A Framework for Identifying Key Decision Makers for Institutional Owner Capital Projects

By Sushil Shenoy, Annie Pearce, Michael Garvin and Chris Fiori.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Identifying key decision makers is important for understanding the capital project delivery process for public sector institutional owners. The US Federal Government spends $40 billion dollars a year maintaining its facility portfolio. As a result of the size of investment and current economic conditions, the government and other institutional owners are facing increased pressure to optimize their investment in their portfolios. Sustainable design offers a way for owners to optimize their investments by minimizing the total life-cycle ownership cost of a facility. Many tools are available to aid institutional owners in this task; however, most do not take into account non-rational behavior since they apply a strict rational logic. In order to develop tools that take non-rational behavior into account, a framework needs to be developed for identifying which actors are worth studying or modeling. This research seeks to fill this gap by developing and applying a framework for public sector institutional owners to find their key decision makers.

Keywords: Capital Project Management, Decision Maker Identification, Institutional Owner, Sustainable Design

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.123-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.374MB).

Sushil Shenoy

Graduate Research Assistant, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

SUSHIL B. SHENOY recently completed his master’s degree at Virginia Tech. He is a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council.

Dr. Annie Pearce

Assistant Professor, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

ANNIE R. PEARCE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building Construction, Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech specializing in sustainable facilities and infrastructure systems. Her specific areas of interest include metrics of sustainability for built facilities, green building materials and systems, cost modeling to support sustainability implementation, and in situ performance of sustainable facility technologies. She has a B.S. Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, and M.S. and Ph.D. Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Dr. Michael Garvin

Associate Professor, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

MICHAEL J. GARVIN is an Associate Professor in the Myers- Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. His research and teaching focuses on the programming, financing, and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects. He has a particular interest in the structure and effectiveness of infrastructure public-private partnerships. He received a B.S. Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy and MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Chris Fiori

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

CHRISTINE M. FIORI is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. Her research and teaching focus on engineering pedagogy, service learning, construction materials and equipment, construction safety, and geotechnical engineering. She has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Drexel University.

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