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New APM sponsored research launches – takes a closer look at systemic leadership responses to complexity

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New research sponsored by the Association for Project Management (APM) and carried out by Dicle Kortantamer, a PhD student at the University of Brighton, has been launched today. The research aims to advance understandings of individual, team and organisation-wide leadership capabilities for responding to complexity in transformation and service delivery projects.

Linked to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) Project X research initiative (Theme E on capability and knowledge management), the research intends to provide advanced understandings of approaches to leading transformation and service delivery projects. It examines the challenges and opportunities and provides a systemic leadership framework for effectively responding to them.

Dicle Kortantamer, PhD student at the University of Brighton said: “As transformation and service delivery projects increase in the public and private sectors, and the challenges facing them grow in scale, scope and complexity, there is a pressing need to focus on improving the leadership capacities and capabilities of these projects. Extending conventional leadership views to include systemic approaches can be a powerful response to the challenges of transformation and service delivery projects and it’s a key skill for project management professionals.”

Daniel Nicholls, APM’s Research Manager, said of the study: “After working closely with the University of Brighton, Project X colleagues and APMs Enabling Change SIG Public Services Change Practitioner Group, which has acted as a steering group during the research, we’re delighted to publish the report today. It will add value to the growing body of literature on project leadership - including our last sponsored study led by Cranfield University which has subsequently proven highly popular with APM corporate partners.”

Read more about the framework developed as a result of this analysis by visiting our research page.

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