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Paul  Summers

Paul Summers

Associate Lecturer

School of Business, Law and Communications

Room no. SM103


After a successful career in both the private and public sectors Paul started teaching at University of Portsmouth in 2013. The following academic year he commenced at Southampton Solent University.

During his career he has been involved in retail banking, leisure retail, photography, IT, change management, HRD, project delivery, project portfolio management and PMO manager.

Paul has taught operations management, project management, consultancy, developing team and individual creativity and strategy. Additionally he co-chaired the 2014 UKSS 18th International conference at the University of Hull. He has refereed a number of articles for both journals and conferences.

He is a full member of the Association for Project Management as well holding the APMP and PRINCE2 practitioner qualifications.

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Paul has 40 years experience in banking, leisure retail, photography and local government, self-employment, consultancy.
  2. Teaching experience

    Paul is an associate lecturer at Bournemouth University and Universities of Portsmouth and Winchester.
  3. Research interests

    Paul's research interests include all aspects of project delivery, HRD.
  4. Recent publications

    Follow the link below to see recent publications of Paul's including academic papers and workshops...

    Papers presented at academic conferences

    • 'Systems thinking in local government', UK Systems Society (UKSS) 14th International conference 2010.
    • 'Systems thinking in local government', Operational Research Society 52th Conference 2010.
    • '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.
    • '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.
    • '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.
    • '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.

    Papers/workshops presented at professional conferences

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

    Paul's awards include AHEA and APM Benefits SIG postgraduate student award 2011.
  6. Work in progress

    Paul's work in progress includes a PhD researching improving project performance.