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Tywoniak, Stephane

Tywoniak, Stephane

Associate Professor
M.Sc. (Institut d'Études Politiques), M.B.A. (Manchester Business School ), D.E.A. (Research Master) (Université Paris-X Nanterre/HEC School of Management), Ph.D. (HEC School of Management )
DMS 5120
613-562-5800 x 4012
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Stephane Tywoniak is professor of Complex Project Management at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (Canada). He has over twenty years' experience teaching strategy, systems thinking, entrepreneurship and project management. His academic coordination track record includes: La Rochelle Business School (Project Management and Entrepreneurship Master's majors) MBA Director (Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Brisbane, Australia -2014/15); Academic Director and Founder, Executive Master in Complex Project Management (QUT, 2007/08 and 2012/14), PhD Coordinator (QUT School of Management, 2008/10).

He has extensive experience in executive education and consulting with major project-based organisations in government and industry (Australia, UK, Canada, USA).

Research areas

His main research interest is the strategic interactions between business and society in complex projects/programs and strategic decision making, with a specific interest on how business organisations gain, maintain, and lose legitimacy. He has been published in Organization, International Journal of Project Management, and other international journals. He serves as the associate editor for project management on the editorial board of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, and as the associate editor for institutional theory and strategy on the editorial board of Journal of Management and Organization.

Research Areas
  • Management

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • Tywoniak, S.A. and Bredillet, C.N. Project Governance and Risk Management: from First Order Economizing to Second Order Complexity. In Sankaran, S., Muller, R. and Drouin, N.. Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management. UK: Cambridge, 2017.
  • Bredillet, C.N., Tywoniak, S.A. and Dwivedula, R. The rigour vs. relevance debate within the Project. In Wagner, R. and Rietiker, S.. Theory meets Practice in Projects. GPM Book Series / IPMA, 2014.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Bredillet, C.N., Tootoonchy, M. and Tywoniak, S.A. 2017. Exploring the dynamics of project management office and portfolio management co-evolution: A routine lens. International Journal of Project Management.
  • Bredillet, C.N. and Tywoniak, S.A. 2016. Genesis of the special issue. International Journal of Project Management, 34(7): 1322-1327.
  • Tywoniak, S.A., Tootoonchy, M. and Bredillet, C.N. 2015. Grasping The Dynamics Of Co-Evolution Between Pmo And Pfm: A Boxchanging Multilevel Exploratory Research Grounded In A Routine. Journal of Modern Project Management, 2(3): 90-107.
  • Bredillet, C.N., Tywoniak, S.A. and Dwivedula, R. 2015. What is a good project manager? An Aristotelian perspective. International Journal of Project Management, 33(2): 254-266.
  • Bredillet, C.N., Tywoniak, S.A. and Dwivedula, R. 2015. Reconnecting Theory and Practice in Pluralistic Contexts: Issues and Aristotelian Considerations. Project Management Journal, 46(2): 6-20.
  • Coeurderoy, R., Davidsson, P., Lwango, A., Murray, G. and Tywoniak, S.A. 2013. L'internationalisation des jeunes entreprises de hautes technologies : Le rôle des compétences internationales des fondateurs [The internationalization of new technology based firms : the role of the international skills of founding teams]. Finance, Contrôle, Stratégie, 16(1).
  • Bartlett, J. and Tywoniak, S.A. 2011. Stability and change. Journal of Management and Organization, 17: 522-533.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2014 QUT Teaching and Learning Grant Developing Threshold Course Learning Outcomes for Complex Project Management AQF Level 8 and 9 R O PI $ 0
2011-2012 High Commission of Canada in Australia Social Legitimacy of Oil Sands Mining R G PI $ 60,000

*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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