Liverpool Skyline

Liverpool Business School

Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger

Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger

Biography

Dr Christine Unterhitzenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at Liverpool Business School and Programme Leader of the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). In this role she is responsible for the development, design and delivery of the programme. Furthermore, she is head of the Project Management Research Group (PMRG) at Liverpool Business School and a member of the Research Advisory Group for the Association for Project Management (APM).

Teaching
She has taught on different under- and postgraduate programmes various project management modules as well as research methods. Currently she is the module leader for Project Management on the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and teaches extensively on the DBA. She also delivers Executive Education courses (introduction, intermediate, advanced) on Project Management in the UK and abroad.

Research
Her research is focused on relational and psycho-social aspects in projects and temporary multi organisations. 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) as well as from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK.

Doctoral Supervision (PhD and DBA)
She welcomes applications from potential PhD or DBA candidates which fit to her above described research areas.

Reviewer
She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, the International Journal of Project Management, the Project Management Journal and Construction Management and Economics.

Industry Experience
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 project management of various large scale construction projects with a total value of more than £ 500 million. During her professional career she covered the whole life cycle of projects from the initial feasibility study to the final handover and implementation. Her clients were public bodies and private organisations.

Languages

English
German

Degrees

2016, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom, PhD
2010, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart (HfT Stuttgart), Germany, MEng International Project Management
2007, University of Applied Sciences Constance (HTWG Konstanz), Germany, BEng Industrial Engineering and Management

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Bryde DJ, Unterhitzenberger C, Joby R. 2018. Conditions of success for earned value analysis to projects International Journal of Project Management, 36 :474-484 >DOI

Unterhitzenberger C, Bryde DJ. Organisational justice, project performance and the mediating effects of key success factors Project Management Journal,

Journal article

Bryde DJ, Unterhitzenberger C, Joby R. 2018. Conditions of success for earned value analysis to projects International Journal of Project Management, 36 :474-484 >DOI

Unterhitzenberger C, Bryde DJ. Organisational justice, project performance and the mediating effects of key success factors Project Management Journal,

Conference publication

Bryde DJ, unterhitzenberger C, Joby R. 2017. Effective relationship management to outsourced projects EURAM 2017 Annual Conference 21-24 June, Glasgow, Scotland, EURAM

Michaelides R, Bryde D, Simango J, Unterhitzenberger C, Argyropoulou M. 2016. A Systematic Meta-analysis on Managing Innovation Projects in Uncertain and Complex Environments 2016 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICMIT), IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology (ICMIT) :286-291 >Link

Unterhitzenberger C. 2016. Organisational Justice and Construction Project Performance British University in Dubai Doctoral Research Conference

Unterhitzenberger C, Bryde DJ, Fearon DJ. 2016. Organisational Justice and Construction Project Performance Annual Conference of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)

Internet publication

Unterhitzenberger , Bryde DJ. 2016. Psycho-Social Relationships in Projects: An Alternative Approach to Performance Improvement

Thesis/Dissertation

Unterhitzenberger C. Organizational Justice and its Impact on Project Performance: An Explanatory Framework in the Context of the Construction Industry Bryde D, Fearon D, Cotgrave A.

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Award:

Highly Commended Award winner of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Operations and Production Management category, Emerald/EFMD; chosen by the editorial team of the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/research/awards/odra.htm

Research Grants Awarded:

European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), Being Lean and Seen - Meeting the Challenges of Delivering Projects Successfully in the 21st Century https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/microsites/being-lean-and-seen, Grant value (£): 290,000, Duration of research project: 4 years

Professional activities

Award:

Highly Commended Award winner of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Operations and Production Management category, Emerald/EFMD; chosen by the editorial team of the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/research/awards/odra.htm

Best Paper Award at the Doctoral Research Conference, British University in Dubai

Conference organisation:

CABS/DBA Symposium, Conference Chair, https://charteredabs.org/events/dba-symposium-impact-developing-capturing-and-using-the-impact-of-dba-research/

Conference presentation:

Relationships between TQM practices and performance in upstream operational activities in oil and gas companies, POMS 2017 28th Annual Conference, Seattle, US, Oral presentation

Organisational Justice and Construction Project Performance, BUiD Doctoral Research Conference, Bristish University in Dubai (BUiD), UAE, Oral presentation

A Systematic Meta-analysis on Managing Innovation Projects in Uncertain and Complex Environments, 8th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, Oral presentation

Organisational Justice and Construction Project Performance, 23rd Annual Conference of European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), Trondheim, Norway, Oral presentation

External committees:

Research Advisory Group, Association for Project Management (APM), Member, https://www.apm.org.uk/

Industrial connections:

Itten+Brechbühl AG, Construction Manager, http://www.ittenbrechbuehl.ch/en

Ernst & Young Real Estate GmbH, Manager, http://www.ey.com/Industries/Real-Estate

Media Coverage:

http://www.girlsguidetopm.com/2016/05/inspiring-women-in-pm-christine-unterhitzenberger/, Christine Unterhitzenberger was interviewed by the award winning blog "A Girl's Guide to Project Management" as one of 10 Inspiring Women in Project Management to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the blog. To read the interview click on the link below:

Other invited event:

Innovation Day - Knowledge Brief - External Programme, London, UK, Organisational Justice - Let's talk about fairness!

Innovation Day - Knowledge Brief - Internal Programme, Gatwick, UK, Organisational Justice - Let's talk about fairness!

Partnerships in Clinical Trials Europe - Project Management in Clinical Trials, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Organisational Justice and its impact on project performance https://lifesciences.knect365.com/pct-europe/agenda/1#

Anglo-German Expert Talk, London, UK, People Places Processes - The importance of psycho-social relationships in project management

Engineering Skills and Innovation Conference, Birmingham, UK, Effective Project Management https://www.engineerjobs.co.uk/engineering-exhibitions/spring-exhibition-2017/engineering-skills--innovation-conference

PMI Synergy 2016, London, UK, Invited Speaker - "Why do we need to talk about fairness in projects?" https://pmi.org.uk/84-synergy-2016

Financial Outsourcing Workshop - Lessons to Learn from the Construction Industry, Basel, Switzerland, Invited Speaker

Research Grants Awarded:

Association for Project Management (APM), Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders, Grant value (£): 5,000, Duration of research project: 1 year

European Union Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), Being Lean and Seen - Meeting the Challenges of Delivering Projects Successfully in the 21st Century https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/microsites/being-lean-and-seen, Grant value (£): 290,000, Duration of research project: 4 years

Teaching qualification:

Associated Fellow of the Higher Education Academy