Dr Illona Kusuma


I hold a PhD degree in Project Management - specifically focusing on the subjects of Organisational Culture and Collaborative Working in rail infrastructure projects operating under an alliancing agreement. The participating organisations included TfL and Network Rail. My research explored the dynamics and evolution of organisational culture throughout a project lifecycle to foster collaborative working and how this knowledge is learned and transferred to other projects to avoid 're-inventing the wheels'.

Apart from this, I also participated in other research works during my time at the University College London (UCL) focusing on Marketing and Project Business Development. Here, me and my colleagues at the time explored the long-term benefits of investing in social capitals such as building relationships and goodwill as part of a construction company's strategy and capability to secure future projects and build their portfolio. This research project have accumulated into a number of conference and journal paper publications as well as an international collaboration with Hong Kong University. During this time I was also involved in a market research project commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where we published a report called 'The Hub and The Place' under the RICS banner.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Construction Management and Engineering


  • PhD, Project Management, University College London, 2016
  • MSc, Project and Enterprise Management, 2011
  • BA (Hons), Business Management - Marketing, University of Westminster, 2010

Teaching and learning


  • Smyth, H., Duryan, M. and Kusuma, I. (2019), Service design for marketing in construction: Tactical implementation in the "business development management". Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 9 (1), pp. 87-99.
  • Smyth, H., Anvuur, A.M. and Kusuma, I. (2017) Integrated solutions for total asset management through "RIVANS". Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 7(1), pp. 5-18.
  • Kusuma, I. (2016) The evolution of culture-climate interplay in Temporary Multi-Organisations: the case of construction alliancing projects. Ph. D. University College London.
  • Research team member, 'The Hub and the Place'. A RICS research publication consisting of an international study of the processes and stimulants of large transport hubs and the effects of urban development in the UK, China and India. https://www.isurv.com/downloads/download/2101/the_hub_and_the_place_rics
  • Smyth, H.J. and Kusuma, I. (2015) The extent of integration along the front-end of the project lifecycle: a marketing perspective on two major contractors, paper presented at the 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization, 28th - 29th May 2015, Tampere, Finland.
  • Kusuma, I. (2014) The cultural ecosystem of megaprojects: the interconnectedness of organisational elements and their wider institutional contexts. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 3(2), pp. 82-97.
  • Smyth, H.J. and Kusuma, I. (2013) The interplay of organisational culture with business development for the TMO: service (in)coherence and the implications for marketing, paper presented at the CIB World Congress 2013, 5th-9th May, Brisbane, Australia.

Areas of specialism

  • The Management of Projects
  • Organisational Culture
  • Project Marketing