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Research interests

Project, programme & portfolio management, reflective practice, Systems Thinking, people development


Project managment, Strategy, Operations management, Research methods, Developing creativity, Systems approaches

Personal profile

Dr. Paul Summers PhD, MA, MAPM, PGCTLHE, FHEA joined the University in September 2014 as an Associate Lecturer, and has also 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, MSP and PRINCE2 practitioner qualifications.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Portsmouth

6 Feb 200913 Apr 2018

Award Date: 13 Apr 2018

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Research Output

  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other contribution

Explore, experiment, experience: A synthesis of Vickers’ appreciative learning system and Ackoff’s problem approach applied in practice

Summers, P. & Welch, C., 26 Aug 2018, Problem Structuring Approaches and Management for Projects: Demonstrating Successful Practice. Bell, G., Pagano, R., Warwick, J. & Sato, C. (eds.). p. 35-62 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingChapter

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