Prof. Dr. Mario Vanhoucke is a Full Professor at Ghent University (Belgium), Vlerick Business School (Belgium) and UCL School of Management (University College London, UK). He teaches “Project Management”, “Applied Operations Research” and “Decision Making for Business”. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Engineering (1996) and a PhD in Operations Management (2001), and he currently is director of EVM Europe (www.evm-europe.eu) and partner at the company OR-AS (www.or-as.be).
He is responsible for various research projects in the field of Integrated Project Management and Control, which has led to more than 60 papers in international journals, four Project Management books published by Springer, 2 free online books (www.or-as.be/books), three computerized business games and an online learning platform known as PM Knowledge Center (www.pmknowledgecenter.com). His research has received multiple awards, including awards from PMI Belgium (Belgium, 2007), International Project Management Association (Italy, 2008) and the American Accounting Association (USA, 2010) and multiple awards from Belgian companies.
The big data project manager: Academics like what they do and professionals know what they want
Ghent University, Belgium
This presentation gives an overview of the past endeavours and the recent trends in integrated project management and control, with a focus on linking scheduling to risk and control management. The presentation will give an overview on the use of project data for research and practice, and will show that the big data hype is for project management restricted to the presence of artificial sets and only one set of empirical projects. However, recent research trends illustrate that the integrated use of empirical data and advanced techniques from artificial intelligence leads to promising results, which might define the path for future research avenues. References to a literature overview of project control will be given to outline the future of the research on integrated project management and control.