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Management Research Seminar Series : Toward an improved Project Complexity management and praxis: adding value through actionable classification and typology?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Christophe Bredillet, PhD

Professor, Organizational Project Management

Université du Québec à Trois Rivières

I propose to discuss and share views on opportunity to add value to project complexity management and praxis through two interrelated approaches:1) a classification approach of project complexity based on “fitness for purpose”, including middle-range theories supporting practice to explain the behavior of and cope with a particular category or class? and2) a typology approach of project complexity “identifying multiple ideal types, each of which representing a unique combination of the attributes [of project complexity] that are believed to determine the relevant outcome(s)” i.e. “fitness for purpose”. This typology can be the foundation for the development of: a) a grand theory that accounts for the “fitness for purpose” and support the design of complexity frameworks? and b) middle-range theories that factor in various “explanatory sets of [complexity] types” in different settings, supporting actionable practice.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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About the Speaker

Professor Christophe N. Bredillet, PhD, D.Sc., is professor of organizational project management at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He is director of the DBA program and of the University of Quebec network of postgraduate (masters) programs in project management. He is vice-president and scientific director, Société française pour l’avancement du Management de Projet (SMaP / IPMA). He specializes in the fields of portfolio, program, and project management (P3M). His main interests and research activities are in the field of philosophy of science and practice in P3M, including dynamic evolution of the field, bodies of knowledge, standards, and their link with capability development, capacity building, governance, and performance. He received the prestigious Manfred Saynish Foundation for Project Management (MSPM)—Project Management Innovation Award 2012 for his contribution to a philosophy of science with respect to complex project management and the IPMA Research Achievement Award 2016 for the outstanding contribution to project related knowledge through research.

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