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Dr. Paul Summers PhD, MA, MAPM, FHEA joined the University in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Project and Operations Management, having previously taught operations management, project management, consultancy, creativity and strategy at a number of southern universities.

Paul has worked for more than 40 years in a range of different organisations across the private and public sectors. This experience is mainly in the fields of projects, IT and business improvement.

Paul's research interests include developing reflective practitioners, improving project performance, alternative approaches to the management of project

Higher education teaching qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)

Areas of expertise

​Paul is a practitioner and researcher in the areas of systems thinking, projects, learning and improvement. In 2014 he co-chaired the UKSS 18th International conference at the University of Hull. He has refereed a number of articles for both journals and conferences. Paul has been awarded APMP and PRINCE2 practitioner qualifications.



  • Systems thinking in local government. The Systemist 33 (2&3), 88-111.
  • Benefits management: The keystone of project management. Available here.
  • Explore,experiment, experience: A synthesis of Vickers' appreciative learning system and ACkoff's problem approach applied in practice, Chapter in G. Bell, R. Pagano and J. Warwick (Editors), Problem Structuring Approaches and Management for Projects: Demonstrating Successful Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Co-authored with C.E. Welch.


  • Active learning: how to educate 21st century employees. BAM 2017 conference
  • Getting value from your projects the Solent way. Operational Research Society 58th Conference 2016.
  • Flawed project definitions: How your projects fail to deliver. Operational Research Society 58th Conference 2016
  • A Systems Thinking approach to improving project performance. Operational Research Society 58th Conference 2016
  • 98.8%. Is project failure acceptable?. IRNOP 2015 conference
  • Planning to fail? A critique of current project definitions as a basis for benefit realisation'. BAM 2015 conference
  • Project education: a new paradigm University Forum for Human Resources Development (UFHRD) conference 2013
  • Active learning: How to produce the 21st century employee UKSS 17th. International conference 2013.
  • Knowers rule: OK? UKSS 16th International conference 2012
  • Benefits management: The keystone of project management, Association for Project Management (APM). Benefits SIG conference 2012 (student award-winning paper), also presented to the London and Wessex APM branches
  • A systemic approach to improving performance, Portsmouth Business School Research & Knowledge Transfer conference 2011
  • A systemic approach to improving project management performance, ISSS 55th conference 2011. 
  • An approach to improving project management performance: the learning dimension. UKSS 15th International conference 2011
  • Systems thinking in local government, UK Systems Society (UKSS) 14th International conference 2010.
  • Systems thinking in local government, Operational Research Society 52th Conference 2010

 Papers/workshops presented at professional conferences

  • Benefits management in practice a workshop, Business Analysts Conference Europe 2013
  • Systems thinking and project management, British Computer Society PROMS-G 2012
  • Change through projects, University of Bournemouth/APM 2012
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