Student research

APM is keen to support all students at all levels regarding their research into the management of projects. Our research department encourages students to submit their surveys and would like to see the project management community becoming involved by completing the surveys, if applicable, and answering questions which will assist students in their studies.

Your input will help to develop the knowledge base of project management and drive the profession forward.

List of current research by students:

The following is a list of current and recent requests from students for assistance and contributions to aid their research activities. Please note that some of these are date sensitive.

Perception of Project Complexity

Synopsis

Complexity is inherent in every project; however, experts still disagree regarding the definition of complexity. There have been attempts to build frameworks and models to identify complexity early on so that strategic decisions can be made to better manage these projects. Each of these models and frameworks adapt their own definition and taxonomy of complexity and elicit a response from the user regarding the degree of complexity as perceived by the user. Combined with the lack of consensus regarding the definition of complexity, the usefulness and accuracy of these models depend strongly on the input from the user. The aim of this research is to understand whether there is a consensus among project practitioners with regards to the degree of complexity of projects. It would also help understand if there are any specific factors affecting the perception of complexity among project practitioners. This questionnaire aims to achieve the research objective by presenting a single case study to multiple projects professionals and asking them to provide their judgement regarding the complexity of the project in the case study. These responses are then compared and studied to draw conclusions.

Requirement

The survey is expected to take approximately 15 minutes and is completely anonymous. Full details of the purpose of the research, data collection, data handling and contacts for the researcher and the university available on the participant information leaflet at the beginning of the questionnaire. You can follow the below link to access the questionnaire. 

Target audience

Any professional or current student with the experience of working in a project environment is eligible to participate.

Closing date

10 July 2020

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Women in Leadership: What are the impediments in which women in leadership face in order to excel in their role?

The Association for Project Management (APM) produced a report titled, “Where are the women in major projects leadership?” in September 2018. The work was supported by the Association for Project Management’s Research Fund. This fund aims to fund for research projects looking to address key issues that are directly involved in or are related to management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

The report was aimed to highlight the representation of women in leadership of major projects and to delve into the reasons as to why there was a lack of women in leadership positions within major projects. The research programme explores broader issues such as gender equality, social responsibility and organisational culture. A research collaboration was made between UCL, Arup and APM on the Future of Project Management.

The aim of this research is to seek out an understanding of why women remain underrepresented in leadership positions. Therefore, this questionnaire aims to respond and to achieve the research aims and objectives. The data collated will be analysed and concluded.

Requirement

The online survey is anonymous and will take 5-10 minutes to complete. The questions are mainly focused on women in leadership positions and to help gather more information in understanding the impediments in which women in leadership face in order to excel in their role.

Target audience

Any female professional who has or is currently in a leadership/management position.

Closing date

3rd July 2020

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Improving equality, diversity and the inclusion of the LGBT+ community within the construction industry

Title of the survey

Improving equality, diversity and the inclusion of the LGBT+ community within the construction industry

Synopsis

I am a postgraduate student at the University of Portsmouth currently studying an MSc in Construction Project Management. As part of my dissertation I am currently researching how to improve equality for the LGBT+ community, working within the construction industry.

The secondary data that I am using is based on the surveys that the Construction News conducted since 2015.

The aim of this project is to research and evaluate what has been achieved to date, and what more can be done in terms of polices and schemes to improve equality for the LGBT+ community, within the construction industry.

Requirement

Link to survey 

Target audience

Anyone who works with in the construction sector including, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Construction Engineers, Property, Project Managers, Consultants, Director/MD/CEO/Chairman etc

Closing date

10/07/20

Future of the Construction Project Manager: Skills and Mindsets required to take advantage of Emerging Technologies to Enhance Project Delivery

Title of the survey

Future of the Construction Project Manager: Skills and Mindsets required to take advantage of Emerging Technologies to Enhance Project Delivery

Synopsis

With the 4IR on our doorstep an the emerging technologies that can undertake human tasks more efficiently and enhance project delivery, what does this means for the future of the CPM. What skills and mindsets would need to adapt for the CPM of the future?

Requirement

100 responses

Target audience

Project Managers, Consultants

Closing date

30 July 2020

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How Agile may be applied to improve quality, timeliness and overall value for delivering innovation in the automotive industry

Title of the survey

How Agile may be applied to improve quality, timeliness and overall value for delivering innovation in the automotive industry

Synopsis

Since Agile methodology was founded it has gained popularity first within the IT industry and subsequently within other sectors, the automotive industry being one of them. Research has shown that it is possible to adapt Agile to various projects and this process has both benefits and challenges. This study aims to determine how Agile may be applied to improve quality, timeliness and overall value for delivering innovation in the automotive industry. Building on the existing research it asks how Agile could benefit the R&D in particular as that is the sector that delivers innovation and receives most investment. The aim of this questionnaire is to achieve the research objective by collecting data on the advantages and benefits of using Agile within the automotive industry, as well as any challenges or problems that may have arisen since the adoption of Agile framework

Requirement

The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. You can follow the below link to access the questionnaire.

Target audience

Any professional or current student with the experience of working in a project environment is eligible to participate.

Closing date

19 July 2020

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Investigating Project Management skills within the design sector of UK Local Government Highway works

Title of the survey

Investigating Project Management skills within the design sector of UK Local Government Highway works

Synopsis

I am currently studying a Masters degree in Construction Project Management at the University of Portsmouth . To form part of my final year research project I will be investigating Project Management skills.

This study is concerned with Local Government project management in the highway sector which is important because there is an ongoing skill shortage within this sector.
I am seeking participants who work within the highway sector for Local Authorities. This could be currently or within the past 12 months. The participate must be directly employed by the council or a consulting engineering firm or freelance.

This survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Please distribute the survey among colleagues who also work in the sector so that I can get as many results as possible.

Data protection: all data will be anonymous. Data will be stored securely and disposed of when no longer required. Surveys have been verified by the University Ethics Committee before distributing, any information will be treated in the strictest confidence whilst adhering to the GDPR 2018 regulations.

Requirement

Worked for local authority in the past 12 months
Directly employed, freelance or through a consultant/ agency.
Working in the highway design sector

 

Closing date

07/08/2020

Survey link

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Promote your research

APM members can promote their existing research to encourage participants by completing the form below, including your research link, end of survey closing date and membership number.

To share research outputs which may benefit the wider community please get in touch with the research manager, Daniel Nicholls: daniel.nicholls@apm.org.uk.

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