About Dr Li Liu

Dr. Liu has one decade of working experience in systems engineering, project management, business research, management consulting and managing an E-com company. His main research interests are: organisational project management and the economic modeling of infrastructure projects.

Dr. Li Liu is currently a senior lecturer in Project Management, the University of Sydney. He has a PhD degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). He also has a Master’s degree in Taxation (Usyd), a MBA (AIT) and a BE (NUTD).

Dr. Liu has one decade of working experience in systems engineering, project management, business research, management consulting and managing an E-com company. His research interests include:

  • enterprise-level project management,
  • IT/IS project management,
  • organizational theory,
  • programme/portfolio management, and
  • project/programme governance.
He teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The courses he taught include Managing Project-Oriented Organization, Project Portfolio and Programme Management, Strategic Project Management, Project Formulation, IT project management and Business Information Systems.He has published in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Project Management Journal and other international Journals, INSEAD, and a number of international conferences including PMI Research Conference and International Conference for Information Systems.His main objectives are to understand - what and how senior management can contribute to effective project management, the drivers for the persistent cost overrun and revenue over-estimation as well as to develop practical ways of modeling the economic outcomes of infrastructure projects.  

His consulting assignments include advising on establishing project management system for a communication equipment supplier in china, and training a number of delegations from china. He is the advisor for Project Engineering and Management (Civil) students and is on the School’s committees of IT and T&L, respectively. Dr Liu reviewed submissions to a number of conferences, Journals (including Journal of Information Technology) and ARC discovery grant.

Selected publications

  • Napier, Z. and Liu, L. “The predictive validity & performance drivers of risk-based estimating -case studies of Australian water infrastructure projects”. Proceedings of Project Management Institute Research Conference 2008, Warsaw, Poland, 13-16 July 2008
  • Kong, X., L. Liu and D. Lowe (2007) “A Web System Trace Model and Its Application to Web Design”, Journal of Digital Information, 8 (1).
  • Liu, L. and Zhu, K.(2007) “A Stage-By-Stage Factor Control Framework for Cost Estimation of Construction Projects”. ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 133, No. 1, pp. 91-95.
  • Liu, L and P. Yetton, (2007) “The Contingent Effects on Project Performance of Conducting Project Reviews and Deploying Project Management Offices”. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 54 (4): 789-799.
  • Liu, L and P. Yetton, (Accepted in June 2006) "The Contingent Effects on Project Performance of Conducting Project Reviews and Deploying Project Management Offices". IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.
  • L. Liu and Zhu, K.(Accepted on 8 Feb. 2006) "A Stage-By-Stage Factor Control Framework for Cost Estimation of Construction Projects". ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
  • X. Kong, L. Liu and D. Lowe (Accepted in March 2006) "A Web System Trace Model and Its Application to Web Design", Journal of Digital Information.
  • Kong, X., Liu, L. & Lowe, D. (2005) "Separation of Concerns: a Web Application Architecture Framework", Journal of Digital Information, Volume 6, Issue 2, Article No. 332, 2005-04-05.
  • Liu, L. and Yetton, P. (2005) "The contingent effects of project governance mechanisms on the level of control and project delivery capability-Evidence from the construction and IT services industries" in Frontiers of Project Management Research: State-of-The-Art-2004, ed. Dennis Slevin, Jeffrey Pinto and David Cleland, Project Management Institute, 2004, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States of America.
  • Liu, L. and P. Yetton (2004) "The contingent effects of project governance mechanisms on the level of control and project delivery capability-Evidence from the construction and IT services industries" in Innovations-Project Management Research 2004, ed. Dennis Slevin, Jeffrey Pinto and David Cleland, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States of America. (17 pages)
  • X. Kong, L. Liu and D. Lowe (2004) "Critical Feature Method - A Lightweight Web Maintenance Methodology for SMEs", Journal of Digital Information, 5(2): Article No. 278, 2004-08-10.
  • Sauer, C., Liu, L. and Johnston K. (2001) "Where Project Managers are Kings-How the construction industry’s focus on organizing and managing project management at the enterprise level can help the IT industry improve its project performance" Project Management Journal, Vol. 43, 12, pp. 1 - 18.
  • Liu, Li and Turcq, D. (1994) "The Second Stage Expressway System (SES) in Bangkok". Case reference No.395-098-1, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, Cedex, France.