The professional body for whole life management of physical assets

Queensland University of Technology

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in conjunction with the Cooperative Research Centre for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) are working together to develop:

• A Career Framework that identifies the key roles and relevant knowledge and skills for key levels of asset management across different industry sectors and at different organizational levels; and

• A self report inventory to facilitate the identification of development areas to be addressed to facilitate career progression and succession planning within individual and organizations levels in asset management.

This work is part of CIEAM’s Sustainability and Organizational Performance research program which is dedicated to optimizing performance, transforming the interface between people-based and technology-based management, and establishing sustainability as a key management program in asset-intensive industries.

To date, the project has assessed employees from two asset intensive organizations about their skills, the competencies utilized in performing their jobs, and the path they have taken to arrive at their current role. The current phase of the project seeks to validate and extend the preliminary findings from those interviews as well as measure constructs related to training and development using an online survey aimed at all Engineering Asset Management employees.

About the survey

The survey consists of a self-report questionnaire accessible via an internet link and includes questions about the individual employee and the organization/industry in which they work on topics such as role competencies and skills, career progression and prospects, learning culture and workplace attitudes. Filling the questionnaire involves rating sets of statements, selecting from a set of options or filling in a blank, and writing out answers to open questions. It is expected that the questionnaire will take approximately 20 for completion. Participation by individuals in the survey is voluntary and all survey comments and responses will remain anonymous, as the names of individual persons or organizations are not required. The anonymous on-line nature of the survey requires that the return of the completed questionnaire will be accepted as an indication of consent to participate and will preclude withdrawal of participation.

How you can help

Central to achieving the objectives of this project is the input of those who are working in the area of asset management. For this reason, selected organizations are being asked to collaborate in this second phase of the research project by making the survey available to personnel in their organisation’s asset management function and supporting its completion. This would involve forwarding an email from the research team to relevant employees that would include a description of the project, conditions of participation, such as anonymity and confidentiality, and a link to the survey. Participation by your organisation in this second phase of the project is entirely voluntary. Your decision to participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT or with the CRC for Infrastructure Engineering Asset Management.

Benefits of participation

Organizations who participate in the survey will receive a report of the findings on topic areas addressed in the survey that will offer insight into the nature of asset management roles and associated competencies; additional skills or knowledge required to perform those roles; attitudes and beliefs about career progression in engineering asset management occupations; and the importance of a culture of learning.

Questions / further information about the project Please contact the researcher team leaders below if you would like to have any questions answered or if you require further information about the project.

Assoc Prof Cameron Newton, School of Management

Phone: 07 3138 2523 / Email:

Concerns / complaints regarding the conduct of the project

QUT is committed to researcher integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Unit on +61 7 3138 5123 or email The Research Ethics Unit is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

(Please note: The Survey is not part of the IAM's research. Any information submitted is not seen or held by the IAM) 

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