Unlocking the creative potential
John has recently completed a research project helping to develop a unique insurance product that encourages innovation and creativity among design and construction teams.
"When I was working in industry, I recognised the need for more collaborative processes. The best construction projects consist of teams who work well together and I want to harness this.
"This new insurance product insures everybody on the project as a whole team, thus developing more team-based ownership of responsibilities, allowing the team to share collectively in both the risk and the reward of what they produce. This collaboration unlocks the creative potential of the team and helps create the freedom required to be innovative.
"The University of Reading was the only academic partner in this research – we were involved from the very early stages and used an action research approach to work with the industry partners and the project client.
"It was very exciting seeing how the approach was adopted on a live project and I'm confident it will make a significant impact on how construction teams can work effectively together in the future."
Research that influences teaching
John's work on this new insurance product feeds directly into his teaching at Reading.
"Researchers get great satisfaction from developing new knowledge, and sharing an understanding about how we might improve the world we live in.
"This research has very much informed my teaching, both in terms of the challenges of introducing change and innovation in construction, as well as how we can improve effective collaboration and teamwork in construction.
"My lectures on procurement and construction management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels draw on this work to give students a sense of how construction really works, and how we can make it better for all involved. My students really enjoy it!"