Project Leadership for a Changing World

Professor Richard J Badham

Professor Richard J Badham is Professor of Project Leadership in the School of Project Management and Director of the Executive Leadership in Major Projects Program in the John Grill Institute at the University of Sydney.  His academic research is focused on leading innovation and change, with particular attention to power and politics, paradox and irony in leadership development. 
Richard has held appointments as Professor of Management and Associate Dean Research at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Director of the Centre for Managing Change and Foundation BHP Professor of Innovation at Wollongong University and Senior Von Humboldt Fellow at the Fraunhofer IPK (Berlin). He has developed and led innovation projects and leadership programs for the European Commission, the West German Government, Datacom, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA, BHP Steel, Ford, James Hardies and Hoover, as well as numerous other government agencies and corporations in Australia and worldwide.  He is the author of the best selling academic text Power, Politics and Organizational Change (Sage Third Edition 2020), the forthcoming book Ironies of Organizational Change (Edward Elgar, 2022) and Theories of Industrial Society (Routledge Classics in Social Theory, 2014) as well as over 100 academic articles, book chapters and commissioned documentaries and short plays on organizational innovation and change.

Professor Andrew Davies

­­Professor Andrew Davies is the RM Phillips Freeman Chair and Professor of Innovation Management in SPRU, University of Sussex Business School. He is Honorary Professor the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London (UCL) and Visiting Professor in the Department of Business and Management, LUISS, Rome. In 2020 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management and in 2018 he was Distinguished Visiting Scholar (2018) in the School of the Built Environment within the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney.
Professor Davies is a researcher, educator, consultant and advisor who is fascinated by understanding and making innovation happen in complex megaprojects, with a focus on large-scale infrastructure in the built environment such as railway, metro, highways, utility systems, national heritage buildings, Olympics and urban developments. He has developed high-level research collaborations with leaders of some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects including Heathrow (T5, T2 and 3rd runway), London Olympics, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Tunnel, High-Speed 1 & 2 and Westminster Palace Restoration and Renewal Project. His work shows that successful performance depends on a highly capable owner and leadership team, developing and supporting innovation, and establishing the capabilities to design and integrate complex systems. His research-led teaching at MSc, MBA, PhD and executive levels is informed by in-depth collaborations with some of the UK’s largest and most significant infrastructure projects.
Professor Davies is author of Projects: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford University Press, 2017), which was awarded the prestigious Project Management Institute (PMI) David I. Cleland Literature Award. He is also author of the The Business of Projects: Managing Innovation in Complex Products and Systems, Cambridge University Press (2005), co-authored with Michael Hobday, and The Business of Systems Integration, Oxford University Press (2003, 2005), co-edited with Andrea Prencipe and Michael Hobday. He has published in a range of management journals such as California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Organization Studies, Industrial Marketing Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Production and Operations Management, Project Management Journal and International Journal of Project Management.

Nathalie Drouin

Nathalie Drouin, PhD, MBA, LL.B. is the Executive Director at KHEOPS, an International Research Consortium on the Governance of Large Infrastructure Projects, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, a full professor at the Department of Management, École des Sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia and Associate Researcher at École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), Canada.

She teaches initiation and strategic management of projects in the Graduate Project Management Programs at ESG UQAM. Her research has been funded by various research councils. The result of her work has been published in major academic journals and presented at several international conferences. She is looking at organizational project management, leadership issues and megaprojects. She is a former member of the PMI Insight Academic Group. 

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal (CARGO M) and an Audit Committee Member of Parks Canada Agency Audit Committee, Government of Canada. With Ralf Müller and Shankar Sankaran, she has won the 2019 Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award for the following paper: Müller, R., Sankaran, S., Drouin, N. (2019) A Model of Organizational Project Management and its Validation Project and Program Symposium Vol.2 Edition 1. 17 October p.5-20, as well as the 2019 International Project Management Association IPMA Research Award for the research work: Müller, R., Drouin, N., Sankaran, S. (2018) Balancing Person-Centric and Team-Centric Leadership in Projects. White Paper, Project Management Institute May.  

Dr Nader Naderpajouh

Dr Naderpajouh is a scholar of risk and resilience in project studies, with the current main research interest on the topic of “organising for resilience.” Currently he is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Research Education and Post Graduate Coordinator at the University of Sydney, while he leads the Organising for Resilience in the Built Environment (ORIBE) research group. He also has an honorary position at RMIT University, where he previously worked as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (2016-2021). Among his previous appointment he was RMIT Europe Fellow (2019), Adjunct Professor at the University of Tehran (2017), and Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University (2014-2016). 

He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management in Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as well as the Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of several journals including the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM), while he serves as a referee for over 25 academic journals. His main area of research focuses on collective actions and organising for resilience and extreme contexts across social, technical and ecological systems, and these research streams have been studied through a portfolio of 19 research projects (totalling over A$13,5M) from a range of national and international, public and private organisations. His professional experience includes working for a multi-national joint venture in underground construction with Jäger Bau GmbH of Austria, as well as working as a member of a structural design team in mid/high-rise buildings. He is passionate about the discourse of social justice and equity, in addition to the climate crisis, and these values are foundational in his active research on the topics of resilience, collective action, innovation and infrastructure management.

Professor Jennifer Whyte

Jennifer Whyte is Director of the John Grill Institute for Project Leadership and Head of School of Project Management, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney (2021-).
She retains a position at Imperial College London, where she was Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, and the Royal Academy of Engineering and Laing O’Rourke Professor of Systems Integration in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015-2021), and she retains an affiliation. At Stanford University (2015), she was Shimizu Visiting Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Her first degree is from University of Cambridge and her PhD from Loughborough University. She did postdoctoral research at SPRU, University of Sussex, and Imperial College London.

Her research has led to extensive work with industry and policy. She co-curated the World Economic Forum (WEF) ‘Engineering and Construction’ Transformation Map (2016-2019). She is on the a Senior Advisory Group (2021-) of the UK’s Construction Leadership Council (2019-2021). She sits on the UK’s EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team; is a Board Member of the ICSF ‘Transforming Construction’ Advisory Board; and previously sat on the MHCLG Building Safely Committee (2018-2019). She has worked with Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority to deliver Singapore’s Integrated Digital Delivery strategy, draw on her research to train more than 100 senior executives.

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2021 Symposium – Project Leadership in a Changing World

The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership hosted an international symposium with leading researchers in the field on 10 November 2021.

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