Dr Gao Shang joined the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in Construction Management in 2017. He coordinates and teaches courses of Risk in Construction, and Measurement of Building Works at the postgraduate level.
As a researcher, Dr Gao has diverse research interests in construction management with a focus on Lean Construction. He first encountered the concept of “Lean” in 2006 at Loughborough University when he was doing an MSc in Construction Management. He then relocated to Singapore to pursue his PhD with Professor Low Sui Pheng at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and was awarded his doctorate for his work on establishing an implementation framework of the Toyota Way for large construction firms in China. He is the co-author of Lean Construction Management – the Toyota Way, which is the first book ever published to address the Toyota Way practices in the construction industry to achieve lean construction management. Dr Gao is also on the Editorial Panel for Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law.
Before joining UoM, Gao Shang was a Lecturer and Programme Coordinator for the Construction Management (Building) degree of the University of Newcastle, Australia (Singapore campus) where he taught many subjects. Dr Gao was also appointed as an adjunct faculty member to SIM University and BCA Academy, and developed the Building & Construction Authority Academy’s (BCA) Special Diploma in Lean Construction for senior building professionals in Singapore, which aims to equip industry practitioners with the knowledge of lean principles and methods for higher productivity. He has also served as consultant to large construction firms in China and Singapore.
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Lean facilities management: preliminary findings from Singapore's international schools
The Impact of lean construction on construction labour productivity: a systematic review
Future-ready project and facility management graduates in Singapore for industry 4.0 Trans..
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Future-ready project and facility management graduates in Singapore for industry 4.0 Transforming mindsets and competencies
Sui Pheng Low, Shang Gao, Eileen Wan Leng Ng
Journal article | 2019 | Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Purpose The disparity between employers’ expectations and the ability of graduates to meet them is an issue for employment. Indust..
Can we really measure construction productivity?
Toong-Khuan Chan, Shang Gao
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2019 - Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference
Recent studies have highlighted that productivity growth for the construction industry have remained stubbornly low or have declin..
Bridging Western management theories and Japanese management practices: case of the Toyota Way model
Low Sui Pheng, Gao Shang
Journal article | 2011 | Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies
Subject areaManufacturing, Western management theories and Japanese management practices.Student level/applicabilityThis case can ..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Lecturer In Construction Management
Architecture, Building And Planning
National University of Singapore
Construction & Engineering Management
Zhejiang GongShang University