Last week one of the leading conferences in the field of business and management took place in Dublin, Ireland. Over 1,500 people attended the European Academy of Management (EURAM) annual conference to discuss latest research in the field across 14 different special interest groups (SIG).
[left to right: Yazan Alzoubi, Joseph Watton, Dicle Kortantamer, Christine Unterhitzenberger, Rodney Turner, Ata Babaei, Luca Sabini]
Members of the LCP are strongly involved in this community and presented five papers within the Project Organising SIG:
Yazan Alzoubi (PhD researcher) presented with his co-authors Giorgio Locatelli (Polytecnico di Milano, Italy), Tristano Sainati (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway) and Kris Woodley (Senior Lecturer in Construction Management) his paper on Let's Not Ignore the Obvious: Modern Slavery in the UK Construction Sector
Ata Babaei (PhD researcher) presented with his co-authors Giorgio Locatelli (Polytecnico di Milano, Italy), Tristano Sainati (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway) and Jeanne Liedtka (University of Virginia, USA) his paper on Planning Social Value for Infrastructure Megaprojects Using Design Thinking
Luca Sabini (Associate Professor in Project Management) presented with his co-author Natalya Sergeeva (University College London, UK) their paper on Sustainability Work and the Continuous Crafting of Workplace Identity
Rodney Turner (Professor in Project Management) presented with his co-author Francesco di Maddaloni (University College London, UK) their paper on Investigating Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Local Authorities and Project-Based Organisations: A Systematic Review and Future Agenda for Megaproject Management
Christine Unterhitzenberger (Director LCP and Associate Professor in Project Management) presented her paper on Governance for Sustainable Project Management
[Ata Babaei presenting his work]
Additionally, Dicle Kortantamer (Lecturer in Project Management) led a symposium on A Good Life in and through Projects with panelists Phillippa Groome (University of Sussex, UK) and Christine Unterhitzenerger which facilitated thought provoking discussions.
[Phillippa Groome, Dicle Kortantamer and Christine Unterhitzenberger]
Joe Watton and Yazan Alzoubi (PhD researchers) also participated in the EURAM Doctoral Colloquium which takes place the two days before the full conference. Joe presented his work on Benchmarking project practice: How do project teams actually “do” cost reduction? and Yazan shared his work on modern slavery.
[Yazan Alzoubi and Joe Watton with their Doctoral Colloquium mentor Miia Martinsuo from Tampere University, Finland]
And finally, Luca Sabini acted as Track Chair for the track on Sustainability ‘by’ and ‘of’ the Project, Stakeholders, and the Dark Side with 18 papers and six sessions. He has established this successful track over many years.
We had a great time in Dublin engaging with over 100 project management scholars who are at the forefront of our discipline. Lots of networking opportunities and taking time for informal conversation - and an improvised lunch in the sunshine!