Dr Shamil Naoum

Dr Shamil Naoum

Senior Lecturer
Job title:
Senior Lecturer
Higher qualifications:

BSc (University of Technology, Baghdad), MSc (Aston University, Birmingham, UK), PhD (Brunel University, UK)

Professional organisations:
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)


Prior to joining the University of West London, Dr Shamil Naoum was a senior lecturer at London South Bank University for 26 years. He received a bachelor of science in Building and Construction engineering from the University of Technology in Baghdad, a Master of Science in Construction Management and economics from Aston University in Birmingham and a PhD in Construction Management from Brunel University.

Before beginning his academic career, he worked in the construction industry as a site manager and project manager. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Dr Naoum has a considerable research experience in construction project management related areas such procurement methods, productivity and organisational behaviour. In addition to supervising BSc and MSc dissertations, Dr Naoum works with PhD students researching construction management problems.

During his academic career, Dr Naoum Has published papers in many international conferences and a diverse group of scholarly journals including: American Society of Civil Engineers (USA); International Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (UK); Journal of project Management (UK); International Journal of managing project for Business (Australia), International Journal of Productivity and performance management (UK); and the Chartered Institute of Building (UK).

Research and scholarly output:


Naoum, S., Dissertation Research and Writing for Construction Students. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, ISBN 0750629886.

  • First edition in Feb 1998. (202 pages)
  • Second edition in July 2007 (209 pages)
  • Third edition in July 2013

Naoum, S., People and Organisational Management in Construction. Thomas Telford Publishers, London,.ISBN 978-0-7277-4151-6,

  • First edition in February 2001 (298 pages)
  • Second edition in May 2011 (301 pages)
Chapter in book

Naoum, S. “Productivity in Construction Projects.” Chapter 7, pp

93-104, in Robinson, H. et al “Design Economics for the Built

Environment , 2015, Wiley- Blackwell publishers.

ISBN 9780470659090

Professional Report

Naoum, S., "Procurement Methods and Project Performance." Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Occasional Paper No.45, ISBN 1 85380, 37 pages, 1999.

Journal articles

Naoum, S. "Factors influencing labor productivity on construction sites. A state-of-the-art literature review and a survey". International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Volume 65, Issue 3, March 2016.

Naoum, S. and Egbu, C. "Modern selection criteria for procurement methods in construction. A state-of-the-art literature review and a survey.” International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Issue 3/4, April 2016.

Naoum, S., Alyousif, A., Atkinson, A., “The impact of national culture on the management practices of construction projects in the United Arab Emirates”. ASCE.

J. Manage. Eng., (2015), 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000265, 04014057.

Haidar, A. and Naoum, S., "Optimization using Expert System and Genetic Algorithm." American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Construction, Engineering and Management, 2003, 10, pp 61-67, ISBN 0-7844-0088-1.

Naoum, S. “An overview into the concept of Partnering.” International Journal of Project Management, Volume 21, Issue 1, Pages 71-76 (January 2003).

Naoum, S., Walker, G. “Factors influencing success of large infrastructure projects – The case of Rail track Engineering projects.” International Journal of Project management,  2002.

Naoum, S. and Haidar, A., Howes, R. & Tah, J. "Genetic Algorithms application and testing for equipment selection.” Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, August 1999, Volume 125, No. 1, Jan. – Feb., pp 32 -38.

Haidar, A. and Naoum, S., "Equipment selection using genetic algorithms." International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment, Vol.10, July1996, pp 61-67.

Sawacha, E. and Naoum, S., "Factors affecting safety performance in Construction." International Journal of Project Management. Vol. 17, Nr. 5 Elsevier (1999), pp. 309-315.

Mustapha, F. and Naoum, S., "Factors influencing the effectiveness of site managers." International Journal of Project Management, 1997, Vol.16 (1), ISSN Number 0263 7863/98. PP. 1-8.

Naoum, S. and Hackman J., "Do site managers and Head office personnel perceive productivity factors differently" Journal of Construction, Engineering and Architectural Management, March/June 1996, Vol.3, ISSN Number 09699988, pp 147-160.

Naoum, S. and Mustapha, F., "Relationship between the building team, procurement method and project performance," Journal of Construction Procurement." The University of Glamorgan, Vol.1, No.1, May1995, pp 50-63.

Naoum, S., "A Critical analysis into the performance of time and cost of management and traditional contracts." ASCE, J. Const. Engineering and Management! Vol.120 No.4, ISSN 0733-9364, December, 1994, pp 687-705.

Naoum, S. and Langford, D., "Management contracting - The client's view." American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Journal of the Construction Division, Vol.113, No.3, ISSN 0733-9364, Sept.1987, pp 369-384.



Naoum, S., Egbu., C. “Critical Review of Procurement Method Research in Construction Journals.” 8th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization Conference, May, 2015, Tampere, Finland.

Naoum, S., Stratton, L. “Does the economic cycle have an impact on the selection of procurement methods in the UK construction industry?” CIB conference – Going North for Sustainability, London South Bank University, November 2015. (Acceptance of paper to be confirmed).

Fong, D., Primevera, R., Naoum, S., Hardi, J. “Prefabrication in Domestic Construction – Perceptions and their influence on home buying decisions in the UK.” CIB conference – Going North for Sustainability, London South Bank University, November 2015. (Acceptance of paper to be confirmed)

Naoum, S., Medrdad, M. Fong, D. “A guide for selecting the appropriate procurement method for a project based on client’s criteria.” ASEA conference at Pert Australia (28th November - 2nd December 2012).

Naoum, S., Buckley, K., Fong, D. “An evaluation of post-occupancy of sustainable housing.” ASEA conference at Pert Australia (28th November - 2nd December 2012).

Naoum, S., Mulholand, Z., Fong, D. “Sustainable Construction in the Recession.” 11th World Sustainable Building Conference SB11, October, 2011, Helsinki, Finland. Paper ID 1666853.

Naoum, S., Hemmings, B., Fong, D. “Is There a Correlation between Contractor’s Health and Safety Performance and Their Profit Margins?” 6th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISECC – 6), in Zurich, June 21-26, 2011.Paper ID S1-C32

Naoum S., Whitworth, T., Fong, D. “Is there a relationship between the Lean concept and productivity rate of construction projects?" 6th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC – 6) Conference in Zurich, June 21-26, 2011.Paper ID S1-C33.

Naoum, S., Lock, k., Fong, D. “Is fragmentation of the UK construction industry the main barrier to innovation - The architects’ views?” The 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), June 2010, State College, Pennsylvania, USA. 

Alyousif, A., Naoum, S., Atkinson, A., Robinson, H. “The influence of National culture on management practices of construction companies in the United Arab Emirates.” (ARCOM), September 2010, Salford University, UK.

Naoum, S., Roswell, l., Fong, D. “A proposed framework for changing the safety culture within the UK construction industry.” CIB W99, Safety in Construction, Montreal, Canada, July 2009.

Boonyanan, A., Robinson, H., Fong, D., Naoum, S. “Relationship and knowledge management among construction development project members in Thailand: the clients’ perspective." 24th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Conference. September 2009, Cardiff, UK.

Naoum, S., Dejhang, F., Fong, D, Jaggar, D. “A new framework for determining productivity factors in construction sites.”  CIB W55& W66 Joint International Symposium, September 2009, Dubrovnik, Paper ID: 342

Naoum, S., Al-Dhyaf, S. “Formation of Construction Project Managers.” CIB W65 conference on Building and Construction, 10-14 October 2008, Rome, Italy.

Naoum, S., Haidar, A. “Critical Path Method Approach and Implementation to Minimize Contracts Disputes.” Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in C.E. and Building, Montreal, Canada, 14-16 June 2007.

Naoum, S. Behbehani, L. “Private Housing Criteria and its Effect on Users’ Perceptions.” CIB W99, Rethinking and Revitalization Construction Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, October 2005, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, ISBN 0-620-33919-5

Naoum, S., Fong, D. “Critical Success Factors of project Management.” CIB W107, Globalization and Construction. November 2004, Bangkok, Thailand.

Okorji, I. and Naoum, S., "Contractual systems for refurbishment projects." CIB World Building Congress on Construction and the Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Accepted for publication in June1998, Sweden

Walker, C. and Naoum, S., "Determinate of project management success." ARCOM Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, September 1997.

Naoum, S. and Haidar, K, "A decision support system for optimizing equipment selection problems", International conference on Urban Engineering in Asia Cities in the 21st Century, November1996, University of Thailand.

Naoum, S. "Factors affecting productivity in organisations - A model and review." 2nd International Congress on Productivity in Construction, November 1996, National University of Singapore.

Haidar, A., and Naoum, S. “Selection of opencast mine equipment using knowledge base shell.” Proceeding of the 2nd Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering, part 2, 1569-1576 .

Naoum, S. and Fong, D., “Proposed computer system for optimizing building design." ASCE Conference on Computing in Civil Engineers, Atlanta, USA7 June1995.

Naoum, S. and Mustapha, F., "Influences of the client, designer and procurement methods on project performance." CIB-W92 conference, December, 1994.

Naoum, S. and Chan T. "The potential use of management contracting in the Hong Kong construction industry." CIB-W92 conference, 1994.

Mustapha, F. and Naoum, S., "Procurement methods in Turkey." CIB W92 conference, December, 1994.

Naoum, S "Critical analysis into criteria concerning the application of automation in construction." ISARC conference, Brighton, May1994.

Naoum, S., "Contractors' perception towards the application of quality assurance in the UK construction industry." ARCOM Conference, 1994.

Haidar, A., Naoum, S., Howes, R., Tah, J., "Optimization in equipment selection." ARCOM conference, 1994.

Naoum, S., "Some aspects of the relationship between the construction industry environment and organisational culture with respect to financial performance." CIB-W65 conference, Trinidad, West Indies, 1993.

Naoum, S. "Review into quality assurance In the UK construction industry," International Conference on Total Quality Management in Construction." SLOVAK, 1993.

Naoum, S. and Price, A., "Organisational Culture: Aspects related to the Construction Industry." ARCOM Conference, 1992.

Naoum, S. and Coles D., "Project Performance and Various Procurement Methods." CIB-W92 conference, Grand Canaries, Spain September1991.

Naoum, S. and Langford, C., "Comparative Analysis of Project Success." CIB-W92 conference, Yugoslavia, 1991.

Naoum, S. and Langford, D., "Management and traditional contracts - Analysis of their performance." CIB conference, Singapore, 1990.

Howes, R., Naoum, S., "A proposed model framework for the socio-economic and technical appraisal of Automation." ISARC International conference on Robotics, Bristol polytechnic, 1990.

Naoum, S. and Langford, D., "An investigation into the performance of management contracts against the traditional method of building procurement." CIB-W65 conference, Australia, 1988.

Naoum, S. and Langford, D., “Management contracting - Case studies." CIB-W65 conference, Imperial College, London, 1987.

Naoum, S. and Langford, D., “Management contracting - A review of the system." CIB-W65 conference, Waterloo, Canada, 1984

Research degree supervision:
Current supervision
Student Role in team Thesis title
Supreet Lama Second supervisor Developing Innovative BIM Based Design Briefing Methods and Framework to Improve the Quality and Performance of Building Projects.