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A REAL ORGANISATION UNIT SIMULATED AS LIFE

 

Peter Lansley, MBE, BSc, MSc, PhD, MCIOB, FCOT
Professor Emeritus of Construction Management, The University of Reading

Peter Lansley is actively involved with:
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 - the development of construction organisations, largely through the activities of Management Reality, an international management consulting and training organisation which he established in 1984;

 - research concerned with meeting the needs of older people and an ageing population, especially those issues which have a built environment dimension.

Currently he is a Trustee of the Dunhill Medical Trust, and member of advisory committees for several research programmes and research institutes, some of which he chairs. In 2012 he completed four years as International Member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen in the 2014 New Year's Honours List.

Employment History

Peter joined the University of Reading in 1984 as Reader in Management Studies after 14 years as Director of Building Industry Research at Ashridge Management College. He was appointed Professor of Construction Management in 1990 and Professor Emeritus in September 2011. Between 1988 and 1998 he was Head of the Department of Construction Management & Engineering; Dean of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies; and Pro Vice-Chancellor.

In 1997 he became heavily engaged in establishing national research and development initiatives to meet the needs of older people and physically, sensory and mentally impaired people, working with the Continuing Care Conference, Research into Ageing and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), for which he chaired its EQUAL (Extending Quality Life) Awards Committee, proposed and directed the EQUAL and SPARC Research Networks and, at the request of EPSRC, co-directed KT-EQUAL. A large part of these activities are concerned with the design of the built environment and consumer products and with the experiences of the end user. Other activities have included convening, designing and directing advanced brain-storming activities including an EPSRC Ideas Factory/Sand Pit on Mobile Health Care: Taking Care to the Patient. More recently he has had a significant involvement with two major ageing research programmes supported by the UK Research Councils - NDA (New Dynamics of Ageing) and LLHW (Life Long Health & Wellbeing).

Professional History

Since 1972 Peter has been involved in helping construction firms improve their performance through research, consulting and management training, and in advising national and international companies on organisational and management development issues. In 1997 he became closely involved with initiatives to raise the profile of the needs of older and disabled people, and developing research programmes to meet these needs. 

He has been consulted frequently by governments on the evaluation and assessment of research and innovation programmes and has provided written and oral evidence to a number of UK parliamentary committees, most recently concerned with the health of the working population, research into ageing and the organisation of care services in later life.

Peter has served on the Innovation and Research Committee and Recognition of Awards Division of CIOB, has been involved with the Management Charter Initiative (MCI), with CIRIA (for which he chaired a study of the value of higher degree courses to the construction industry), with HVCA (chairing an enquiry into the future of apprentice training), with the International Council for Building Research and Documentation (CIB), for which he served on the Main Board and Programme Committee for 12 years, and for 16 years was a trustee of the College of Estate Management (a leading international provider of education for the construction and property professions).  He was a member of the UK 1996 and 2001 UK RAE assessment panels and has been a HEFCE subject specialist for courses in Building and related areas. He has published over 300 books, papers and articles, largely concerned with human and organisational performance in the construction industry and with innovation and bridging the gap between research and practice, most recently in relation to ageing and disability.  VIEW PUBLICATION LIST

Peter Lansley is one of the few academics to have received a major innovation award, in this case for the development of the internationally acclaimed AROUSAL system. He has also received awards for his other work, in the fields of innovation and inclusive design, as well as for championing the role of the occupational therapist.

Peter's early career includes working in the telecommunications and construction industries and as a biometrician for the Agricultural Research Council. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Statistics and Construction Management.