Student research

APM are keen to support the research of students at all levels regarding the management of projects. APM members can promote their existing research to encourage participants by sending a short summary, research link, end of survey closing date and membership number to marketing@apm.org.uk.

To share previous research outputs which may benefit the wider community please get in touch.

Take part in research and help develop the profession

Why not have your say and give your opinions on the latest project and programme management techniques by taking part in research projects from students and the wider project management community. 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.

 


Topic:

Investigating if Systems Thinking methodologies are appropriate for diagnosing complexity in Mega Construction Projects

Background:

The research seeks to  investigate if a Systems Thinking methodology, specifically a Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) is appropriate in diagnosing complexity and if this will help better predict complexity and ultimately adjust their outcomes and potentially inform risk management; collect new knowledge; support knowledge management and improve communication within the projects and organisations. 

Requirements:

  •  Project and Programme Managers (Construction, Engineering, Surveying, etc.)
  •  Students in Engineering and Construction (related fields)

Closing date:

4th August 2017

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Title:

Virtual Teams Communication Issues Survey

The purpose is to investigate virtual communication issues and provide strategies to overcome the challenges.

Closing date:

6th August 2017

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Title:

An Investigation of the influence of National culture on project planning: The case of comparing British and Taiwanese IT project managers’ perceptions of project planning

Background:

I am a postgraduate student of project management in university of Southampton. I am doing my research that I need British IT project management practitioners to help me to do the survey. The research is aim at investigating the correlation between national culture and project managers’ perceptions of project planning. It focuses on comparing Taiwanese and British IT development project managers. Thus I need your assistance to fill out a short questionnaire. Personal information will not be released or viewed by anyone other than researchers involved in this project.

Closing date:

6th August 2017

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Title:

Project, Programme & Portfolio Management Careers: ARE THEY VERTICAL OR INTERCHANGEABLE?

Synopsis:

Project management is a relatively young academic area, and while there are a number of research about its history, success factors and competences,  little is known about the career path of project professionals in transitioning through project, programme and portfolio management careers, including the nature of the transition: straight lined or interchangeable, the perceptions of professionals about the nature and its effect on future project success.

This research explores through direct engagement with project management professionals, their different transition paths and their experiences and perceptions influenced by that path, in order to contribute both theoretically and practically through empirical evidence to the understanding of project management careers.

Requirement:

Have you worked in two or more of the project management fields? (i.e. Project, Programme & Portfolio management). 

If so, then this research is aimed at you and you could contribute to future project management careers understanding by helping professionals contemplating a move from one discipline to another and possibly aiding the development of project-based organisations’ career path framework for project workers.

Closing date:

8th August 2017

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Title:

An investigation into critical success factor variability across UK construction building project life cycles.

Synopsis:

The UK construction industry is fundamental to the growth and expansion of the UK economy, contributing over £100 billion to the economic output each year. However, due to the dynamic nature of the construction industry, generated from the increasing complexity of project designs and the uncertainty associated to funding and technology, projects within this industry are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. This is highlighted by the fact that 53% of all construction ventures underperform and 90% of public sector construction projects fail.

As such, this research is concerned with understanding how the project management process can be managed more effectively, through an investigation which examines if critical success factors have the same level of importance across each stage of UK construction building project life cycles. The expected findings aim to help improve the success rates for UK construction building projects, as understanding critical success factors and the potential variability they may have across a project life cycle model could significantly improve the project management process.

Target Audience

Any members who have had experience as a project manager within the UK construction building industry.

Closing date:

15th August 2017

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