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APM North West Research Symposium

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4.00pm - 8.00pm

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A vast amount of research is being undertaken in the context of Project Management, however there is rarely the opportunity that academics and practitioners from this field can discuss current research together. 

The APM North West Research Symposium seeks to provide a platform for:

  • academics and researchers - to present their research, meet other academics and practitioners and discuss the latest thinking in the area

  • practitioners - to engage with exciting research projects, meet academics and other practitioners and provide feedback to the research from a practitioner point of view as well as discuss the latest thinking in the area

Two main topics will be covered:

  • Stakeholder Challenge: Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders
  • Project Management and Productivity: A forensic analysis

Current research will be presented via posters as well as short and sharp 'Elevator Pitches'. This will provide academics, as well as practitioners, with the rare opportunity to get deep insight into what is going on in the area and discuss it one-to-one with the authors.

The event will finish with a Panel Discussion on the topic 'Project Management Research – where does the journey take us' and will encourage the dialogue between practitioners and academics.

About Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger
Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at Liverpool Business School and Programme Leader of the Doctorate of Business Administration. Her research is focused on relational and psycho-social aspects in projects. She is particularly interested in how a better understanding and an increased awareness of psycho-social relationships can enhance the project performance. This includes topics such as organisational justice and dealing as well as coping with difficult stakeholders. She has recently successfully secured a funding in this area from the EU in the context of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE - €325,000) as well as an APM Research Fund grant. Prior to her academic career she has worked for almost ten years as a project manager in the construction industry. She was responsible for the management of various construction projects with a total value of more than £ 500 million.

About Dr Obuks Ejohwomu
Dr Obuks Ejohwomu is Lecturer in Project Management and leads on matters relating to postgraduate research for the Management of Projects Research Group in The University of Manchester (UoM). His research focus is in the scholarship of procurement and productivity. He has undertaken extensive research into manpower modeling and the performance of projects in UK and Africa. He was the main researcher employed by the University of Reading HaCIRIC’s Theme 2 that investigated the incentivisation and innovation in the procurement of hospitals, which was a £10m+ EPSRC grant. Obuks was also the primary researcher in the £40k Black Country Sector skills review commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council as well as in two MACE funded projects in the excess of £20k. Obuks is currently working as co-I in a £12k APM funded research grant project and £25k West African Architecture Urbanism and Development research grant with colleagues in UoM, Liverpool University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

About Daniel Nicholls
Daniel currently heads up APM’s research programme which aims to advance the art, science, theory and practice and project management. This includes: commissioning and developing research studies, having oversight of APM's Research Fund, research promotion and dissemination, leading APM's submissions and calls for evidence to government and other agencies and collaborating with other like-minded organisations to support APM’s wider influencing agenda.
In this brief session you will find out more about APM research in terms of how it can help or support your research, how you might participate and APM’s research activity for 2018-19.

Call for Elevator Pitches

Submit your research project to our elevator pitch call to the APM North West Research Symposium. Can you convey the basic components of your research in a clear, concise, entertaining and exciting way in under 3 minutes?

This can take the form of emerging research, work in progress, an idea for a research question that you would like to invite interested parties to participate in, or any aspect of project management that might interest and offer insights for today’s project management community. All successful pitchers will have a maximum of 1 visual slide and 3 minutes to present during the event.

To apply, please submit a 300 word abstract of your proposed pitch to Jane Dowson ( or Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger (, by 27 March 2018. A total of 10 will be chosen to present their work.

Call for Posters

We will be showcasing a selection of current research in Project Management through poster exhibition. We would particularly welcome poster submissions from UG and PG students who are currently undertaking, or have recently completed research, on any aspect of Project Management.

APM logoAs the aim of the event is to bring researchers and practitioners together, we also welcome research from or featuring, practitioners of Project Management. Posters should be A1 size and can be submitted via pdf, powerpoint or docx file to Jane Dowson ( or Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger ( by 27 March 2018. The poster exhibition will provide an ideal backdrop for discussion and sharing of ideas in an informal networking-style atmosphere.