Socio-Technical Seminar Series Event

17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Leeds University Business School, Room 1.05

Researching Megaprojects: The challenges of understanding complex socio-technical systems

Naomi Brookes
Professor of Complex Project Management
School of Civil Engineering in the University of Leeds

Megaprojects are extremely large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than $1 billion. Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity (both in technical and human terms) and by a long record of poor delivery.

Their inability to be designed appropriately and delivered on time and to budget has profound implications not only for the construction organisations delivering them but also for the client organisations commissioning them (which are often governments spending public money.) Megaprojects are exemplar complex socio-technical systems.

In this seminar, Naomi will review the work that has been undertaken to date by the MEGAPROJECT COST Action in understanding European Megaprojects. She discusses how empirics from a portfolio of megaproject cases have shed new light on megaproject behaviour and what this may mean more generally for empirical research in complex socio-technical systems.

About the speaker

Professor Naomi Brookes holds a Chair in Complex Project Management in the School of Civil Engineering in the University of Leeds. Naomi has spent her career dealing with complex engineering projects both as a practitioner and an academic.

Naomi graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours degree in Production Engineering and Management. Naomi began her working career in the aerospace industry working on new product development project management with Rolls-Royce. Whilst working with Rolls-Royce, she took the unusual step of taking a PhD part-time with Imperial College. This ignited her love for research in engineering management and she has now worked in both engineering faculties and business schools in pursuit of this aim.

She has maintained strong industrial links holding positions as the Director of the Centre for Project Management Practice at Aston University and the Director of the European Construction Institute at Loughborough University.

Naomi has over seventy publications in the field of engineering project management and has initiated and delivered research grants from a wide range of funding organisations.

Please email, or call 0113 343 1908, for more information.

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