Ifonima Essien

B.E.S. B.Arch MSc

Ifonima is currently pursuing his PhD on a 3 year scholarship awarded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund/University of Uyo, Nigeria and supervised by Professor Joseph Handibry Mbatu Tah and Dr. Ramin Keivani as second supervisor. He holds 2 masters degrees in Architecture (1998) and Project Management Technology (2010) from the University of Lagos and Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria respectively.

Prior to joining Oxford Brookes in January 2013 he had gained extensive work experience in both the construction industry and academia. In 2000 he started his professional career in architecture practise with a specialisation in project management and later joined the University of Uyo, Nigeria as a member of the teaching staff. His motivations for the PhD research are informed by inadequacies identified through these diverse experiences.

His research focuses on exploring the influence of the complexity of the external environment of construction systems on building construction performance in Lagos, Nigeria. Construction projects the world over continue to fail to achieve project objectives as set out at inception and much of the blame is attributed to environmental factors, which are outside the control of practitioners. Evidently, developing countries possess very complex and dynamic external environments which impact the outcomes and outputs of construction endeavours.

Therefore, this study seeks to develop a conceptual framework for evaluating the extent of these environmental influences on building projects and proffer methods for operationalizing pragmatic responses. Furthermore, critical success factors for successful implementation of building construction projects in emergent, self-organizing and non-linear environments will be explored in the Construction Project Management context.

This research work had received the MPhil/PhD registration in June 2013 and University Research Ethics Committee full approval in December 2013. He is currently collecting data by conducting interviews with leaders in the construction industry of Lagos, Nigeria. It is hoped that the results of this study will contribute knowledge for developing building construction projects into learning and complex adaptive organisation which can respond favourably to environmental forces for improved building construction delivery.