Overdue and overspent – why do our
projects go so badly wrong?
Event presented by Professor Terry
Williams, Professor of Management Science and Dean of Hull
University Business School.
This lecture will look at why many of our
major projects can go so drastically wrong. By modelling those
projects and getting a better understanding of how they behave,
we’ll look at some implications not only for how we manage
projects, but also what ‘complexity’ is, how we think about risk,
and the place of some philosophical ideas in business studies.
Terry Williams has 35 years experience in
Management Science. After degrees at Oxford and Birmingham, and a
few years lecturing, he spent 9 years building up a successful
practice (and a small team) in Management Science in engineering
consultancy YARD; this started in logistics but later specialised
in Project-Risk Management (PRM) of major projects, including
acting as Risk Manager for some major defence projects. He then
spent 13 years in the Management Science Department of Strathclyde
University, latterly as Professor and Head of Department. A team
was developed to support major postproject litigation claims, which
supported major post-project claims, particularly Delay and
Disruption, totalling over $1.5billion in Europe and North America.
On his 2005 marriage he moved to the University of Southampton,
later becoming Head of the School of Management there. In 2011 he
became Dean of the Hull University Business School.
His research and consultancy continues in
project behaviour, and particularly in post-project claims. He has
become a thought-leader in the worldwide Project Management
research community, particularly playing a role in the US-based
Project Management Institute. He maintains his discipline as a
Management Scientist – as well as project modelling His research
has covered modelling many uncertain systems, fromthe economics of
the UK renewable energy market to battles to production systems –
and for 10 years he was joint editor of the Journal of the
Operational Research Society. He is the author of around 70
peer-reviewed papers and a considerable number of monographs and
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