Conceptual and thematic analysis of policies and guidelines on engineering asset management of different states in Australia

Mahmood, Muhammad Nateque, Dhakal, Subas, Wiewiora, Anna, Brown, Kerry A., & Keast, Robyn L. (2012) Conceptual and thematic analysis of policies and guidelines on engineering asset management of different states in Australia. In 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Managing for Volatility and Instability, 5 -7 December 2012, Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth, WA.


The role of government in developing policies and guidelines for asset management is becoming increasingly important especially in view of ageing infrastructure and increasing financial risks for building infrastructure. This paper reviews policies and guidelines developed by Australian state authorities against industry developed principles. It utilizes the software program Leximancer to; a) produce conceptual visualisations of the key themes and concepts embedded within state-wide policies and guidelines, and b) systematically compare the differing asset management foci between states. The analyses reveal mixed results in terms of policy priorities and guidelines for managing assets at a strategic level across states. This paper outlines a rigorous analytical methodology to inform specific policy changes.

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ID Code: 63735
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Policy Development, Asset Management, Leximancer, Content Analysis, Change Management, Risk
ISBN: 9780987415806
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 01:25
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 04:49

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