About Dean Kashiwagi

Summary Bio

Dean T. Kashiwagi, PhD, PE, Fulbright Scholar is also the Director of the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG), a worldwide leader in improving facility/project performance and efficiency. Professor Kashiwagi has developed a "hands off" approach to managing contractors or vendors in any industry. His concept is contrary to traditional price-driven procurement. The technology has been tested 1915 times totaling $6.4 Billion ($4.1 Billion in construction projects and $2.2 Billion in non-construction projects) with a 98% success rate since 1994.

Professor Kashiwagi is the author of the Information Measurement Theory (IMT) and the Best Value Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS.) He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2008 through which he is took the PIPS management technology to the University of Botswana in Africa and helped transform a "research based" graduate program in project management. His work is also being tested in the Netherlands (on a $1.3B infrastructure project) and in Malaysia. Kashiwagi has integrated these concepts into a Facility/Project Asset Graduate Program at ASU.

Best Value PIPS and IMT minimize the owner's project management by as much as 80%. Dean's research has resulted in the identification that efficiency on both the owner and the vendors operation is required for a win-win environment. This is one of the few documented processes that brings better value for the owner and maximizes the profit of the vendor.

Significant achievements of the PBSRG's efforts include:

  • 2012 Inducted as Fellow into the International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • 2012 Dutch Sourcing Awards – Best Overall Procurement Effort & Operational Excellence – Rijkswatersstaat
  • 2011 IFMA Minneapolis/St Paul Chapter Facility Practitioner of the Year – ISD 287 FM Implementation of Best Value
  • 2011 George Cronin Silver Award for Procurement, State of Idaho
  • 2011 NASPO George Cronin Silver Award for Procurement Excellence (to the State of Idaho for implementation of PIPS)
  • 2009 Recipient of the distinguished IFMA Excellence Educator Award for numerous accomplishments in education and research.
  • 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholar Award
  • 2008 Research Innovation of the Year by CIB: International Council For Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (to the University of Minnesota for implementation of PIPS)
  • 2007 COAA Gold Award (to the City of Peoria for implementation of PIPS)
  • 2005 CoreNet H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award (to Harvard University for implementation of PIPS).
  • 2001 Pono Technology Award (to the State of Hawaii Government for implementation of PIPS)

Prior to joining ASU, Dean was a Design/Project Engineer, Project Manager, Educator, and Researcher for the US Air Force during his 14-year tour. Dean was born in Hawaii, but has resided in Arizona since 1992. Dean is married to Judy Katayama and they are parents to eight children.


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