I haven’t had as long as I would have liked to develop this but I thought it was worth sharing a summary of my research proposal in case anyone out there is interested and/or has any further thoughts. The title of my proposal is:
Driving forward organisational performance in UK higher education through effective project management practice(s)
The aim of the research is to investigate whether effective project management practice(s) can positively impact the organisational performance of UK higher education organisations. The objectives being to:
- Explore the relationship between the maturity of project management practice(s) and organisational performance;
- Research existing project management maturity models;
- Benchmark project management across UK higher education using relevant project management maturity indicators; and
- Provide UK higher education organisations with practical advice on improving organisational performance and recommend relevant support interventions.
I’ve only just handed it in. If it’s successful I’ll provide a bit more detail in a future post. A basic outline of activities include: greater research into project management maturity models; choosing an adequate fit for the sector; developing a survey and sending it out to relevant people across the sector (this needs more thought – thinking of focusing on IT departments, strategic planning departments and estates); analysing the responses and assessing whether or not mature project management practices impact upon organisational performance.
Let’s see if it gets accepted! If it does I’ll be starting on this officially in September although I’m gonna be doing a lot of reading in preparation.