The UK’s first centre of excellence for Project Management Practice has been unveiled at Aston Business School in Birmingham.
£200,000 scheme will bridge the gap between academics and businesses by
focusing on the importance of project management to innovation.
Businesses across the West Midlands are set to benefit from the innovative Centre for Project Management Practice.
business leaders enjoyed the launch party at Aston Business School last
night (Monday, January 28th), which included an activity fair, the
chance to invent the device of your dreams and networking opportunities.
project was funded with a £100,000 Business Engagement grant from the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and match funding by Aston
Business School’s collaborators – more than a dozen regional, national
and international organisations.
The centre is headed up by
‘poacher turned gamekeeper’ academics who have all been project
managers across a range of business sectors in the past.
Director Dr Naomi Brookes, who previously worked in the aerospace
industry, said the centre would create some fantastic links between
project management knowledge and its practice in industry.
management is a very crucial skill which is required to effectively
undertake any form of business innovation,” she said.
are finally understanding the importance of project management and at
Aston we have a wide range of project management research and expertise
The centre offers a novel opportunity for project
managers to ‘swap’ with project managers in other organisations. The
Centre will offer free seminar programmes to help project managers
understand the range of research available to them, and to help
researchers tailor their research to practitioners’ needs.
first few companies to apply will get a free impact assessment to show
how implementing best practice solutions would work in their
There is also the potential for further funding if it proves a successful scheme in its first year.
David Turner, from West Bromwich Building Society, said the scheme would be perfect for bringing together different industries.
larger companies have their own centres for excellence, but where there
are fewer project managers in an organisation, this new centre is
ideal,” he said.
Notes to Editors:
companies include GKN Driveline, West Bromwich Building Society,
Service Birmingham, Tempus, Brintons, Mtech Group, Almor Group, Sperry
Rail International, Middlemarch Environmental, The Logistics Business,
M6 Toll, Eura Conservation and E.ON UK.
The centre is also
supported by the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, the Engineering Employers
Association, Advantage West Midlands and The Association of Project
Project management relevant research encompasses a wide variety of topics including:
- - the implications of temporary organisation structures
- - inter-group and intra-group relationships
- - personality and leadership in a project context
- - risk management
- - structuring ‘fuzzy’ problems
- - performance measurement in a project context
- - project knowledge management