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Is ignorance good or bad for projects? - MSc in Management (MGT)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lt. Col. John By overseeing the building of the Rideau Canal. Watercolour by C.W.

Why and What is an MSc – Demystifying Research

A thesis-based Master’s of Science (MSc) is all about learning how to do rigorous and publishable research. But time and again you hear about “research” - and you wonder what it really is, and why you’d even care.

Come join us to experience our MSc in Management, by attending a November 15 special class given by our world-renowned program director, Professor Lavagnon Ika (IPMA research award winner 2017).

This interactive talk is the perfect opportunity to experience our MSc in Management in a classroom setting.  If you want to know in lay terms how cool doing research can be, our brand-new series "Demystifying Research" is for you.

Professor Ika Asks “Is Ignorance Good or Bad for Project Managers?”

As Colonel By surveyed the construction of the Rideau Canal (see picture), one of Canada’s largest ever projects, you can imagine him thinking, “maybe a little research would have helped!”

Many are of the opinion that ignorance can be bad because it leads to starting projects that should not have been started.  On the other hand, others have the opinion that ignorance can be rather good, because if people had known in advance the real costs and difficulties of the project, no project would ever be approved! Who is right? Who is wrong? Could “research” in the field of project management (PM) hold the answer?

This interactive talk will confront the two contrasting perspectives and illustrate, with examples and in down-to-earth terms, the theoretical principles behind them. Professor Ika will recount how he arrived at the conclusion that research in the field of PM is  both interesting AND valuable.

About Professor Ika

Picture of Lavagnon Ika

Lavagnon IKA, PhD
Program Director, MSc in Management
Associate Professor
Telfer School of Management


Lavagnon Ika is Associate Professor of Project Management (PM) and Program Director for the MSc in Management at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa. Over the past 18 years, he has taught PM at the B.Com and MBA/EMBA levels in both the French and English languages, mainly in Canada but also in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently teaching in the brand-new Telfer’s executive Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership.

Professor Ika received the Emerald Outstanding Paper Award in 2017, the Emerald Highly Commended Paper Award in 2011, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Research Award in 2017, and the IPMA Research Contribution of a Young Researcher Award in 2012. He was awarded the Telfer’s Innovative Researcher Award in 2017. Two of his papers are among the most cited papers in top PM journals since 2011. Many of his papers are praised by PM practitioners. For example, one is cited in a recent World Bank’s concept note.

A light lunch will be offered. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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RSVP deadline:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

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Contact Information

Sophéanie Bertrand-Poitras
613-562-5800 x4297

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