My name is Leentje Volker and I am a Professor of Integrated Project Delivery at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. As an academic in the field of construction management of civil engineering, I focus on the realisation and maintenance of infrastructure assets in networks or systems. This includes procurement and contracting of social and economical infrastructure, project organising and project management, collaboration between public and private partners, and strategic asset management decisions.
Intrigued by interaction between people and the built environment, my aim is to connect individual, organisational and institutional products and processes and stimulate integration and innovation in the construction industry. I have a co-creative and qualitative multidisciplinairy research approach which lead to interesting and innovative results that bridge the gap between theory and practice.
For me the key to adding societal value is developing and sharing knowledge together. Will you join me? Feel free to drop by at the Horst building office Z226 or send me an email.
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TNO Unit Bouw, infra en Maritiem
I believe that value can be created for the complete construction ecosystem by explicating the tensions and dilemmas between fragmentation and integration, formal and informal rules, legal and social systems. Therefore I find it particularly important to exploit the exploration and explore the exploitation in construction processes.
Most of my research is related to: procurement and contracting of civil infrastructure, project organising and construction management, strategic asset management processes, collaboration between public and private partners in the construction industry, developing innovation and governing business ecosystems, and business models design.
I have a co-creative and qualitative multidisciplinary research approach which leads to interesting and innovative results that bridge the gap between theory and practice. Most of my research data is collected through interviews, (participant) observation, workshops, serious gaming, or surveys, often in engaged scholarship with practitioners.