive learning in UK construction practice: examining the role of BIM process standards.
- Dania, A. , Larsen, G. , Ewart, I. (2014) Sustainable construction: exploring the capabilities of Nigerian construction firms. pp. 3-12.
- Boyd, P. , Larsen, G. , Schweber, L. (2014) Perspectives on the specification of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology in construction projects.
- Larsen, G. and Whyte, J. (2013) Safe construction through design: perspectives from the site team. Construction Management and Economics , 31 (6). pp. 675-690. ISSN: 1466-433X | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2013.798424
- Amakali, T. , Cook, G. , Larsen, G. (2012) Striving for inclusive design in the built environment: learning strategy adopted by policy implementers at local authorities in England. pp. 285-294.
- Larsen, G. , Phua, F. , Kao, C. (2012) Understanding the long term success of UK construction firms: the extent and role of 'hidden' corporate social responsibility.
- Larsen, G. (2011) Understanding the early stages of the innovation diffusion process: awareness, influence and communication networks. Construction Management and Economics , 29 (10). pp. 987-1002. ISSN: 1466-433x | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2011.619994
- Green, . , Kao, . , Larsen, . (2010) Contextualist research: Iterating between methods while following an empirically grounded approach. Journal of Construction Management and Engineering , 136 (1). pp. 117-126. ISSN: 1943-7862 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000027
- Kao, . , Green, . , Larsen, . (2009) Emergent discourses of construction competitiveness: localized learning and embeddedness. Construction Management and Economics , 27 (10). pp. 1005-1017. ISSN: 0144-6193 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190903273935
- Larsen, . and Harty, . (2009) Regulations and innovations across the UK construction sector: Social shaping in action. pp. 3-12.
- Green, . , Larsen, . , Kao, . (2008) Competitive strategy revisited: contested concepts and dynamic capabilities. Construction Management and Economics , 26 (1). pp. 63-78. ISSN: 0144-6193 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190701656174
- Kao, . , Green, . , Larsen, . (2008) Enacting competitiveness: an empirical investigation. pp. 1-12.
- Green, . , Harty, . , Elmualim, . , Larsen, . , Kao, . (2008) On the discourse of construction competitiveness. Building Research and Information , 36 (5). pp. 426-435. ISSN: 0961-3218 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613210802076666
- Larsen, . , Kao, . , Green, . (2008) Partnering in flight: From being to becoming. Journal of Construction Procurement , 14 (1). pp. 35-50. ISSN: 1358-9180
- Larsen, . , Green, . , Kao, . (2007) Clients and contractors: Relationships in developing new procurement.
- Kao, . and Larsen, . (2007) Competitiveness and procurement strategy: A client-contractor partnership. pp. 335-343.
- Larsen, . , Green, . , Kao, . (2007) Constructing strategy: Practitioners, practices, and practice. pp. 524-535.
- Goodier, . , Soetanto, . , Dainty, . , Larsen, . , Quigley, . (2007) Towards sustained competitiveness in UK construction: A multi-methodological approach. pp. 915-927.
- Kao, C. , Green, S. , Larsen, G. , Elmualim, A. (2006) Construction competitiveness: a dynamic capabilities perspective. Joint 2006 CIB Working Commissions: W65, W55 and W86
- Larsen, . (2006) Innovation and regulation: A socio-technical perspective.
- Larsen, G. , Green, S. , Kao, C. , Elmualim, A. (2006) Sustained competitiveness: Polarized perspectives and the search for the middle ground. CIB Working Commissions pp. 194-195 (executive) paper on CD Rom.
- Larsen, . , Kao, . , Soetanto, . , Goodier, . (2006) Understanding the past, present and future of procurement. CIB pp. 340-347.
- Elmualim, A. , Green, S. , Larsen, G. , Kao, C. (2006) The discourse of construction competitiveness: Material consequences and localised resistance. The British University in Dubai, UAE and CIB
- Larsen, . (2005) Horses for courses: Relating innovation diffusion concepts to the stage of the diffusion process. Construction Management and Economics , 23 (8). pp. 787-792. ISSN: 0144-6193 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190500204770
- Larsen, . (2005) Innovation diffusion in the UK construction industry: The introduction of an awareness threshold level concept.
- Larsen, . and Ballal, . (2005) The diffusion of innovations within a UKCI context: An explanatory framework. Construction Management and Economics , 23 (1). pp. 81-91. ISSN: 0144-6193 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144619042000287750
- Larsen, G. (2003) Informal communication networks and the diffusion of innovations in UK construction projects: A research design. Innovative Developments in Architecture, Engineering and Contruction. Millpress Science Publishers , Rotterdam. pp. 503-514. ISBN: 9059660080