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. 

Disclaimer: Please note that whilst APM are keen to advertise these research opportunities it is the responsibility of each student to follow their University's ethical guidelines.

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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.

Investigating why IT projects fail in the UK private sector? Is there a correlation between failure rates and poor cost planning and control?

Synopsis The aim of this project is to investigate why IT projects fail. The 1995 Chaos Report by the Standish Group found that on average, 16.2% of IT projects are completed on time and on budget, with 52.7% costing approximately 189% over budget ...

Target audience  Those with project management experience in any role or capacity.

Participate in 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?

Target audience Project Managers, Consultants

Participate in survey

A Critical Analysis of Social Capital in Contemporary Project Teams

Synopsis The research objective for this study is: To explore the utility of existing social capital and related theories to the practices in contemporary project teams.
The research question for this thesis is: What is an effective model for describing how contemporary project teams span structural holes (gaps in knowledge and information) in a hyper-connected environment? 

Target audience Members of a Project Team

Participate in survey

Generation Z's Leadership Skills in Project Management

Synopsis You are invited to take part in a survey on the topic of Leadership skills for Project Managers in Generation Z which is to identify the skills required for effective leadership from the perspective of Young Project Managers who are in Junior or in Apprenticeship Roles using the “ Leadership skills requirement strataplex model” (Mumford,2007). 

Target audience Young Project Managers / Apprentices

Participate in survey 

Covid-19 and Risk Management

Synopsis In my research project for partial fulfillment of my MSc Project Management at Lancaster University, I investigate into risk management and Covid-19 from, using different concepts such as black swan or grey rhino. As Covid-19 has impacted our lives, I am interested in how project practitioners and risk managers have perceived the virus, planned for, and dealt with it. 

Target audience Project Managers and Project Risk Managers (ideally having planned and/or managed a project anytime since December 2019), as well as Project Management Researchers with a focus on Risk and Uncertainty Management

Participate in survey

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.



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