Developing an entrepreneurial project management framework for the construction industry

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The ever-increasing pace of change and the ‘new competitive landscape’ created by COVID-19 have made the entrepreneurial mindset a must-have characteristic for all managers to sustain innovation and dynamic capabilities. Entrepreneurial project management has become a tool for carrying out organisational strategies and, in many cases, the framework for operationalizing core business activities. However, there are currently no frameworks for applying entrepreneurial project management in the construction industry where more than 70% of project managers report being burdened by the bureaucracy of project management processes, making them agents of paper and form in a bureaucracy, rather than advocates of creativity and innovation in an entrepreneurial organisation.

This project focuses on the construction industry in Tasmania, which contributes $1.249 billion annually to the Tasmanian economy, representing 5.8% of gross state product. Drawing upon evidence from multiple lines of investigation (including literature review, document analysis, focus group discussions, case studies of Tasmanian construction firms, and key industry stakeholder interviews), the successful candidate will develop a framework (conceptual model) of entrepreneurial project management that facilitates the dynamic capabilities of an innovative and entrepreneurial organisation.

The framework developed in this project will synthesise insights from the research to identify how project managers in Tasmania and elsewhere can foster creativity and innovation for the long-term sustainability of dynamic construction firms.

Supervisors:  Dr Desmond Ayentimi, Dr Kevin Swartz

Primary Supervisor

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Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Desmond Ayentimi to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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