Current research opportunities

Please see below for all our current, ongoing research. We will post opportunities to participate as they arise, however if there are any studies that you feel yourself or your organisation are particularly interested in please use the contact details below or feel free to contact us for more information.

COMMISSIONED RESEARCH

Understanding Agile Project Management

This major study led by the University of Southampton seeks to: determine the state of agile in the project profession, explore the effectiveness and uses of agile methods and how they map across to one another, examine costs/benefits of implementing an agile culture and to look at future agile research.

For more information or to get involved please contact research lead Dr Serkan Ceylan.

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Dynamic conditions for project success

This major study led by the University of Sussex seeks to build on APM’s original Conditions for project successIn addition to re-examining project challenges to success it will also: uncover new factors, identify novel factors and ultimately understand how project professionals and project organisations can apply these success factors and lessons learnt to enhance project outcomes. 

For more information or to get involved please contact research lead Dr David Eggleton.

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RESEARCH FUND

To what extent can we Blackbox project management as a profession – Can AI learn to be a professional project manager?

This research is being undertaken by the University of Manchester and aims to consider what extent can we human project managers own our profession in front of a hypothetical 'robot project manager'? What is the information in project management that cannot be digitalised as the input to deep learning for AI to deliver project management practice? What is the distinctive project managerial action that is beyond the output of an AI?

For more information please contact Dr Kun Wang

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The use of AI in Project Management

This APM funded research led by the University of Southampton is looking to gather insight in order to get a clearer picture of how project professionals are using, or not using, AI and the implications this has for the future of the profession.

Help us with our research into AI use in projects No matter whether you use AI in your projects regular or whether it’s a frontier yet to be crossed.

For more information please contact research lead Dr Nicholas Dacre.

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The Value of Assurance Management Practices

The premise of this research is that academic discourse that surrounds assurance management is limited and insufficient. This exploratory research project will consider the value of assurance management, with particular interest in how assurance management is practiced in large multi-organisational projects (which may also be identified as programmes or portfolios of projects).  With this in mind this research project aims to explore the value of assurance management by answering: How do organisations determine the level of investment they will make in assurance management activities and assess the resulting value of assurance management? And What distinctive practices are being used to provide assurance management to projects (including programmes and portfolios of projects) that extend across multiple organizational boundaries? 

This study is being led by a practitioner research team of Sarah Coleman (Business Evolution) and Dr Andrew Schuster (PwC).

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Construction Project Selection Using a Lifecycle "Circularity" Assessment Framework (LCAF) and Circularity Indicators (CIs)

The aim of this research project is to develop a holistic, integrated framework to facilitate selection of more “circular” construction projects through embedding lifecycle “circularity” assessments in project selection. This requires the use of multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM) and structured decision-making techniques e.g. the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The framework is intended for decision-making and comparison purposes.  The research seeks to: 1) Develop a decision-making framework for project selection in construction based on “circularity” assessment of project options using the LCAF framework and 2) Validate the proposed framework using an illustrative real-life example(s).

For further details or to explore how you or your organisation can get involved please contact University of Manchester research lead Dr Mohamed Abadi

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Sustainability in the UK construction sector

Whilst industrial policy and targets are in place to push the UK construction sector firms and projects and individuals to be more ‘sustainable’, it remains unclear how they respond to this grand narrative. Construction sector firms and projects have shown a variety of responses to the discourse of sustainability. Leading large construction project-based firms are actively branding themselves as ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’; Sustainability has become a central value and component of work practices for projects and programmes; new job titles such as ‘sustainability managers’, ‘environmental managers’ are being created; new sustainability strategies have been developed and actively promoted on the websites and social media. 

The focus of this research is on a specific group of specialist sustainability managers, environmental managers and other managers with associated job titles such as project managers employed within large UK construction project-based firms and major projects. These managers are responsible for identifying and evaluating business opportunities and threats that may eventuate from climate change, and enacting strategies and practices of response (Wright et al., 2012).

These individuals and firms are particularly relevant in exploring the ways individual and collective identities are discursively constructed and policies and practices are influenced and shaped.  In doing so the study seeks to answer the question:  What are the different identities that sustainability managers, project professionals and firms in which they work enact in in their engagement with the grand narrative of sustainability in the construction sector policy?

For more information or to take part please contact UCL research lead Dr Natalya Sergeeva

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Organizational justice in projects: Characteristics, applications and impact

Projects will play a key role in relation to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in two aspects: firstly, projects are and will continue to be the vehicle to implement the change required for many of the goals and secondly, how projects are managed and how people are treated in projects can directly contribute to create a better and more sustainable future for everyone.

This research aims to demonstrate how the adoption of fair principles and procedures in projects can directly contribute to specific SDGs. The researchers propose to utilise organizational justice (Greenberg, 1990), i.e. the perception of fairness in the working environment and the fair treatment of workers or employees by their supervisors – an authority – and the subsequent consequences of fair or unfair treatment (Greenberg and Colquitt, 2005).

The research team will investigate how individuals perceive justice in the context of inter-organizational projects where individuals face a duality of authority, i.e. a line manager and a project manager. The research will investigate the following research question: How is organizational justice in inter-organisational projects characterized and applied?

For more information or take part in the research please contact research lead Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger at the University of Leeds.

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Can I join the RAG or the ARR Groups?

Open calls for Research Advisory Group and Academic Research Review Group membership will be held when vacancies arise with all relevant stakeholder groups approached where possible. Membership will be reviewed regularly as terms of office expire and Academic Research Review Group members can be promoted to the Research Advisory Group when required. 

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