Imperial College London

ProfessorJenniferWhyte

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Laing O'Rourke/RAEng Chair in Systems Integration
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 9245j.whyte Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Mr Tim Gordon +44 (0)20 7594 5031

 
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Location

 

436Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

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Whyte J, 2011, Managing digital coordination of design: emerging hybrid practices in an institutionalized project setting, Engineering Project Organization Journal, Vol: 1, Pages: 159-168, ISSN: 2157-3727

Journal article

Whyte J, Levitt R, 2011, Information Management and the Management of Projects, The Oxford Handbook of Project Management, ISBN: 9780199563142

© Oxford University Press 2011. All rights reserved. This article argues that emerging digital technologies are enabling new forms of project management in project-based industries. The 1960s project management approach originated in the mature project-based industries of petrochemicals, military, advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, buildings, and infrastructure. This approach, which is termed "Project Management 1.0" (PM 1.0), evolved to manage small numbers of large, complex projects in business and regulatory environments that were relatively stable by today's standards. It involves detailed up-front planning, using multiple layers of hierarchical work breakdown structures. It then manages these projects by tracking and eliminating variance from plans. The approach is alive and well in some of those same industries, and has been greatly enhanced by widespread use of digital technologies for planning, visualization, communication, procurement, logistics, and other functions. However, there are important ways in which the use of information technology begins to challenge this traditional project management approach.

Book chapter

Whyte J, Sexton M, 2011, Motivations for innovation in the built environment: new directions for research, BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION, Vol: 39, Pages: 473-482, ISSN: 0961-3218

Journal article

Whyte J, Lobo S, 2010, Coordination and control in project-based work: Digital objects and infrastructures for delivery, Construction Management and Economics, Vol: 28, Pages: 557-567, ISSN: 0144-6193

A major infrastructure project is used to investigate the role of digital objects in the coordination of engineering design work. From a practice-based perspective, research emphasizes objects as important in enabling cooperative knowledge work and knowledge sharing. The term 'boundary object' has become used in the analysis of mutual and reciprocal knowledge sharing around physical and digital objects. The aim is to extend this work by analysing the introduction of an extranet into the public-private partnership project used to construct a new motorway. Multiple categories of digital objects are mobilized in coordination across heterogeneous, cross-organizational groups. The main findings are that digital objects provide mechanisms for accountability and control, as well as for mutual and reciprocal knowledge sharing; and that different types of objects are nested, forming a digital infrastructure for project delivery. Reconceptualizing boundary objects as a digital infrastructure for delivery has practical implications for management practices on large projects and for the use of digital tools, such as building information models, in construction. It provides a starting point for future research into the changing nature of digitally enabled coordination in project-based work. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Journal article

Harty C, Whyte J, 2010, Emerging Hybrid Practices in Construction Design Work: Role of Mixed Media, JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE, Vol: 136, Pages: 468-476, ISSN: 0733-9364

Journal article

Whyte JK, Cardellino P, 2010, Learning by Design: Visual Practices and Organizational Transformation in Schools, DESIGN ISSUES, Vol: 26, Pages: 59-69, ISSN: 0747-9360

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Whyte J, Ewenstein B, Hales M, Tidd Jet al., 2008, Visualizing knowledge in project-based work, LONG RANGE PLANNING, Vol: 41, Pages: 74-92, ISSN: 0024-6301

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Coopmans C, Whyte J, 2007, Digital tools, complex projects and playful engineering, Structural Engineer, Vol: 85, Pages: 16-18, ISSN: 1466-5123

The research project 'Playful Engineering' investigates how digital software tools, such as digital databases, enable innovation in an organization. the project is conducted in collaboration with a number of engineering and science-based companies and carried out within the Innovation Studies Center at Tanaka Business School, Imperial college, London. These digital tools can help engineers and scientists predict the real-world outcomes of a range of alternative solutions and compare them relatively. Digital tools can be used to optimize the processes. The project combines interviewing, observational fieldwork, and document analysis to develop. Visual scheduling packages that take into account multiple streams of information can test various execution strategies with many interdependencies, such as Heathrow Terminal 5, the intergravity quality of digital tools.

Journal article

Ewenstein B, Whyte J, 2007, Beyond words: Aesthetic knowledge and knowing in organizations, ORGANIZATION STUDIES, Vol: 28, Pages: 689-708, ISSN: 0170-8406

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Whyte J, 2007, The Oxford handbook of innovation, ORGANIZATION STUDIES, Vol: 28, Pages: 589-593, ISSN: 0170-8406

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Whyte JK, Ewenstein B, 2007, Visual practices and the built environment, Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

Other

Whyte JK, Ewenstein B, Hales M, Tidd Jet al., 2007, Visual practices and the objects used in design, Building Research and Information, Vol: 35, Pages: 18-27

Journal article

Ewenstein B, Whyte JK, 2007, Visual representations as ‘artefacts of knowing’, Building Research and Information, Vol: 35, Pages: 81-89

Journal article

Whyte J, 2007, Evolutionary theories and design practices, Design Issues, Vol: 23, Pages: 46-54

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Whyte JK, Ewenstein B, 2007, Editorial: Visual practices and the built environment, Building Research and Information, Vol: 35, Pages: 3-5

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Steen J, Coopmans C, Whyte J, 2006, Structure and agency? Actor-network theory and strategic organization, Strategic Organization, Vol: 4, Pages: 303-312, ISSN: 1476-1270

Journal article

Bouchlaghem D, Shang HP, Whyte J, Ganah Aet al., 2005, Visualisation in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, Vol: 14, Pages: 287-295, ISSN: 0926-5805

Journal article

Whyte J, 2005, How engineers innovate and learn, Structural Engineer, Vol: 83, ISSN: 1466-5123

The techniques for using glass as a structural material are developed by engineers and wider understandings of industrial innovation in the 21st century are improved. Structural engineers are active in developing and transferring latest techniques and technologies. They use their deep technical knowledge of engineering and also bridge across multiple worlds, collaborating with fabricators, architects and clients. The engineers have a central concern with managing risk, seeking out and understanding potential sources of failure and their consequences.

Journal article

Soutter JK, Whyte JK, 2005, Making sense of it all: implementing an emerging KM technology within the organisation, International Journal of Information Technology and Management, Vol: 4, Pages: 308-320, ISSN: 1461-4111

Journal article

Ewenstein B, Whyte JK, 2005, Knowledge practices in design: the role of visual representations as 'epistemic objects'

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Gann DM, Salter AJ, Whyte JK, 2003, Design Quality Indicator as a tool for thinking, BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION, Vol: 31, Pages: 318-333, ISSN: 0961-3218

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Whyte JK, Gann DM, 2003, Design Quality Indicators: work in progress, BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION, Vol: 31, Pages: 387-398, ISSN: 0961-3218

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Whyte J, 2003, Industrial applications of virtual reality in architecture and construction, Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, Vol: 8, Pages: 43-50, ISSN: 1400-6529

This paper reports on a study of industrial applications of virtual reality in USA and UK construction. A multiple case study approach is taken and eleven organizations that are lead users of the technology are studied. Their strategies and business drivers for the use of virtual reality are identified and emerging patterns of use are explored. The study finds early adopters focusing on the use of virtual reality for either systems integration, supporting the customer interface or developing new markets. The business drivers for implementing and using virtual reality include demonstrating technical competence, design review, simulating dynamic operation, co-ordinating detail design, scheduling construction and marketing. Those organizations using virtual reality in the architectural design and construction of the physical built environment sharply differentiate models created for professional use within the project team and supply chain and those for wider interactions. The size of their projects and the extent to which design is re-used may affect strategies for implementing and using virtual reality and the business benefits obtained. In previous work, virtual reality is seen as a universal interface to all construction applications. However the findings of this study suggest a more complex story, with a range of strategies and business drivers potentially leading to competing design families.

Journal article

Whyte JK, Davies A, Salter AJ, Gann DMet al., 2003, Designing to compete: lessons from Millennium product winners, Design Studies, Vol: 24, Pages: 395-409, ISSN: 0142-694X

Journal article

Gann DM, Whyte JK, 2003, Design quality, its measurement and management in the built environment, Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Other

Whyte J, 2003, Innovation and users: virtual reality in the construction sector, Construction Management & Economics, Vol: 21, Pages: 565-572, ISSN: 0144-6193

Journal article

Gann DM, Whyte JK, 2003, Design quality, its measurement and management in the built environment, Building Research & Information, Vol: 31, Pages: 314-4 pages, ISSN: 0961-3218

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Whyte JK, Davies A, Salter AJ, Gann DMet al., 2003, Designing to compete: lessons from Millennium product winners, Design Studies, Vol: 24, Pages: 395-409, ISSN: 0142-694X

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Whyte J, Bouchlaghem D, Thorpe T, 2002, IT implementation in the construction organization, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, Vol: 9, Pages: 371-377, ISSN: 0969-9988

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Whyte J, Bouchlaghem D, 2002, Implementation of VR systems: A comparison between the early adoption of CAD and current uptake of VR, Construction Innovation, Vol: 2, Pages: 3-13, ISSN: 1471-4175

Use of new technologies, such as virtual reality (VR), is important to corporations, yet understanding of their successful implementation is insufficiently developed. In this paper a case study is used to analyse the introduction of VR use in a British housebuilding company. Although the implementation was not successful in the manner initially anticipated, the study provides insight into the process of change, the constraints that inhibit implementation and the relationship between new technology and work organization. Comparison is made with the early use of CAD and similarities and differences between empirical findings of the case study and the previous literature are discussed. © 2002, MCB UP Limited

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