Indra Gunawan

Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

Associate Professor

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Indra Gunawan is Associate Professor in Complex Project Management and Program Director of Postgraduate Project Management in the Adelaide Business School, Faculty of the Professions, the University of Adelaide.

He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and MSc in Construction Management from Northeastern University, USA. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, he was the postgraduate program coordinator for Maintenance and Reliability Engineering at Monash University. Previously he has also taught in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and worked as the Head of Systems Engineering and Management program at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (in collaboration with the MIT, USA).

His current research interests include system reliability modelling, maintenance optimisation, project management, applications of operations research, and operations management. He is actively involved in the Asset Management Council, a technical society of Engineers Australia.

Indra's work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Project Management; International Journal of Production Research; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering; Quality and Reliability Engineering International; International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; and International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.

He also serves as an Editorial Board member for International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; International Journal of Information Technology Project Management; and International Journal of Performability Engineering.

Indra's current research interests include:

  • Applications of system approaches in complex project management.
  • Analysis of system maintenance and reliability.
  • Implementation of system dynamics in critical infrastructures.
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - 2020 Discipline Head of Management University of Adelaide
    2016 Program Director of Postgraduate Project Management The University of Adelaide
    2016 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Coordinator for Postgraduate Programs in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering Monash University
    2006 - 2010 Senior Lecturer Auckland University of Technology
    2003 - 2006 Head of Systems Engineering and Management Malaysia University of Science and Technology
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Emerald Literati Awards - Highly Commended Paper Emerald United Kingdom
    2019 Fellowship Fellow, International Society of Engineering Asset Management International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM) Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1998 - 2002 Northeastern University United States PhD in Industrial Engineering
    1997 - 1998 Northeastern University United States Master in Construction Management
    1992 - 1996 Parahyangan University Indonesia B Eng
  • Research Interests

  • Designing Reliable Humanitarian Response Operation Based on Anticipatory FMEA and Axiomatic Design”, International Research Collaboration and Scientific Publication, Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE), Indonesian Ministry of Education, 2019-2021.
  • Integrating FMEA and Bowtie Diagram for Preventing Fragility in Disaster Relief Supply Chain”, International Research Collaboration and Scientific Publication, Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE), Indonesian Ministry of Education, 2019.
  • Predicting International Visitors’ Interest in Adelaide’s Festival”, Internal Research Funds, The University of Adelaide, 2017.
  • “Impact Driven Risk Management of Business Critical Black Swan Events”, Grant Development Fund, The University of Adelaide, 2016.
  • Enhancement of Modified FMEA to Support Green Centered Maintenance”, International Research Collaboration and Scientific Publication, Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE), Indonesian Ministry of Education, 2015-2017.
  • “Optimisation of Post Combustion Capture (PCC) plant operation in Australian coal fired power stations to minimise loss and environmental impact”, CSIRO and Energy Australia, 2012-2014.
  • Analysis of Education and Practical Relevance of Project Management in New Zealand”, Auckland University of Technology, Faculty Contestable Research Grant, 2010.
  • “Reliability Evaluation of Interconnection Network Systems”, Auckland University of Technology, Faculty Contestable Research Grant, Research Grant No. CRG07/13, 2007-2008.
  • “Design and Analysis of Reliable Multistage Interconnection Network Systems”, Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) Grant, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation Malaysia, IRPA Grant No. 04-99-06-10003 EAR, 2004-2006.
  • “A Comparative Productivity Study of Pre-Cast vs. Conventional Cast-In-Situ Building in Nilai and Kedah”, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, CIDB Grant No. LPIPM: PT/UTB/06/02-8 (01), 2004.
  • “Catalogue of Existing Structural Steel, Prefabricated Timber, and Metal Formworks Manufacturers in the Malaysian Market”, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, CIDB Grant No. LPIPM: PT/UTB/06/02-5 (5), 2003-2004.
  • Systems Design for Projects
  • Complex Project Management
  • Systems Thinking and Projects
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Impact of natural disasters including health pandemics affecting sustained development of infrastructure projects putting economies on the brink: Identifying challenges and evolving strategies to prevent cost and schedule overruns. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Naresh Gupta
    2021 Principal Supervisor Complex System of Disaster Response Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yuan Chai
    2020 Principal Supervisor Managing risk transfer in the development and operational deployment of complex, socio-technical systems. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Benjamin Samuel Luther
    2019 Co-Supervisor Development of an integrated framework for constructive conflict management in infrastructure public-private partnership projects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Leah Musenero
    2019 Co-Supervisor An Investigation into Project Performance Towards Organisational Maturity and Improvement: Precast Concrete Manufacturing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Sean Thomas O'Gorman
    2018 Co-Supervisor Necessity of Soft Skills in Project Managers and its Contribution to their Project(s) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Richa Gulati
    2018 Principal Supervisor Exploring the Factors that have an Impact on the Implementation of Industry 4.0 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christian Hoyer
    2018 Principal Supervisor Analysis of Poverty Alleviation Project Sustainability: A System Approach (Case Study of Rural Community Project in Indonesia) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nurchasanah .
    2017 Principal Supervisor Analysing and Modelling Behaviours, Processes and Performance Implications of Human Team Interaction with Autonomous System/s (Driverless Vehicle) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Luke Samuel Richardson
    2017 Co-Supervisor An Asset Lifecycle Decision Support Model with Application to the Water Utility Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Neda Gorjian Jolfaei
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Designing a Stakeholder-Centric Framework for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Transport Infrastructure Projects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Van Tiep Nguyen
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor A Complex System Approach to Reliability Analysis of Water Distribution Networks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ashkan Zarghami
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Member World Congress on Engineering Asset Management International Society of Engineering Asset Management Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) Society United States
    2015 - ongoing Member IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management IEEE Singapore
    2012 - ongoing Member Operations Research and Statistics Conference Operations Research and Statistics Society Singapore
    2011 - ongoing Member Asset Management Council AMPEAK Conference Asset Management Council Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Project Management Institute United States
    2011 - ongoing Asset Management Council, Engineers Australia Australia
    2011 - ongoing Australasian Association for Engineering Education Australia
    2006 - ongoing Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand New Zealand
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2007 - ongoing Editor International Journal of Project Organisation and Management
    2007 - ongoing Editor International Journal of Information Technology Project Management
    2007 - ongoing Editor International Journal of Performability Engineering
    2007 - ongoing Editor The Association for Industry, Engineering and Management Systems
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83133255
  • Email: indra.gunawan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4368
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 10
  • Room: 10 24
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Business School

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