Improving Project Delivery (Project X)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sussex
Department Name: University of Sussex Business School

Abstract

This research project is a collaboration between academia, industry and the non-ministerial department responsible for the oversight and effective delivery of major projects and programmes in government, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). We seek to enrich societies' understanding of the project and programme delivery landscape by generating high-quality evidence and insights that will inform future policy making, improve ministerial awareness and drive the development of the project delivery profession.

Projects are temporary, flexible organisational structures that are now the central way in which large scale, complicated systems and change programmes are delivered. New transport, energy and water infrastructure systems are typically delivered in projects, as are most large scale military systems like aircraft carriers. Similarly, when government seeks to implement a major policy that will transform how government delivers services and interacts with citizens, it will typically use projects to implement that policy change.

Unfortunately projects have a tendency to run over-budget, take longer than planned to finish and sometimes don't delivery the outcomes that were promised. It is common to find projects' costs and delivery times more than double, and many major projects have to be cancelled. When projects are delivered, they often represent poor value for money in hindsight and under-perform. Because the UK has so many large and expensive projects, the potential costs of poor performance are very high.

However, in recent years the UK has developed a world-class ability to delivery complex projects. The UK has some major project successes (Heathrow T5, the 2012 London Olympics, Crossrail, etc). This suggests poor performance is not inevitable. It is not easy to understand why some projects are successes and others perform poorly. This research project aims to deepen understanding of how project delivery can be improved. By working in partnership between university researchers and the Government, we aim to help the UK Government set up, deliver and hand over projects more effectively. In doing so, we hope to help reduce the costs of projects, ensure more are delivered on time, and improve how effectively they deliver final outcomes, so that Government policy is implemented more successfully. Because project are so expensive, and many are subject to cost-overruns and lower than expected outcomes, the potential cost-savings for the UK from this research are very significant, and could easily run into many billions of pounds.

To delivery on this potential, the research project proactively engages with the UK policy and practitioner communities and provide them with targeted, high quality research across six sub-theme that address:
Theme A: Defining value, understanding performance, achieving success over the life-cycle
Theme B: Front end and back end management practices
Theme C: Data quality and use as performance drivers
Theme D: Assurance, reporting and governance
Theme E: Capability & knowledge management
Theme F: Transformational projects

These sub-projects were co-designed with research users, to ensure our research addresses important questions. For some research we will be able to use high quality data that is being opened up to academics for the first time. Moreover, by having a larger research project across a number of universities, we can use more standardized methods to improve the quality of research, and make it more robust and useful. By working closely with the IPA our research findings can lead directly into changes in mandated Government advice to projects managers. The research fits within a wider body of research on improving the performance and profitability of project-based firms in the UK, which aims to improve their performance in international markets, creating high value jobs i

Planned Impact

In co-produced, problem-focused, interdisciplinary research of the kind proposed in the Case for Support, research design and impact strategy are integrated rather than distinct. The 'pathway to impact' for this project has already been put in place and piloted. The project is co-produced as part of a research partnership with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) in the Cabinet Office who have oversight of major government projects, particularly the Government Major Project Portfolio, which currently contains some £485bn of projects of concern. Over the last two years we have worked with them and now #BetterGovProjects (Project-X) is an official part of their remit. By working with them research outputs from the project can move directly into official mandated guidance that is disseminated across government. This mandated guidance will then influence project design and management.

To further the dissemination and impact of the outputs our project has also partnered with the major project management industrial associations - the PMI, PMA, and APM. We will work with them to disseminate our research findings to the broader industrial community. Their networks provide access to thousands of project professionals.

Research has shown that the delivery of impact cannot be reduced to communications. Instead research findings need to be transformed into a usable form that fits within the existing routines of the organisation involved. This is often organisationally complex, cutting across internal and external boundaries and involving mediators and consultants. We know that there is a significant 'knowing - doing' gap in project delivery in the UK, and that research is rarely read by project professionals. Even when research is read, it is rarely implemented. The problem is therefore not necessarily to transfer research, but that policy and research are too disconnected. Project practitioners cannot always access research, and when they do sometimes find it doesn't address their problems or uses categories that don't apply to their practice (Nightingale and Scott, 2007). Our impact plan therefore proposes to close the loop between research and practice through close interaction with the government network responsible for training project managers, and a co-produced research design that proactively targets "bridgers and brokers" within existing governance training networks.

The short term impacts relate to the direct provision of research support for the IPA to provide high quality research on topics that are both practically important to improve project delivery, and also address fundamental social science questions. We will also provide synthesis reports, summaries, models and frameworks, tools and techniques (i.e. new MCM methods to map the early stages of politically contentious projects).

In the medium term the research will deepen research networks and train a cohort of researchers to work across academic and non-academic organisational boundaries. We will increase the social robustness of research by forcing engagement with practice from an early stage, which will subject theories to brutal tests much earlier.

In the longer term, we aim to fundamentally change how projects are understood and managed.

To support engagement our research builds attention to users' needs and dissemination from the start. Researchers have ring-fenced time to work with the policy community and industry to build engagement capabilities on both sides. ECRs will be trained to produce targeted communications materials, (briefing papers, "glossies", reports, workshops, web-based materials and academic books and articles). This engagement will be undertaken as part of a research strategy for ensuring that research is independent, high quality, and high impact, because we have built 'epistemological virtues' into the research process.

Publications

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Description All the sub-projects that have been supported on this grant were co-produced with project professionals in Government departments or with industrial partners. Government partners have taken the results of sub-project work and drawn on it for their own activities. We also provide research outputs through our ongoing website and extensive engagement activities. The Project X research community, whose activities are reported here, is composed of (1) researchers directed funded under the ERSC Grant, alongside (2) interested researchers, engaged in project delivery research who receive non-financial support under Project X's governance structure e.g. research training, mentorship, and access to dissemination channels. The aim of this project was to transform the performance of major project delivery in the UK in order to substantially improve how benefits are realised, while reducing the number and extent of cost and time over-runs. The project did this by: (a) training a new generation of researchers to build capacity within the UK to work across organisational divides in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, outcome focused way, (b) co-producing research with Government departments on key policy-relevant topics, (c) using the policy-focused research to gather data to support more fundamental, longer-term research that aims to have a more transformational impact, and (d) undertaking a range of policy engagement, training and communications activities with the wider community. As a result, the impacts of the project applied across a spectrum from short-term research projects on key immediate and urgent policy problems, all the way to long-term fundamental rethinking about how projects should be set up, managed, organised and handed over to operations. By co-producing research with Government partners, the project built relationships that helped diffuse academic research findings into practice, while improving how academic research interests align with key policy questions and topics that are of interest and importance to practitioners. Extensive engagement with Government departments (across the large number of sub-projects we have supported) generated impact and contributed towards a gradual evidence based, and research informed, upgrading of project delivery capability in Government. The value of these engagements was evidenced by the long term, repeated engagement that we developed. We also monitored and reviewed their impact as the project proceeded. The longer term, and more transformational impact emerging from the project related to changes in how projects are conceptualised, set up, designed, managed and delivered into operations. To crudely summarise, project management as a discipline emerged to improve how large technical systems were developed in the mid-20th century. Drawing on engineering and operational research, it tended to work backwards from the final desired outcomes, through a design process and then project management methods would be used to divide systems and subsystems up for production and final integration and testing. Project management tools were then developed to manage this process and optimise it. While such methods looked technically impressive, they often failed when projects were complex, and in many instances were replaced by more flexible approaches. Over the decades, as projects have become even more complex and important to society, the inherent failings of these approaches have become more obvious. Today, too many projects go over-budget, take much longer than expected, and when they do deliver, the often fail to realise the proposed benefits they set out to generate. Failures are common particularly when uncertainty was high as was typical for: • complex projects, • projects that were politically contested, • projects distributed across many organisations, • large projects with many subsystems, • software intensive projects, • projects subject to changes over time (which is particularly common with projects that can take decades), • projects where the design, implementation or final benefits depended on achieving changes in the behaviour of people, organisations, markets and industries, • projects requiring innovation, • military projects where new technologies were pushing the limits of performance, and • projects where technical fixes were introduced to try and solve political problems. One approach to dealing with these uncertainties and ambiguities, that the research project has supported, has involved finding new ways to manage projects to reduce this inherent uncertainty. For example, by designing information flows to simplify how information diffuses, standardizing and reusing technology, drawing on established methods, approaches, relationships, technologies and ways of working, etc. While this type of approach can be effective, not all projects can be simplified and many the benefits that can be realised by projects require a substantial degree of organisational and design complexity and uncertainty. For example, many Brexit related projects needed to be underway before the final negotiation outcomes were completed. Similarly, many military projects need to push the boundaries of performance to be operationally successful, and many major projects are only realisable with large amounts of bespoke software. With these kinds of projects uncertainties are inherent - they exist before, during and after the project - and hence need to be managed. A key element of their management requires a range of capabilities that are not traditionally part of project management. Successful project delivery therefore requires a change in thinking and a move away from: (a) thinking in terms of features that are fixed at the start and can be optimised, towards recognising inherent uncertainties that exist at the start of a project and can emerge during its delivery, that can be reduced through research and practice, and the inherent ambiguities around values involved in many major decisions during the life of a project that can be negotiated and mediated, and (b) thinking in terms of isolated projects, to thinking in terms of production systems in which projects have a context from which they emerge, and are transferred upon completion to an operational context. This requires consideration of what are sometimes termed 'project capabilities' within organisations that enable them to manage projects. These exist within a wider context of human and organisational 'capital' that includes differences in experience, reputation, ability to direct and co-ordinate other actors, and wider concerns about organisational culture and how the various conflicts that emerge during projects can and are traded off against each other as they are negotiated. This emphasis on project delivery, rather than traditional project management, can be seen in the IPA's 7 - lenses framework that focuses on Vision, Design, Planning, Leadership, Collaboration, Accountability and People. All these lenses aim to help organisations appreciate and manage the inherent uncertainties and ambiguities of projects. Our project has provided research support to help project professionals in departments and in industry learn across and within projects. Our work, as highlighted elsewhere in the report, involves researching around key themes related to: A. Value and performance B. Front-end and back-end management C. Data D. Assurance, reporting and governance E. Capability and knowledge management, and F. Transformational projects In each of these areas we have worked with project professionals to improve our collective understanding of both urgent issues and longer term more fundamental questions. This work is supporting an ongoing shift in the project delivery profession away from just delivering projects, towards considering their downstream impacts, and managing the realisation of benefits in the longer term. This requires going back to the initiation (and sometimes pre-history) of projects to improve decision-making behaviour, and create more effective strategy, governance, and procurement. We are supporting project professionals to understand and reduce/manage complexity, risks and uncertainty during the various phases of a project as well as helping them focus on system integration through the whole project lifecyle. Since this capability is distributed through networks of people we are supporting improvements in leadership and teams' capabilities, by enhancing their ability to draw on and use evidence. A key part of this involves expanding skills in stakeholder engagement and management, with final users and wider organisations and also within the project along the various supply chains and supply webs. In delivering impact, a key challenge we have faced has been the very limited resources we have within the project given its large size and the scale of the problems we are seeking to address. Our current focus is on improving the ability of the UK to deliver major transformational projects that align with key Government strategic priorities. We are developing partnerships and collaborations around major transformative project themes related to: A. delivering Net-Zero and wider decarbonisation of the entire UK economy, B. the UK's "levelling up" agenda, which aims to reduce inequalities in productivity and growth across the various parts of the UK, and C. the economic recovery plans, that will help support the UK through the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in a way that minimises costs and positions the UK so that it is better able to grow in the future. A key part of these three strategic goals involves infrastructure and innovation, and we are developing new research to support the provision of new infrastructure in ways that will drive transformational behavioural change across people, organisations, markets and Governments. By integrating research within major transformational projects and programmes we can work in partnership with project professionals in Government to better identify, understand and reduce uncertainties and ambiguities, and extend the scope of our collective understanding further, to build greater collective expertise in the delivery of major projects. By the end of the project, we delivered a significant improvement in how research informs project delivery, that will in turn, deliver a significant improvement in project delivery performance into the future.
Sector Construction,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Keeping the UK Building Safely: a scoping study: Prepared for: The PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/keeping-the-uk-building-safely-a-scopin...
 
Title Analysis of the Government Major Projects Portfolio 
Description Quantitative data analysis of the Government Major Projects Portfolio and analysis framework questions for interviews with practicing project delivery professionals. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The accompanying webinar was been viewed by 52,880 individual people since 15 January 2019. The paper is also informing practices in the IPA in relation to assurance. 
URL https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2019-0242/full/html
 
Title Benefits management practices 
Description Dr Richard Kirkham and his team developed a survey instrument to capture data benefits management practices across 5 different jurisidications to understand the complexities of balancing decision-making to reflect short -term outputs and long-term outcomes. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This survey can be used by other researchers. 
 
Title Construction project delivery in a post-pandemic world 
Description Dr Richard Kirkham and his team used Eigenvector centrality techniques to analyse UKRI data to build a graph which summarises where research aligned to HSE construction priorities exists across the UK. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This tool will assist with the identification of research funding priorities in the HSE. 
 
Title Keeping the UK Building Safely 
Description Dr Richard Kirkham and his team developed a survey instrument to understand the factors that are influencing COVID-secure construction project delivery routines in tier one contracting organisations. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This survey can be used by other researchers. 
 
Title Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) on accessing data for research collaborations between University based academics and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) 
Description The ability to access high quality data is essential for research on project delivery. However, much data is commercially sensitive. The project developed a detailed non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) in the Cabinet Office. This NDA provides the basis for academic researchers working in collaboration with project professionals in Government to access data on ongoing and historical projects, including material held in the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP). The NDA provides a standardized framework for access that matches the needs of both Government and a wide range of UK universities. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This research tool has opened up an extremely large and detailed data set on a large portfolio of major projects held by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, that was not previously readily available to academic researchers. This access has enabled researchers to work with project professionals in Government on key policy topics related to the delivery of major projects, and increased collaboration across the boundary between Government and academia. 
 
Title Research questionnaire about the capabilities required for creating value at the nexus of the public and private sector 
Description A research questionnaire informed by theory and intended for a semi structured hour long interview with project professionals and decision makers 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Data collection that has informed a report publication and that is being used to develop a paper 
 
Title Risk migration mapping tool 
Description The risk migration mapping technique developed provides a visual representation of the risk transfers that occur between parties entering into a contractual agreement. By determining which party most of the risk resides with, the tool can be used to develop an understanding of the overarching intentions of the contract. By mapping two types of dynamic behaviour, namely the risk transfers and the interdependencies between contractual provisions, insights into the unintended consequences can be identified at the point of contract design, prior to signing. Using the tool as a planning provision in the front-end of government commissioning can contribute to the success of the project downstream. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The tool has been applied in practice to the defence commissioning context for major contracts, gaining the support from senior commercial staff. Since then the method has been replicated by academics at Liverpool John Moores University and applied to the healthcare commissioning context. The Association for Project Managers awarded the doctoral thesis associated with Doctoral of the Year 2020 and published a blog in January 2021 for project management professionals which outlined the application of the approach. 
 
Description A14 Case Study 
Organisation Highways England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier is providing his specialist expertise
Collaborator Contribution Site access, interviewee time
Impact The research will produce papers.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Arcadis 
Organisation Arcadis NV
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contribution of data required by the PMO
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the Project X Programme and supported the PMO
Impact PMO documents for Project X
Start Year 2019
 
Description BCG - COVID-19 Impact on Major Projects 
Organisation Boston Consulting Group
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier provided expertise to the BCG report on COVID-19 Impact on Major Projects
Collaborator Contribution Resources for data collection and analysis
Impact Blog posts of first results, draft articles on research
Start Year 2019
 
Description Benefits Realization Collaboration 
Organisation Project Management Institute
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise and produced white paper that were shared with the research community
Collaborator Contribution Our partnership organised interactive sessions to engaging with academic researchers and practitioners to explore how to overcome some of the research challenges related to effectively applying benefits realization management practices in projects and programmes. - January 15, 2019. Project Governance: From Data to Recommendations to Action or Inaction webinar, featuring Hang Vo, Terry Williams, and Richard Kirkham - 53,134 views as of 27 October 2021. - In June 2019, our partnership sponsored a full-day working session with BRM practitioners, SROs and other project professionals. The sessions explored approaches for overcoming challenges related to applying BRM frameworks and identifying qualitative and quantitative benefits metrics. - In November 2019, PMI connected the academic researchers with its Global Executive Council, a network of 90 global corporations and government bodies focused on maturity their project delivery capabilities. - In December 2019, the Public Sector BRM Forum, along with representatives from the PMI UK Chapter, continued exploring how to incorporate BRM into practice at its winter meeting. - In June 2020, PMI Global Executive Council briefing on benefits realization management research, 121 PMO and other senior project leaders from 88 global organizations. - Then in later 2020 PMI Global Executive Council Public Sector Working Group Virtual Session on Benefits Realization Management in Covid-19 Project Recovery and Rebuild: 56 participants from global public sector organizations in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, and Africa.
Impact Benefits outputs doi: 10.1080/09537287.2019.1668980
Start Year 2019
 
Description Compendium of Large Infrastructure Projects 
Organisation European Commission
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Juliano Denicol, Dr Simon Addyman, Mr Olu Morgan and won the tender to prepare a report on large infrastructure projects. Advice on public procurement of large infrastructure projects. Largest European procurement study, drawing on over 80 projects across the European Union from 2008-2018. The study provides policy recommendations to inform the next generation of European directives that will guide major infrastructure projects.
Collaborator Contribution Financial contribution
Impact Compendium of Large Infrastructure Projects report published. The study explores the public procurement aspects in contracts for large infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the issues and trends that were emerging in the selection of procurement procedures within particular delivery models. Identifying these issues and trends opens up the opportunity to consider the timing and integration of the selected procurement model and procurement procedure into the overall delivery model for large infrastructure projects.Drawing on a study of procurement procedures in over 80 large infrastructure projects across the European Union from 2008 to 2018, including in-depth semi-structured interviews with procurement professionals within eight of those projects, the study identifies three key mutually dependent recommendations for the European Commission. Policy recommendation 1: Further training in the professionalism and technical know-how of procurement procedures, both at national and European level. This should equally be done for procurement and project management professionals, as it would facilitate enhanced decision making in the early stages of project development. Policy recommendation 2: A recognition that the procurement strategy and the selected procurement procedure play a key role in the design and development of the overall delivery strategy for the project, specifically in connecting the front-end development stage with the delivery stage. This can have a significant effect on the overall capability of project organisation and is likely to require innovation in the way that procurement processes are designed and implemented by contracting authorities. Policy recommendation 3: There is an opportunity to improve the use of the current EU public procurement directives and to develop the next generation of rules through communities of practitioners and policy makers at national and European level. These communities can further develop the knowledge needed to select the most appropriate procedures and design the processes needed to avoid obstacles. The European Commission should further strengthen its efforts to play a key role in facilitating this more dynamic and evolving form of knowledge creation.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Crossrail 
Organisation Crossrail
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Professor Andrew Edkins was invited to contribute to the internal review that was looking at lessons learnt from the CrossRail programme. Given this was a large piece of work, he brought in the other Project X Theme B leaders. They are providing their expertise about major project delivery to this review. Professor Andrew Davies contributed lessons learnt from CrossRail to an ICE procurement report that will follow on from the ICE systems approach to strategic infrastructure delivery report.
Collaborator Contribution Access to senior leaders in the Crossrail programme, sharing their experiences.
Impact A practitioner report that provides a "watch list" for things to be careful about in the delivery of major projects, and an academic paper.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Cuckmere Community Solar Company - Leading Community Projects for Sustainable Innovation 
Organisation Cuckmere Community Solar Company
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Dr Rebecca Vine was a member of the CCS Board in 2020 providing her expertise to the project. She brought in Dr Dicle Kortantamer to work in partnership with the CCS Board to extend the scope of our collective understandings about complexities of leading a landmark project and build greater expertise in leading community projects for sustainable innovation. This is a landmark project supported by the Getting Building Fund and SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership), named in the Government's Net Zero strategy. It is a local community energy project that is developing a scalable model for decarbonising the UK railways whilst delivering social and environmental impact to the local community. Dicle has been contributing research time to the project and providing academic expertise by drawing on theories and concepts from the leadership and innovation literature.
Collaborator Contribution CCS Board is providing access to this research opportunity.
Impact Articles are in development. Main disciplines are leadership and innovation management.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Cuckmere Community Solar Company - Leading Community Projects for Sustainable Innovation 
Organisation Riding Sunbeams
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Rebecca Vine was a member of the CCS Board in 2020 providing her expertise to the project. She brought in Dr Dicle Kortantamer to work in partnership with the CCS Board to extend the scope of our collective understandings about complexities of leading a landmark project and build greater expertise in leading community projects for sustainable innovation. This is a landmark project supported by the Getting Building Fund and SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership), named in the Government's Net Zero strategy. It is a local community energy project that is developing a scalable model for decarbonising the UK railways whilst delivering social and environmental impact to the local community. Dicle has been contributing research time to the project and providing academic expertise by drawing on theories and concepts from the leadership and innovation literature.
Collaborator Contribution CCS Board is providing access to this research opportunity.
Impact Articles are in development. Main disciplines are leadership and innovation management.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Department for Public Expenditure and Reform, Ireland 
Organisation Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Country Ireland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier is providing his specialist expertise
Collaborator Contribution Discussions about Irish Spending Code on Major Projects
Impact Complete revamp of the Irish Spending Code on Major Projects
Start Year 2019
 
Description Economic Statistic Centre for Excellence 
Organisation Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dr Rehema Msulwa is providing her expertise
Collaborator Contribution ESCoE Research Associate
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration, including various disciplines such as economics, public policy studies
Start Year 2021
 
Description Government Internal Audit Agency 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As part of the wider engagement with the public sector, Prof Mike Bourne worked with Prof Pietro Micheli to support Elizabeth Honer (CEO of the Government's Internal Audit Agency) who led a review in 2020 of performance measures and measurement frameworks for the government functions (e.g. security, commercial, IPA, HR, finance).
Collaborator Contribution Invited Prof Mike Bourne to provide expertise to the internal audit activity.
Impact The work resulted in a new scorecard which is currently being implemented across central government functions.
Start Year 2021
 
Description HM Treasury - Green Book 
Organisation HM Treasury
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier is providing his specialist expertise
Collaborator Contribution Data provision from government
Impact Forthcoming changes to the HM Treasury Green book
Start Year 2018
 
Description HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab 
Organisation EDF Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution RA worked 50/50 on specific projects - Proj. X providing lead line management and HPCSCILab offering additional support and work with other HPSCILab RAs (leading to other papers). Proj. X provided specific training - open to collaborating HPSCILab RAs.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators in HPC and SCIL provided co-funding for theme B Research Associate and expertise in work-packages on initiation and supply chain competition/replication assessment.
Impact A report on supply chain collaboration/competition was submitted as part of the new nuclear build application and will be published, in the public domain, in April/May 20201. Paper on mega project initiation
Start Year 2020
 
Description Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme 
Organisation Parliament of UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Siavash Alimadadi and Professor Andrew Davies provided their expertise to the programme leadership team with respect to evaluating decision-making processes at the early stages of the programme.
Collaborator Contribution Programme leadership team provided access to the programme.
Impact The programme's senior leadership team revised their strategy based on a report produced by Dr Siavash Ali Madadi and Professor Andrew Davies. The report was also shared with the Sizewell C Nuclear power station.
Start Year 2018
 
Description IPA Routemap 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Juliano Denicol and Andrew Davies provided expertise and intellectual input resulting in the design of a new IPA Routemap Organisation Design and Development module and revision of the IPA Routemap Governance module.
Collaborator Contribution Events organised to discuss the Routemap modules. Expertise and intellectual input provided at these vents, including presentation and discussion of trends in Organisation Design, and reflecting upon the recent IPA Routemap module Organisation Design and Development at roundtable events.
Impact IPA Routemap - Organisational Design and Development module, and revised Governance module.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Infrastructure and Projects Authority 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Dicle Kortantamer, Prof Davies & Dr Nick Marshall are collaborating with the IPA & HMRC on a pilot study titled 'Leading in a context of high uncertainty and urgency: Learning from the public policy response to the EU-exit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Phillippa Groome is working with IPA on developing a new EDI research proposal.
Collaborator Contribution Co-design of the research project, access to data, feedback on analysis
Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer, Prof Davies, Dr Nick Marshall, Fiona Spencer and Gill Evans (HMRC) will held a panel at the International Leadership Association's Annual Conference on the 25th of October. Dr Phillippa Groome is preparing a research proposal.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Infratsructure Client Group - Equality workstream 
Organisation Institution of Civil Engineers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As a member of the ICG EDI workstream, Phillippa Groome participated in discussions on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) challenges and the latest interventions in practice. She shared her emerging research findings with the group also. From this position, she give feedback on discussion items and influenced decision making. She has also been able to disseminate/ present her research to senior policy makers and professional practitioners.
Collaborator Contribution Access to data; Access to dissemination platforms; Access to networks/ opportunities
Impact Doctoral Thesis; Stakeholder Presentation(s); Stakeholder Workshop; Research repository contribution
Start Year 2018
 
Description Keeping the UK Building Safely 
Organisation Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Department HSE Science Division (HSE-SD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual input and expertise
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators in HSE are providing expertise into four work-packages that are designed to gather evidence on the impact of COVID19 in the construction sector from a transmission, technology, digitisation, leadership and project delivery perspective
Impact A report will be published, in the public domain, in April/May 20201. It will be presented to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser as part of the 'core national programme'
Start Year 2021
 
Description Keeping the UK Building Safely: a scoping study: Prepared for: The PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment. 
Organisation Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Looked at construction delivery in the context of the governments Covid-19 economic recovery strategy
Collaborator Contribution They lead the Covid-19 core nation studies transmission theme
Impact Please see the report, Keeping the UK Building Safely: a scoping study: Prepared for the PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment
Start Year 2021
 
Description McKinsey & Company Inc. - Public Sector IT Project Delivery 
Organisation McKinsey & Company
Department McKinsey & Company, UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier is providing his specialist expertise
Collaborator Contribution Resources for research, analysis, publication related services
Impact Whitepaper to be published
Start Year 2019
 
Description McKinsey & Company Inc. - Roads of the Future 
Organisation McKinsey & Company
Department McKinsey & Company, UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier is providing specialist expertise
Collaborator Contribution Resources for research, analysis, publication related services
Impact Whitepaper, Industry round table
Start Year 2018
 
Description Megaprojects: A systematic literature review and research agenda 
Organisation Project Management Institute
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Denicol, J., Davies, A., & Krystallis produced a systematic review of the literature that was published in the Project Management Journal.
Collaborator Contribution PMI disseminated this research to its members (more than 500,000 members internationally)
Impact An article published in the Project Management Journal.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Multi-dimensional impacts of infrastructure project delivery in the UK (ESRC IAA) 
Organisation Department of Transport
Department Highways Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual input and expertise
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators in Highways England are providing access to data and information on the Complex Infrastructure Programme (CIP)
Impact A report will be published, in the public domain, in late 2021. It will be disseminated through a range of channels including academic publications
Start Year 2020
 
Description National Highways CIP 
Organisation Highways England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Academic expertise of Dr. Richard Kirkham, Dr Rehema Msulwa's research time (data collection and analysis)
Collaborator Contribution They have provided access to their data for research purposes
Impact Paper currently in review
Start Year 2020
 
Description PMI - Project X Video 
Organisation Project Management Institute
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Project X members were featured in the video
Collaborator Contribution PMI paid for production, editing, design and legal rights of the Project X Conference video
Impact A Project X video
Start Year 2021
 
Description Research Network - Department for Health and Social Care 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Department of Health and Social Care
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Alexander Budzier is providing specialist expertise
Collaborator Contribution Research resource
Impact Literature review of agile methodology; stimulating a research mindset and the evaluation of evidence in a group of practitioners (civil servants) that are part of the Agile Centre of Excellence at DHSC
Start Year 2018
 
Description Southern Water 
Organisation Southern Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research time: collection and analysis of data Academic expertise
Collaborator Contribution Secondment of Dr Rebecca Vine's PhD student
Impact PhD thesis
Start Year 2019
 
Description APM Blog - A systems-based approach can improve outsourcing in government projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Katherine Bloomfield proposed a systems thinking based approach for adding prerequisite value to the management of risk in the public sector's outsourcing process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/a-systems-based-approach-can-improve-outsourcing-in-government-projects/
 
Description APM Blog - Understanding project performance is key to driving economic, environmental and social value 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer and Dr Jas Kalra published a blog post that promotes their APM report on rethinking capabilities that was co-authored with Dr Rebecca Vine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/understanding-project-performance-is-key-to-driving-economic-environment...
 
Description APM Webinar - Leadership: Responding to complexity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer presented insights from her research on leadership, which sparked questions and discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.apm.org.uk/event/leadership-responding-to-complexity/
 
Description Academic member of Senior Advisory Board responsible for the ICE Report 'A Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery' authored by Andrew McNaughton. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Davies participated in the small senior steering group chaired by Andrew McNaughton (COO, Systra). The group included leaders of infrastructure delivery in the UK consisting of Nick Smallwood (IPA), John Holland Kaye (CEO Heathrow), Alison Nimmo, Emma Howard-Boyd (EA), Graham Dalton (DIO CE) and others. Prof Davies is a member of Steering Group implementing Systems Approach to Infrastructure Delivery (SAID) on infrastructure projects during 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ice.org.uk/news-and-insight/latest-ice-news/ice-report-calls-for-technological-focus
 
Description Applied Digital Economics & Policy Workshop: Construction and Infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Bennett Institute / Janeway Institute Digital Economics & Policy Initiative will be hosting several joint endeavours drawing on different sources of expertise and experiences in order to shape more effective policies. The focus is on data-enabled transformation of firms, market structure, and forms of organization. The approach will be to look into particular industries. Dr Rehema Msulwa is involved in this initiative.

The first workshop covered the policy implications of digital economics in construction and infrastructure markets. The starting hypothesis was that the introduction of digital tools at different stages of the supply chain (design-feasibility-construction-operation) has the potential to (a) change the structure of value creation and capture, and hence market structure, and (b) enhance productivity along with other measured and non-measured outcomes (quality, reduced waste, energy efficiency, safety, speed.). Digitalisation started slowly in the sector but seems to be progressing rapidly now.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://digital.econ.cam.ac.uk/conferences-and-workshops
 
Description Association of Project Management Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer, Dr Jas Kalra, and Dr Rebecca Vine contributed to podcast "from the Frontline" hosted by APM to examine their Rethinking Capabilities Report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description BRINK article: How Can We Evaluate an Infrastructure Project's Success-or Failure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav and Dr Rebecca Vine published an article in the BRINK, Digital News Service of the Marsh & McLennan Insights, that was titled 'How Can We Evaluate an Infrastructure Project's Success-or Failure'. This article was part of a weeklong series examining the challenges facing infrastructure around the world. Jon Phillips of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association was the series' guest editor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.brinknews.com/how-can-we-evaluate-an-infrastructure-projects-success-or-failure/
 
Description Benefits Realisation Management and the Public Sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was funded and hosted by the PMI, and delivered by our Project X researchers: Terry Williams, and Richard Kirkham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5f158300d87ba32558e51c2e/t/5f7335e83a0ad95f91c42c09/160138597...
 
Description Benefits Realisation Management: PLP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The following reports produced by the Project X community are being integrated into the PLP curriculum that will be taught in the next 5 years:
Williams, T., Vo, H., Bourne, M., Bourne, P., Kirkham, R., Masterton, G., Quattrone, P., Valette, J. (2018). Identifying and realizing project benefits: A cross-national comparison of benefits management practices - Phase 2: Effectiveness of frameworks in application [White Paper]. Project Management Institute
Williams, T, Hang, V, Bourne, M, Bourne, Bourne, P., Cooke-Davies, T, Kirkham, R., Masterton, G, Quattrone, P., Valette J. Benefits Realization Management. Project Management Institute (PMI).
Williams, T., Bourne, M., Bourne, P., Kirkham, R., Masterton, G., Quattrone, P., Toczycka, C., Vo, H. (2020). Identifying and realizing project benefits: A cross-national comparison of benefits management practices - Phase 3: Recommendations for improvement [White Paper]. Project Management Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Blog article 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The LSE blog examines the importance of reconceptualising the dynamics of impact generation in a modern information-based economy and the value of co-designed and co-produced research methods in developing complementary expertise between researchers and users. Project X is used to illustrate these points.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2022/02/07/by-focusing-on-outputs-rather-than-people-...
 
Description British accounting and Finance Association Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine presented her latest research 'governing foresight'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description British accounting and Finance Association Research Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contribution to research development for IPA professionals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Broadcast about worldwide shipping crisis, ABC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ABC News reached out to Project X associate fellow Dr Jas Kalra, asking him to present his expert opinion about supply chain disruptions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GWfQStvis0
 
Description CIMA/AICPA Women in Financial Leadership 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine was involved in the organisation and marketing of this event that brought together women finance leaders to talk about a variety of initiatives to rebalance board rooms and create inclusive pathways for women in the senior roles within the accountancy profession.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CPA Australia Careers Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine shared her expertise at this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CPA Australia Future Leaders Careers Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine shared her expertise at this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cabinet Office Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Project X Research Fellow, Dr Dicle Kortantamer was invited to contribute to two Cabinet Office's National Leadership Centre's (NLC) workshops organized with the Open Innovation Team in the government to inform the research agenda of NLC (20 academics invited to participate). (a) Workshop on systems leadership where Dicle was interviewed for a video (05.02.20) (b) Workshop on the impact of public service leadership on outcomes where Dicle led a workshop stream on distributed leadership (27.02.20)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Chair of the EURAM 2021 Conference Project Organising Megaprojects track 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol was the chair of the the Megaprojects track of the Project Organising special interest group at the EURAM 2021 conference. Scholars that research megaprojects attended this track, which sparked discussions about contemporary issues in the research and practice of megaprojects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Co-convenor for the sub-theme multi-level approaches to temporary inter-organising within EGOS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav was the co-convenor for the sub-theme multi-level approaches to temporary inter-organising within European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 37th colloquium (2021).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Contribution to the Accenture Capital Projects Report 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol and Professor Andrew Davies contributed lessons from recent research on megaprojects on the impact of technology to owner organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Convenor and member of the organising committee for the Multi-level Perspectives on Major and Megaprojects track, Project Organising Special Interest Group, EURAM Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav was the convenor and member of the organising committee for the track Multi-level Perspectives on Major and Megaprojects with the Project Organising Special Interest Group of the European Academy of Management 2021 conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Developing the Practice of Governance: National Highways 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Michael Bourne presented the report: Bourne, M, Parr, M. (2019). Developing the Practice of Governance. Association of Project Management (APM).
The questions focused on the need for HE to reassess all their projects in light of the pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Developing the Practice of Governance: PLP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mike Bourne presented the report "Bourne, M, Parr, M. (2019). Developing the Practice of Governance. Association of Project Management (APM)." to the PLP (Project Leadership Programme) cohort. In 2015 the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) selected Cranfield University School of Management, PA Consulting Group and an SME called The Project Academy (TPA) as a consortium to deliver the PLP as a continuation of the long term vision to develop project leadership skills across the public sector and create a new cadre of elite project leaders. This report is integrated into the PLP curriculum that will be taught within the next 5 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/research-centres/centre-for-business-performance/project-leadership-...
 
Description DfT High Speed Rail Leads Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Phillippa Groome was invited as a guest speaker. Early research findings were presented. She received requests for further information alongside a potential offer of participation. Interest focussed on how to socialise research findings across a consortium of High Speed Rail members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description DfT Ministerial quote and tweet 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In support of the publication of a policy research report a DfT minister, Andrew Stephenson, Minister of State, provided the following ministerial statement for publication on the GOV.UK website: 'If the Transport Labour Market is to address its future recruitment challenges and support the country's recovery from the pandemic, and make a significant contribution to our commitment to levelling up, then it needs to be a sector that is open to all. This research report was commissioned by the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) to independently explore some of the issues associated with equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The report focuses on gender across the UK's transport and infrastructure sectors and suggests ways the sector can be more diverse and inclusive. We must build on the progress made by STAT to enhance the diversity of the transport workforce to ensure it represents the society it serves. We want to work with industry to continue to make improvements in EDI practices at all organisational levels. A forthcoming Transport Labour Market and Skills Discussion Paper and industry-led taskforce will help to drive this work forward. Phillippa Groome's report is undoubtedly another important addition to the discourse on promoting workplace inclusion in the transport sector.'
On publication of a policy research report, a DfT minister, Andrew Stephenson, Minister of State, Tweeted out the publication to an audience of his 20,000 followers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description DfT Skills Leads meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In her role as DfT Policy Advisor for the Infrastructure Skills Team, Phillippa Groome attended and participated in meetings of DfT Skills Leads. She was invited as a guest speaker, early research findings were presented. This presentation stimulated a lot of curiosity and engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description DfT Transport Skills Re-strategy Workshops and Policy Report Review meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In her role as DfT Policy Advisor for the Infrastructure Skills Team Phillippa Groome attended and participated in re-strategy workshops with key industry stakeholders. The purpose of these workshops was to gather industry insights to inform DfT's upcoming Transport skills strategy. She also participated in a series of review meetings with the DfT Infrastructure skills Team and STAT representatives. In these meetings she would update the group on my research progress, discuss emerging findings and research outputs (policy report). These meetings informed the development of the research project. Feedback and requested edits were received in relation to the policy report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Director of the IPMA / UCL The Megaproject CEO Global Keynote Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol is the founder and director of this event. The global keynotes bring together 12 CEOs across two years to share some of the most advanced practices that are influencing the delivery of megaprojects around the world. Each keynote features one megaproject and explore how the CEO inspired teams through practices from their successful trajectory in managing complex projects globally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/news/2021/jun/ucl-and-ipma-launch-megaproject-ceo-global...
 
Description Discussion with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol and Professor Andrew Davies provided their expertise to the senior policy analyst in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding procurement and risk management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Discussion with the UK Green Party's Climate Emergency Policy Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol and Professor Andrew Davies provided their expertise on megaproject performance to the UK Green Party's Climate Emergency Policy Working Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ESRC Blogs "Delivering Impact in an expertise economy" and "Delivering Impact in an expertise economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A blog was written for the ESRC and UKRI staff that examines how the changing nature of the economy has resulted in new model of impact that requires different forms of research expertise and more collaborative working practices. Project X is used as exemplar that illustrates the value of this new approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Early Career Researcher Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This Project X training was held in collaboration with the University of Bath.

Experimental Design Research Methods Training

This course was held as a series of online workshops running weekly between 26th May to the 28th July 2020. A total of 12 Project X researchers were able to attend, present a research proposal and engage in group discussion.

The course aimed to:

Introduce Experimental Design as a research method, covering its strengths and challenges

Build familiarity with seminal texts through a 'Journal Club' style of student presentations

Develop skills in designing experimental research

Tutor: Dr Sam Johnson, University of Bath
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Early Career Researcher Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This Project X training was held in collaboration between Sussex University and Tilburg University.
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Training

This course was held as a series of online workshops running over the w/c 16th November 2020. A total of 27 Project X researchers were able to attend, present seminal research collaboratively and engage in group discussion.

The course aimed to:

Help students form an understanding of the differences between quantitative and qualitative research

Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of deductive, inductive and abductive forms of theorising

Familiarise students with different styles of and approaches to qualitative research, and how these can help in developing new theory

Tutor: Prof Niels Noorderhaven, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Gender Budgeting Meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine contributed to meetings in support of policy change and professional standard development with the AICPA and IFAC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Governance and the P word 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Richard Kirkham delivered a session on 'Governance and the P word (paperwork)' at the Project Restart Forum. He talked about his experience with large-scale Government projects, and mentioned the Project X APM report titled 'Project and Programme Research Centres: Lessons for Scholarship, Policy and Practice'. This session was accompanied by a blog post that was published on Knowledge Hub,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Governance in the government 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Michael Bourne has begun organising workshops with a small group of senior leaders in the government (SCS level 2 and 3), a small group of politicians and a small group of major suppliers to discuss issues about governance in the government. The intent is to bring the insights from these workshops together to make recommendations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Guest lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol gave a lecture on 'Megaproject Planning and Delivery' to the students in the Executive MSc in Cities course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Guest lecture at the University of Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol gave a lecture on 'Lessons from Systematic Literature Reviews as a method' to the students in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Highways England Virtual Lecture (Risk) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Budzier held a lunch & learn session; which led to further discussions of the research findings raised with various teams across the organization
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Highways England Virtual Lecture (Scope Creep) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex Budzier held a lunch & learn session; sharing recent research on the issue of scope creep in the portfolio of major projects in Victoria
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description IPA - Future Proposal Development Meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact These meetings are to frame an upcoming research proposal on equality, diversity and inclusion, and identify supporting parties. From these meetings, early 'buy-in' has been secured with a government department. Phillippa Groome has drafted an initial research proposal for submission to a funding body.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description IPMA Megaprojects Book Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol is the founder and director of the IPMA Megaprojects Book Club, curating and hosting the event. This is a global platform of events with leading Megaproject scholars. Invited authors include: Professor Andrew Davies, Professor Nuno Gil, Professor Bent Flyvbjerg, Professor Ralf Muller, Professor Nathalie Drouin, Professor Alfons van Marrewijk, Professor Shankar Sankaran.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ipma.world/launching-the-ipma-megaprojects-book-club-a-journey-of-challenging-so-what-qu...
 
Description Infrastructure Client Group - Equality, Diversity and inclusion Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Having received SeNSS Business Boost Funding, Phillippa Groome was able to host a business-government stakeholder workshop as an early scoping exercise to frame her research. After delivering this workshop, she was invited to continue attending the ICG EDI workstream as an advisor and administrative support. She was also approached by a senior civil servant to investigate a potential research collaboration (which she was able to secure).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Infrastructure and levelling up: A place-based or space blind policy approach 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rehema Msulwa discussed the role of place-based and space-blind policies for addressing productivity differences across the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/blog/infrastructure-and-levelling-space-blind-or-place-/
 
Description Infrastructure and long-term wellbeing: Expert Roundtables Wales Centre for Public Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Welsh Government asked the Wales Centre for Public Policy to conduct an overview of the evidence relating to the relationship between infrastructure investment and long-term wellbeing, with a particular focus on the ten wellbeing objectives which Ministers have specified in the 2021-2026 Programme for Government.

The two expert roundtables formed part of the work the WCPP were undertaking to respond to this evidence need. Each session brought together special advisers, senior officials and leading researchers who will provide brief overviews of the evidence in their area of expertise. Dr Rehema Msulwa participated in these sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.wcpp.org.uk/publication/well-being-briefings-for-public-services-boards/
 
Description International Leadership Association (ILA) Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer, Prof Andrew Davies, Dr Nick Marshall, Fiona Spencer (IPA), Gill Evans (HMRC) held a panel on 'Leading in a context of high uncertainty and sense of urgency' at the International Leadership Association's 2021 Conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keeping the UK Building Safely 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Richard Kirkham made a presentation to government officials and academics as part of the COVID-19 core national studies PROTECT programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keeping the UK building safely report news coverage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact News coverage of the report published as part of the PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment assesses the UK construction sector's efforts to build 'COVID-secure' workplaces:
https://cic.org.uk/news/article.php?s=2021-09-08-protect-covid-national-core-study
https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/covid19-national-project/2021/09/08/keeping-the-uk-building-safely-protect-report-examines-sectors-covid-19-response/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keynote invitation: Brazilian Infrastructure Law Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol share lessons from recent reviews on major and megaprojects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Keynote presentation at the Association for Project Management, APM Partner Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Davies and Dr Juliano Denicol, ''Megaprojects - A systematic review of causes and cures for poor performance', Keynote presentation at the Association for Project Management, APM Partner Forum, 8-9 February 2021, A virtual conference for the 500 APM Corporate Partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Lecture at the University of Sussex Business School, MSc in Project Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol was invited to give a lecture on Client Organisations in Megaprojects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MPA Wonderwall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr. Dicle Kortantamer was invited to contribute to Major Project Association's Opiner wonderwall on 'The climate and nature emergency - how do we make major projects part of the solution, not part of the problem?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://majorprojects.org/resources/how-do-we-make-major-projects-part-of-the-solution-not-part-of-t...
 
Description MSc Management of Projects degree course, The University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Richard Kirkham incorporated research from Project X into the MSc Management of Projects degree course at The University of Manchester, notably on MACE60085 (Risk Management) which features scholarship and guest lectures from Project X academics and civil servants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Making gender equality count 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Phillippa Groome's research on gender equality has been featured in key industry and government strategy reports:
Major Project Association's Gender balance interventions in major projects report: https://majorprojects.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/genderbalance1.pdf
STAT annual report feature (2020; p19) entitled: Transport Infrastructure Skills: Four Years of Progress: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/934395/DfT_Transport-Infrastructure-Skills-Strategy-four-years-of-progress-STAT-accessible.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Managing Innovation through Strategic Projects: Network Rail postgraduate training and development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Nick Marshall shared lessons from Project X Theme E Knowledge and Capabilities. Dr Vedran Zerjav shared lessons from Project X Theme B Front- and back-end management practices and their influence on project performance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Media coverage of the causes and cures of megaproject performance paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Denicol et. al (2020 )paper received significant media coverage, including
Daily Mail - Academics identify 18 reasons why 'megaprojects' so often fail.
New Civil Engineer - Study probes why megaprojects underperform.
Eng. & Technology - Researchers pinpoint why megaprojects like HS2 often fail.
Building - Industry's fragmentation has jacked up HS2 cost, Oakervee says.
Engineering News Record - UK Civil engineers proposes new project delivery approach.
KHL International Construction - New research examines why megaprojects fail.
Management Today - What HS2 can teach you about project failure.
The Boar - The trouble with megaprojects.
Inverse - The world's most jaw-dropping megaprojects fail for these reasons.
Modern Diplomacy - Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project: A Critical Review.
Tribune (Pakistan) - Why do megaprojects fail?
El Espectador (Colombia) - Se identifican las razones por las que fracasan los megaproyectos en el mundo.
Daily Times (Pakistan) - Will BRT Peshawar stand for 100 years?
SciTechDaily - 18 reasons why megaprojects fail and 54 presentative solutions.
Science Daily - Reasons why megaprojects fail.
My Science - Reasons why megaprojects fail.
Science Bulletin - Academics identify 18 reasons why megaprojects fail, 54 solutions.
Phys.org - Academics identify 18 reasons why megaprojects fail.
UCL News - Reasons why megaprojects fail.
Inverse - Coronavirus: what building airports can teach us about how to respond.
Medium - Academics identify 18 reasons why megaprojects often fail, 54 solutions.
Medium - The causes and cures of poor megaproject performance.
In-Sights - Delusion, deception, inertia.
In-Sights - BC NDP arming opponents.
The horizons tracker - Why megaprojects so often fail.
Spokes of the wheel - Megaprojects.
The Oakland Group - Why organisations need intelligent forecasting.
Alice Technologies - Left Turn at Albuquerque: Why Major Construction Projects Fail.
Leadership in Transportation - The mobility ecosystem.
Sage Perspectives - Is COVID-19 the Largest Megaproject of Modern History?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Megaproject review featured on the Government Project Delivery Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The article connecting the concepts of the megaproject review led by Dr Juliano Denicol with the management of Covid-19 as a global megaproject was featured as the leading story in the Government Project Delivery Newsletter on 15th May 2020. This newsletter is produced by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and the main source of communication to all project professionals across the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Multi-dimensional Impacts of Infrastructure Project Delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This webinar explored the concept of 'multi-dimensional impacts' of infrastructure project delivery in the UK and internationally.

Infrastructure project delivery in the UK, and the role of the economic and social sciences in shaping the public's understanding of how the benefits of investment are identified, justified managed and realised is the focus of this seminar - part of the Manchester ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description National Highways Complex Infrastructure programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Series of seminars on Project X research publications delivered by the authors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description National Infrastructure Commission Expert Roundtable on Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Towns 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The government asked the National Infrastructure Commission to carry out a study examining infrastructure, towns and regeneration. Dr Rehema Msulwa was invited to participate in an expert roundtable advising on some of the economic issues that they should be considering in their work on this.

The study was looking at how to maximise the benefits of infrastructure policy and investment for towns. It focused attention on places outside city centres, specifically towns and suburban centres.

For more details see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nic-infrastructure-towns-and-regeneration-study-terms-of-reference/terms-of-reference-for-study-on-infrastructure-towns-and-regeneration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://nic.org.uk/studies-reports/infrastructure-towns-and-regeneration/infrastructure-towns-regene...
 
Description Nominal Group 1. London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mike Lewis organised first of a series of Nominal Group Technique workshops with senior project professionals to explore the distinct issues encountered during the earliest, 'front end' and final, 'back end' phases of major projects?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nominal Group 2. London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mike Lewis organised the second of a series of Nominal Group Technique workshops with senior project professionals to explore the distinct issues encountered during the earliest, 'front end' and final, 'back end' phases of major projects?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nominal Group 3. Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Third of a series of Nominal Group Technique workshops with senior project professionals to explore the distinct issues encountered during the earliest, 'front end' and final, 'back end' phases of major projects? Professor Mike Lewis carried this out at the request of the Scottish Government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.evensi.uk/project-delivery-event-delivering-silos-conference-room-1/281309755
 
Description Nuclear (Decommissioning) Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mike Lewis organised a seminar with Giorgio Locatelli and a debate at Bath, sponsored by HPC lab and invites to EDF etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Panel member: Institute for Reform of Relations between State and Companies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol and Professor Andrew Davies were panel members with Venilton Tadini, President of the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure and Basic Industries (ABDIB) and Professor Nuno Gil. This forum receives prominent industrial and political figures, including governors, senators, and past presidents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Parliamentary Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer, Project X Research Fellow, contributed to a parliamentary debate resulting in publication: Appendix 1: COP26: Principles and priorities-a POST survey of expert views (see URL)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmbeis/1000/100004.htm
 
Description Participation in the New York Supply Chain Management Meets-up 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol provided expertise at the roundtable of Construction Technology and Supply Chains, transferring lessons from the UK to the USA market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Policy coverage of the causes and cures of megaproject performance paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Denicol et al. (2020) paper was cited by various policy maker reports, including:
Institution of Civil Engineers - A systems approach to infrastructure delivery.
Resolution Foundation - Euston, we have a problem. Is Britain ready for an infrastructure revolution?
Stockholm Environment Institute. Bigger is sometimes better: demonstrating hydrogen steelmaking at scale.
This paper also informed the UK parliament:
1) Committee 1: Major transport infrastructure projects: appraisal and delivery
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/887/major-transport-infrastructure-projects-appraisal-and-delivery/publications/written-evidence/?page=2
Document mentioned: HTML: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/21458/html/
2) Committee 2: Lessons from major projects and programmes
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/762/lessons-from-major-projects-and-programmes/publications/written-evidence/
Document mentioned: HTML: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/17307/html
3) Committee 3: The Government's management of its major projects
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/71/the-governments-management-of-its-major-projects/publications/written-evidence/
Document mentioned 1: HTML: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/6702/html/
Document mentioned 2: HTML: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/2446/html/
4) Committee 4: Major transport infrastructure projects: appraisal and delivery
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/887/major-transport-infrastructure-projects-appraisal-and-delivery/
Document mentioned: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/21458/pdf/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation - Invitation by the Head of Systems Integration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Juliano Denicol and Professor Andrew Davies were invited by the Head of Systems Integration to present their PMJ paper on causes and cures of megaproject performance and recommendations on complexity and systems with the aim to transform the findings into actions that would be implemented at HS2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at a Research Seminar, School of Management, University of Bath 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Siavash Alimadadi gave a presentation titled 'A Matter of Urgency: The anatomy of a strategic decision making process'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the 8th Concept Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Terry Williams and Hang Vo prepared the presentation, "The front end of projects - structuring using a PMI literature survey", and Terry Williams gave the presentation at the The 8th Concept Symposium: Governing Megaprojects, organised by Norwegian University of Science and Technology's - Concept Research Program.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the Concerto Workshop, organised by the IPA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop included assurance reviewers for the UK government major projects. Professor Terry Williams and Hang Vo presented at Session 2: Project X - discussion on the assurance review process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the Innovation in Participation and delivery of Complex Projects seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav was invited make a contribution to the Innovation in Participation and delivery of Complex Projects seminar by the chair of Innovative and Industrial Construction, Institute of Construction and Infrastructure Management, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the Research Seminars, The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Siavash Alimadadi gave a presentation titled 'Organizing front end in large-scale projects: Rethinking theoretical frames'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the University of Lund 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Dicle Kortantamer presented her findings from the research on Cuckmere Cummunity Solar to the CIRCLE research group at the Lund University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation for the Infrastructure Programme and Mega Project Research, SPRU, University of Sussex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Siavash Alimadadi made a presentation on organizing practices at the early stages of megaprojects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to the Continuous Learning Steering Group, Programme of Restoration and Renewal of the Houses of Parliament. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Siavash Ali Madadi and Professor Andrew Davies presented their findings and recommendations to the new programme team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to the NOMP group, Malardalen university 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Siavash Alimadadi presented the paper titled 'A palace fit for the future: Desirability in temporal work'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation to the UK group of the Project Managers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency movement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav was Invited talk for the UK group of the Project Managers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency movement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Professor Andrew Davies is helped to develop new Systems Integration Module for Project Initiation Routemap created by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Davies is working with a small IPA team bringing together Industry and Academic experts to advise on how specific elements of the IPA Project Initiation Routemap could be enhanced through this refresh. A specific part of this will be the creation of a new Module on Systems Integration. The Technical Group for this new module is Chaired by Professor Tim Broyd.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-infrastructure-delivery-project-initiation-rout...
 
Description Project & Programme Institutions: A Formative Benchmarking Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research featured in the ICCPM Connect E-Magazine (Aug 2020) in relation to the research project: Project & Programme Institutions: A Formative Benchmarking Study. An exclusive excerpt of the report was published in the International Centre for Complex Projects (ICCPM) CONNECT e-Magazine, Issue 37: August 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://iccpm.com/news-connect37/
 
Description Project Governance: From Data to Recommendations to Action or Inaction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was funded and hosted by the PMI, and is available to PMI members.

Assurance reviews are essential to the overall good governance of major public projects and programs; in this webinar, we explore some of the challenges around framing and implementing assurance review recommendations during the life-cycle. PMI have funded a research study led by The University of Hull, which seeks to uncover how the treatment of assurance review data influences recommendations and the subsequent actions (or inactions) that arise, using a definitive set of data. During the webinar, we discuss some of the implications arising from the findings of this study, explore suggestions for improving current assurance processes in practice and identify recommendations for future research.

This webinar was delivered by our Project X researchers: Hang Vo, Terry Williams, and Richard Kirkham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Project Management Institute Webinar - The Ingredients of Successful Megaproject Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was funded and hosted by the PMI, and delivered by our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.projectmanagement.com/contentPages/webinar.cfm?ID=626183&thisPageURL=/webinars/626183/Th...
 
Description Project X Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a one day event.
In the morning session there was a lively debate between academics, industry and UK government champions to examine next steps in the transition to Net Zero given the recent IPCC's report and warning from the UN Secretary-General of "code red for humanity", and then National Audit Office shared lessons learnt for projects delivered at Speed based on the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in the UK. The morning ended with a thoughtful discussion of the challenges of sustaining a reflexive learning mindset based on the latest Project X capabilities research.

In the afternoon there were parallel sessions, focusing on: (1) How and when to apply data analytics to improve project delivery performance (2) Pathways to improve benefits realisation and the importance of leadership buy-in, governance, reporting and a benefits driven-culture (3) What works from our governance research. (4) Latest thinking on organisational capability implied by the latest Transforming Infrastructure Performance report from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (UK Cabinet Office).

In the final session of the day the speaker was Dame Meg Hillier, MP Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. The session, chaired by Richard Kirkham explored lessons learnt and Seven Deadly Sins. There was a Q&A with Prof Paul Nightingale considering learning from citizen engagement, importance of engaging with MPs and expectations of academics providing select committee evidence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Project X Introductory Video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An introductory video to Project X has produced collaboratively across academics, professional bodies and civil servants. This video has been embedded onto the front page of the Project X website and circulated via our mailing list, Linked-in and Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaI_tFO5aGk&t=6s
 
Description Project X Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Social media channel to circulate Project X current and completed research and upcoming events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020,2021
URL https://twitter.com/ipaprojectx?lang=en
 
Description Project X Videos 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine, Dr Jas Kalra, Dr Siavash Alimadadi, Dr Katherine Bloomfield, Phillippa Groome, Hang Vo, Phoebe Young, Baker Rickaby and Francesca Vinci were featured in short videos where they shared their experiences of being a part of Project X.
A Project X introduction video was also produced, featuring various Project X members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Project leadership: PLP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The following report was integrated to the PLP curriculum
Coleman, S, Bourne, M. (2018). Project leadership: skills, behaviours, knowledge and values. Association of Project Management (APM).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) Inquiry - The Government's management of its major projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is a follow-up to the PACAC inquiry in 2019 where 4 Project X academics gave evidence to the committee. Project X provided written evidence to the committee that fed into the final report 'Delivering the Government's infrastructure commitments through major projects, published 28th July 2021. This report delved a series of recommendations to improved the deliverability of the UK governments major project portfolio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/work/71/the-governments-management-of-its-major-projects/publicatio...
 
Description Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) Inquiry - The Government's management of its major projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee held an inquiry into how well the governments major projects are managed by Government. The inquiry asks cross-cutting questions about how well the Government delivers projects, its ability to learn from mistakes, and the usefulness of published information for holding the Government to account.
Project X was represented by 4 leading academics into project delivery. Their testimony was informative to PACAC members and fed into the recommendations from the committee. It increased awareness of Project X research with project professionals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/c0f92d7e-fd18-4bff-b3a6-a904ba5d99af
 
Description Research Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Publication research conducted by Dr Rebecca Vine: Riskwork in the Construction of Heathrow terminal Two
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bettergovprojects.com/latest-news/latest-research-riskwork-in-the-construction-of-heathr...
 
Description Research Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Publication of a Blog on research conducted by Dr Juliano Denicol: What are the Causes and Cures of Poor Megaproject Performance?. This research has had extensive impact (see SAGE's Attention score 256: https://sage.altmetric.com/details/76065741)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bettergovprojects.com/latest-news/what-are-the-causes-and-cures-of-poor-megaproject-perf...
 
Description Research presentation, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav gave a research presentation on 'Boundaries, Transitions and Value in Projects- The Setting of Infrastructure' at the BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research seminar, Delft University of Technology. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav game a research seminar on 'How to Deliver and Switch on Infrastructure, Infrastructure Design and Management Section' at the Delft University of Technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research seminar, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Vedran Zerjav gave a research seminar on 'Conceptual, Theoretical and Methodological Considerations for Research on Infrastructure Projects' at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SRO accountabilities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Michael Hayle presented his PhD on 'Experiencing accountability: The impact of the Osmotherly Rules on the Senior Responsible Owners of major public projects' to IPA colleagues, and they discussed and reflected on them. His findings were fed into IPA's thinking on how to strengthen support around the role of the SRO, and into work supporting Project Speed, which led ultimately to new measures set out in the National Infrastructure Strategy (though of course Michael's work was among a number of contributory elements).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SeNSS Business Engagement Conference 2017/18 Filming 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Phillippa Groome was featured in this filming undertaken by SeNSS to raise awarness of future funding opportunities to prospective students and to showcase the impact of their funding initiative on building the capacity of early career researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnm_e59UMBU&t=1s
 
Description SeNSS Business Engagement Conference 2017/18 Speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Having been awarded SeNSS 'Business Boost' Engagement funding in 2018, Phillippa Groome was invited to present my experience of working with business/ government to a group of interested post-graduate students. The purpose of the talk was to share the benefits and challenges of this type of research method, with the ultimate aim of encouraging fellow students. The speech was well received by peers and seniors. Following this event, Phillippa was invited to take part in the SeNSS Summer Conference as a Panellist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57b6c63d3e00be2170fc88f4/t/5d0785532d014700015f881a/156077401...
 
Description SeNSS Summer Conference 2017/18 Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Phillippa Groome's work was featured in this newsletter published by SeNSS to raise awareness of future funding opportunities to prospective students and to showcase the impact of their funding initiative on building the capacity of early career researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar Series on Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Characterising (and closing?) the accountability-capability gap in complex public procurement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This series of seminars, hosted by The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, sought to accompany the Grenfell Inquiry by discussing the key aspects that led to the disaster in an academic setting. Dr Rehema Msulwa contributed to this series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/events/2020/oct/seminar-series-grenfell-tower-inquiry
 
Description Seminar on Levelling up': Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy/Bennett Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Levelling up: Capital Infrastructure
In the second of CSAPs 'Levelling up' seminar series organised in conjunction with The Bennett Institute, Dr Rehema Msulwa (Research Associate, Bennett Institute) opened the conversation on the role of infrastructure in relation to levelling up. Policy Fellow Zoë Billingham (Head of Policy, Centre for Progressive Policy) and Stephen Aldridge (Director for Analysis and Data at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) were first to respond and further the discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/news/article-levelling-capital-infrastructure/
 
Description Session with senior executives from the OECD: Public Procurement Division, Public Governance Directorate at the IPMA World Congress in Russia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our associate Project X researcher Dr Juliano Denicol organised a session with OECD's Head of Public Procurement and the Procurement Strategy Lead at the IPMA World Congress in Russia, which sparked questions and discussions at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Sit Down with State-Up: Dr Rehema Msulwa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the series 'Sit Down with StateUp', StateUp interviews leading experts to hear their stories and share their insights focused on innovation, government and public purpose. Dr Rehema Msulwa was the first interview in the series as a StateUp Expert Affiliate specialising in Infrastructure and the Built Environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://stateup.co/sit-down-with-stateup-dr-rehema-msulwa/
 
Description Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Task Force meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine contributed to meetings in support of Project X future research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Ingredients of Successful Megaproject Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar led by Andrew Davies and Juliano Denicol presented the results of a two-year research project funded by the Project Management Institute about the performance of megaprojects. Researchers conducted a systematic review of the megaproject management literature, in which over 6,000 scientific papers were analysed to identify the causes and cures to address poor megaproject performance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Three things that could help save Christmas 2021 from shortages, The Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Jas Kalra and Professor Jens Roehrich wrote an article on 'Three things that could help save Christmas 2021 from shortages' for The Conversation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theconversation.com/three-things-that-could-help-save-christmas-2021-from-shortages-167072
 
Description WeReach event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine talked about her professional career, gender-based research interests and Project X activities to women leaders. This resulted in invitations to other events linked to gender equality, gender budgeting, women in financial leadership and women in public finance (with her CIMA colleagues). This also linked to PhD programme that Phillippa Groome joined at Sussex.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website Research Depository 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Website designed, populated and maintained by grant funding. Provides an engagement point with stakeholders to introduce Project X and showcase completed and current research, upcoming events and news relating to the grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020,2021
URL https://www.bettergovprojects.com/
 
Description What does levelling up mean for Cambridge and the wider region? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Bennett Institute for Public Policy hosted an event as part of the University's Cambridge Festival that asked what does 'levelling up' mean for Cambridge and the wider region? 

Chair
Dr Julian Huppert, Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, Cambridge, and former MP for Cambridge
Speakers
Sam Davies, Queen Edith's Community Forum
Lawrence Morris, Policy and Programme Manager, Cambridge Ahead
Councillor Alex Collis, Deputy Mayor of Cambridge
Rehema Msulwa, Research Associate, Bennett Institute for Public Policy

For more information see https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/events/levelling-up-cambridge/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YW6E5CpSk0
 
Description What is the role of infrastructure in relation to levelling up? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rehema Msulwa discussed how putting new infrastructure in place is a long-term endeavour that will require political consensus and a changed approach to project appraisal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/blog/what-role-infrastructure-relation-levelling/
 
Description Women in Public Finance Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine shared her expertise at the networking group developing career pathways for women in finance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Women in finance leadership mentor 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Vine was a mentor of a woman who holds a leadership position at Deutsche Bundesbank, sharing her experience and expertise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Written Evidence Submitted by the University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In February 2021 Dr Richard Kirkham contributed to a parliamentary debate on research funding from HoC STC, arguing that government needs to understand that very high risk projects will require three parliamentary cycles to deliver benefits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/8270/html/