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OR58 Stream - Project Management

Stream Organiser

Gary Bell
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Email: g.bell@lsbu.ac.uk

Rosane Pagano
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Email: R.Pagano@mmu.ac.uk

Jon Warwick
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Email: Warwick@lsbu.ac.uk

 

Stream Definition

Organisations are continually evolving which has led to increased levels of change.  Projects are a means by which change is introduced.  Equally important is ‘creating value’ to the business through the development of new products, processes or services.  The inception of Management of Projects (level 1 –the technical core, level 2 - the project’s strategic wrap, level 3 - the institutional level) informs the shaping and defining of projects. Furthermore, this important concept seems to be driving the growth of the Project Management discipline.  Recently, projects have been described as highly complex and uncertain phenomenon.  We believe there is a need to explore various approaches associated with Operational Research to different aspects of project management.  

The stream would like to emphasise the use of various Problem Structuring  Methods (PSMs), (with the view of producing an edited book of stream contributions - entitled Problem Structuring Methods for Management of   Projects (Palgrave)). However, all aspects of project management are of interest. To facilitate stream discussion the following areas are identified:

  • The technical core (level 1) - The use of PSMs to issues associated with this level, such as: requirements capture, risk identification.  Additionally, the use PSM for enhancing User Story Mapping and  User Stories;
  • The strategic envelope (level 2) – The use of PSMs to issues associated with this level, such as: informing project strategy, defining project success, business case development;
  • The Institutional Context (level 3) – The use of PSMs to issues associated with this level, such as: identifying new business opportunities (or needs) in order maintain competitive advantage, exploring innovation offerings (e.g. new/updated product, process, service) with different organisations (co-producing) which creates value, interactive development of business strategy;  
  • The utility of Hard Operational Research approaches, e.g. System Dynamics;
  • Multi-Methodology practice in Project Management;  
  • Risk Analysis and Risk Management;
  • Process improvement studies.

Bio

Gary Bell 

Dr Gary Bell is a Research Fellow at London South Bank University. He has an MSc in Scientific Computing and a PhD in Project Management.  Gary is a Fellow of the HEA and teaches Fundamentals of Agile Project Management, Fundamentals of Prince2 Project Management, Business Case Development and Research Methodology. His current research interests are the evolution of the Holon Enquiry Method and the development of Value Creation Studies.

Rosane Pagano

Dr Rosane Pagano is a Principal Lecturer in Project Management at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. She has a BSc (Hons) Systems Engineering, a PG Diploma in Education, a PhD in Applied Sciences and international work experience in project management. Her research interests are in Education Management, Technology in Education, and Project Management.

Jon Warwick

Having completed a first degree in Mathematics and Computing in 1979 Jon was awarded a PhD in Operational Research by the CNAA in 1984. He has more than 30 years of experience in teaching mathematical modelling, business decision support and research methods in the UK Higher Education sector and has extensive experience in course design and course management, quality assurance and enhancement, research and research supervision.  He was Head of the Division of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research at London South Bank University for eleven years before being appointed as Professor of Educational Development in the Mathematical Sciences – a post which he still holds.  He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and his research interests include the teaching of mathematics, mathematical modelling and business decision support; systems thinking and organisational learning.

 

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