Hiyam is an accomplished Senior-level University academic and researcher in Project Management, Leadership and Education in multi- disciplinary projects. She is also the Master of Engineering management Coordinator and the Postgraduate Engineering Programs Coordinator in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney.
Can supervise: YES
Hiyam's research interests are currently focused on managing and sustaining innovation and
leadership in projects with special interest in educational projects and organisations.
Hiyam is experienced in teaching Engineering Management at postgraduate and undergraduate
Subjects taught by Hiyam include:
Advanced Project Management, Engineering Project Management, Managing Projects, Human Resources Management for Engineers, Engineering Operations and Management, Risk Management, Construction Management, Quality Management courses among others.
Al-Kilidar, H, Jeffery, R, Aurum, A & Kutay, C 2003, Planning an Empirical Experiment To Evaluate The Effects Of Pair Work On The Design Phase Of The Software Lifecycle, University of New South Wales, School of Computer Science and Engineering.
Burdon, SW, Mooney, GR & Al-Kilidar, H 2015, 'Navigating Service Sector Innovation using Co-creation Partnerships', JOURNAL OF SERVICE THEORY AND PRACTICE, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 285-303.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Purpose: This paper analyses a series of engineering services partnerships to better understand requisites needed in building high value co-creation alliances - especially where innovation is the strategic goal. Methodology/approach: Using a combination of quantitative surveys, qualitative `deep-dive assessments and a small number of in-situ mini-case investigations this research sets out to analyse 99 joint-venture innovation partnerships. These ventures represent a variety of asymmetric and symmetric alliances within the engineering services sector. Particular emphasis is given to those where the prerequisites for co-creative innovation are either in place or could be built. Findings: Partnering and progressing innovative ideas are important behaviours for organisations seeking higher levels of commercial success and competitive advantage. Navigating the partnering dynamic can also be harder than expected, potentially hindered by misunderstandings and differing expectations between enterprises. Particularly for symmetric endeavours success often hinges upon not only having clarity in the degree of innovation sought but also alignment as to the depth and stage of the partnering dynamic itself. However, when such collaboration works customer satisfaction and associated contract retention can increase significantly. Originality/value Most inter-company innovation projects historically seem to occur where one firm is significantly larger than the other. In contrast, this study highlights issues encountered when innovation co-creation projects are undertaken by a mature (as opposed to maturing) organisation in collaboration with partners where the power balance is similar between the two enterprises. In such cases, customer satisfaction surveys can be useful tools for objectively navigating the innovation co-creation experience.
Burdon, SW, Al-Kilidar, H & Mooney, GR 2013, 'Evaluating an Organisation's Cultural Readiness for Innovation', International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 572-589.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Innovation is often identified as a major driver of organisational growth in free market economies. However, just as often, there is lack of understanding on how best to enable the desired innovation outcomes. This paper addresses assessment of the internal culture of a large commercial engineering company seeking to enhance its ability to build, promote and sustain competitive advantage within its market. The paper's objective is to describe a framework that was designed and tested within the enterprise. The framework identifies and tracks cultural prerequisites underpinning employees' creative activities and how these align with the organisation's readiness to enact innovative outcomes. The findings confirm that many of the prerequisites for developing and progressing new ideas are socially dependent. In addition, efforts to innovate can easily be dissipated and derailed unless the prevailing organisation culture actively encourages interaction of staff and provides tuned and visible practices to easily capture, assess, reward and action new ideas produced by that interaction.
Siew, R & Al-Kilidar, H 2010, 'An exploratory study of HRM: Configurations and practices across publicly-listed Australian and Malaysian construction companies', International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 385-401.
HRM is one of the most poorly understood areas in construction management despite an increasing recognition of its importance.This paper discusses the results of a survey conducted across 78 publicly-listed Australian and Malaysian construction companies. Relative Importance Index (RII) was used to determine the most dominant HRM configuration utilised in these companies. Also, Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to determine HRM parameters at a project level. Overall, the survey results confirmed Hofstede's cross cultural analysis across these two regions. © Common Ground, Renard Siew, Hiyam al-Kilidar.
Kitchenham, B, Al-Khilidar, H, Babar, MA, Berry, M, Cox, K, Keung, J, Kurniawati, F, Staples, M, Zhang, H & Zhu, L 2008, 'Evaluating guidelines for reporting empirical software engineering studies', Empirical Software Engineering, vol. 13, pp. 97-121.
Al-Kilidar, H, Stalhane, T, Kutay, C & Jeffery, R 2003, 'Teaching the Process of Code Review'.
Naji, M, Abdelhalim, S, Al-Ani, A & Al-Kilidar, H 2017, 'Airport security screening process: A review', CICTP 2017: Transportation Reform and Change - Equity, Inclusiveness, Sharing, and Innovation - Proceedings of the 17th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, Shanghai, China, pp. 3978-3988.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
© 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). All rights reserved. Airport security screening processes are essential to ensure the safety of passengers and the aviation industry. The level of airport security is continuously improving with the help of advanced technology and trained security officers. However, airports have witnessed a significant increase in the number of passengers, which makes optimal security screening processes costly to implement for airport operations, and time-consuming for passengers and airlines. Different methods have been proposed to optimise the queueing process, reduce processing time, and strike a balance between security and time delay. This paper reviews the existing methods used to optimise the security process at airports, the technology being used, the importance of experienced security officers, and the impact of the screening process on passengers and the economy.
Al-Kilidar, H, Sixsmith, A, Leveaux, R & Mooney, G 2018, 'Student Perceptions of Open-Book and Closed-Book Exams in Postgraduate Engineering Management Subjects', Australasian Association of Engineering Education, Hamilton, New Zealand.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Pieresko, D & Al-Kilidar, H 2018, 'Taming wicked problems: A review of critical success factors', Proceedings of the 31st International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2018: Innovation Management and Education Excellence through Vision 2020, pp. 2610-2624.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the readers understanding of critical success factors (CSFs) for taming wicked problems. In particular, it aims to provide practitioners facing wicked problems with practical recommendations of the order in which the CSFs should be addressed to ensure the most effective use of time. In order to achieve this, the paper presents the results of a systematic literature of the topic and ranks the importance of each CSF according to their frequency of appearance in the literature. The ease in which various actors can control each CSF was then evaluated according to the number of parties involved. These two aspects were then combined to develop a ranking in which the CSFs should be addressed in order to accomplish the most progress towards taming a wicked problem in the least amount of time. In addition, this research can also be used to facilitate the development of more effective and holistic approaches for taming wicked problems or for the improvement of existing ones.
Katic, M, Al-Kilidar, H & Agarwal, R 2017, 'Exploring the Effect of Customisation on Management Practices in High-Variety, Low-Volume Manufacturing', 24th International Annual EUROMA Conference, EUROMA International Conference, Edinburgh.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Katic, M, Agarwal, R & Al-Kilidar, H 2017, 'The Interplay Between Flexibility and Innovation within High-Variety, Low-Volume Manufacturing', Production and Operations Management Society 2017 International Conference, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Innovation and flexibility have long been understood as key elements in the competitive repertoire of todays' manufacturing SME (Small to Medium Sized Enterprise). For SME's that produce a high variety of customised products at low volumes (HVLV), the necessity to innovate and simultaneously maintain flexibility poses a significant organisational challenge.
HVLV manufacturers are typically designed in such a manner to enable the manufacture of a wide range of highly customised products. The organisational success of the HVLV manufacturer, then, largely depends on its' ability to reconfigure resources and adapt to new circumstances (in other words, the ability to be flexible). In fact, it is in the pursuit of flexibility that HVLV manufacturers choose to adopt the job-shop style of production and 'project-based' organisational structure. There is evidence which suggests flexibility and innovation are complementary in the realm of mass-customisation. Yet, authors investigating the adoption of 'project-based' organisational forms (as observed in HVLV manufacturing) warn the quest for 'fast, flat and flexible' organisational designs often result in environments which hinder innovation. Indeed, the applicability of organisational practices designed to foster flexibility and its effects on the ability of a HVLV manufacturer to innovate requires further investigation – thus, a core objective of this paper.
In order to achieve this objective, this paper provides two outcomes. Firstly, a comparative analysis based on a literature review is undertaken between HVLV manufacturers and those adopting lesser, more standardised, forms of customisation. This will determine key differences in both flexibility dimensions and the organisational practices designed to facilitate this flexibility. Secondly, a conceptual model is developed (based on the comparative analysis) to demonstrate the relationship between key flexibility dimensions and the likelihood of developing successful in...
Haider, ST, Al-Kilidar, H & Leveaux, R 2017, 'Critical success factors for quality implementation in the manufacturing industry', Proceedings of the 30th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2017 - Vision 2020: Sustainable Economic development, Innovation Management, and Global Growth, International Business Information Management Association Conference, Spain, pp. 4568-4580.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
© 2017 International Business Information Management Association IBIMA. All Rights Reserved. Quality directly influences organizational performance in the manufacturing industry. Through an examination of literature, critical success factors that lead to the implementation of six-sigma in the manufacturing industry are identified for organisations of differing sizes: SMEs, large enterprises and general/ unspecified organisations (not specified as either SMEs or Large in literature). It is found that general success factors across organisations (unspecified) include Employee Education/Training, Top Management Commitment, Project Selection, Employee Involvement/Communication, Project Management/Leadership. While for large enterprises the following factors were identified: Project Selection, Alignment with Customer Requirements, Employee Education/Training, Senior Management Commitment, Use of Quality Tools, Visible Cost Saving. The results serve as a guide for a better understanding of the requirements leading to the successful implementation of six-sigma in organizations and where to best direct resources.
George, M, Al-Kilidar, H & Mooney, G 2016, 'Appraising and enhancing a leadership in innovation model', Proceeding of 28th IBIMA Conference, International Business Information Management, IBIMA Publishing, Seville, Spain.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Tawk, T, Al-Kilidar, H & Bagia, R 2016, 'Skills for Managing Virtual Projects: Are they Gained Through Graduate Project Management Programs?', 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016, AAEE - Annual Conference of Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Coffs Harbour, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Al-Kilidar, H & Bourke Slakey, E 2015, 'Project – Based Learning (PBL) in Face-To-Face and Online Modes of Study for Postgraduate Engineering Management Course', Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) Conference, Geelong, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Burdon, SW, Al-Kilidar, H & Courtney, N 2012, 'Developing a Management Enterprise Model for Sustainable Organisational Innovation Publication', The XX111 International Society for Professional Innovation Management conference, International Society for Professional Innovation Management conference, The International Society for Professional Innovation Management Ltd, Barcelona.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Al-Kilidar, H, Davis, S, Kutay, C & Killen, CP 2011, 'Towards Project Portfolio Management for Sustainable Outcomes in the Construction Industry', Proceedings of the Annual Project Management Australia Conference (PMOz): Project Management at the Speed of Light, Project Management conference, Project Management Australia, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-7.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Al-Kilidar, H & Johnson, C 2009, 'The Use of Wikispace in Engineering Education', 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Annual Conference of Australasian Association for Engineering Education, The School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Austral, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 381-387.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Wikispaces was piloted as an educational tool for improving teaching and learning at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales with class of 54 enrolled students. An active and self-directed learning approach was used in this subject based on interactive/ discussion-based lectures and tutorials, debates and presentations as well as private study. Students experiences and readings were to be reflected through contributions to class and wiki discussions to facilitate brain-storming, inquisitions and facilitate students' learning from each other. This paper reflects on the use of Wikispaces as a teaching strategy and presents results of students' responses to a questionnaire about the use of the wiki tool, and general teaching and learning of the subject. Analyses of responses suggested that students expressed positive experiences using wikispaces and that wikispaces correlated positively with students' performance.
Al-Kilidar, H, Hamedanimojarrad, P & Davis, SR 2009, 'Towards a Framework for Sustainability Indicators in Construction Developments', CRIOCM2009: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ADVANCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND REAL ESTATE, VOLS 1-6, pp. 476-485.
Kitchenham, B, Al-Khilidar, H, Babar, MA, Berry, M, Cox, K, Keung, J, Kurniawati, F, Staples, M, Zhang, H & Zhu, L 2006, 'Evaluating guidelines for empirical software engineering studies', Proceedings of the 2006 ACM/IEEE international symposium on Empirical software engineering, ACM, pp. 38-47.
Al-Kilidar, H, Parkin, P, Aurum, A & Jeffery, R 2005, 'Evaluation of effects of pair work on quality of designs', Proceedings of 2005 Australian Software Engineering Conference - ASWEC 2005, Australian Software Engineering Conference, IEEE Computer Society, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 78-87.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Quality is a key issue in the development of software products. Although the literature acknowledges the importance of the design phase of software lifecycle and the effects of the design process and intermediate products on the final product, little progress has been achieved in addressing the quality of designs. This is partly due to difficulties associated in defining quality attributes with precision and measurement of the many different types and styles of design products, as well as problems with assessing the methodologies utilized in the design process. In this research we report on an empirical investigation that we conducted to examine and evaluate quality attributes of design products created through a process of pair-design and solo-design. The process of pair-design methodology involves pair programming principles where two people work together and periodically switch between the roles of driver and navigator. The evaluation of the quality of design products was based on ISO/IEC 9126 standards. Our results show some mixed findings about the effects of pair work on the quality of design products.
Al-Kilidar, H, Cox, K & Kitchenham, B 2005, 'The use and usefulness of the ISO/IEC 9126 quality standard', 2005 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2005, pp. 126-132.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This paper reports an evaluation the utility of ISO/IEC 9126. ISO/IEC 9126 is an international standard intended to ensure the quality of all software-intensive products including safety-critical systems where lives will be at risk if software components fail. Our evaluation exercise arose from an experiment that required a quality assessment of outputs of the design process. Although ISO/IEC 9126 is intended to support evaluation of intermediate software products, both the experimental subjects (158 final year computer science and engineering student) and experimenters found the standard was ambiguous in meaning, incomplete with respect to quality characteristics and overlapping with respect to measured properties. We conclude that ISO/IEC 9126 is not suitable for measuring design quality of software products. This casts serious doubts as to the validity of the standard as a whole. © 2005 IEEE.
Al-Kilidar, H, Cox, K & Kitchenham, B 2005, 'The use and usefulness of the ISO/IEC 9126 quality standard', Empirical Software Engineering, 2005. 2005 International Symposium on, IEEE, pp. 7-pp.
Al-Kilidar, H, Jeffery, R & Aurum, A 2004, 'Description of an Empirical Experiment to Measure Effects of Pair Work on the Design Phase', Software Engineering - SE 2004, IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering, ACTA Press, Innsbruck, Austria.