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16 September 2020 / 1:19

Launching the IPMA Megaprojects Book Club – A Journey of Challenging ‘so what?’ Questions

Have you ever wanted to ask some challenging questions directly to the author after reading a book?

I’m very pleased to launch the IPMA Megaprojects Book Club, a forum for the ‘so what?’ burning questions that will trigger disruptive thinking and be a catalyst for change. The platform will connect leading authors to our community of megaproject enthusiasts, from project managers and policy-makers to students, and researchers.

Authors have unique and knowledgeable perspectives on the topics of their expertise, which is a function of years of experience in practice and research. The entire process of writing a book is often treated as a personal (mega)project to disseminate knowledge and engage with a global audience. The impacts are translated to society after the book is concluded and handed over to you, the reader and end-user.

The IPMA Megaprojects Book Club will discuss the key concepts, practices and ideas proposed by globally recognised authors. Leading books will bring robust arguments and particular views of the world of megaprojects, however, authors are equally very interested and curious about other perspectives that might challenge and expand our knowledge. The core objective is to expose you to cutting-edge thinking and create a conversation to discover your thoughts, the constructive critiques that will build upon the book, and move forward our thinking about megaprojects.

We will invite a constellation of leading authorities that have produced impactful books about megaprojects. Before the session, specific parts of the book will be shared as recommended readings, which will bring a unique perspective to our live session. Registered participants will receive the material and be invited to submit questions in advance by email, which I will have the pleasure of reviewing together with the authors. During our meeting (virtual or in-person), the authors will make a short presentation about the book guided by the perspective of the selected chapters. The discussion will start with a collection of the questions received before the session, followed by an interactive discussion with the author informed by your live questions.

You are now officially invited to join the club! Get in touch and join us on this journey of challenging ‘so what?’ questions!

Register now for the October 1st Book Club by IPMA SIG: https://www.ipma.world/sig/sign-up-ipma-book-club/

Dr Juliano Denicol
Global Head IPMA Megaprojects SIG
University College London

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Dr Juliano Denicol

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Dr Juliano Denicol is the Global Head of the IPMA Megaprojects SIG, a global platform to advance our understanding of megaproject delivery. Dr Denicol is Lecturer in Project Management at the School of Construction and Project Management, the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. He is a member of Project X, a major research network that aims to improve major project delivery in the UK, established by nine universities in collaboration with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), and the Cabinet Office. Dr Denicol has worked as a supply chain management consultant at High Speed 2, the largest infrastructure project in Europe, and advisor to the European Commission on public procurement policies.

His work on megaprojects has been regarded of high global impact, receiving several research awards, including the prestigious IPMA Global Young Researcher Award in 2019. Previous research included several iconic UK megaprojects: High Speed 1, Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Tunnel, and High Speed 2.

Dr Denicol has led the publication of two large-scale reviews of major and megaprojects:

1. A systematic literature review of megaproject performance, where 6.007 papers were analysed to identify 18 causes of poor performance and 54 solutions.

2. The Compendium of Large Infrastructure Projects for the European Commission, analysing the procurement procedures in over 80 large infrastructure projects across the European Union from 2008 to 2018.