CANBERRA, Australia, July 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Queensland University of Technology is to announce the results of a major worldwide research project, sponsored by the APM Group, Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and TSO, on 6th August at the Best Practice Showcase in Sydney, Australia. The research analyses the impact of the project management methodology PRINCE2 on project performance.

The research was undertaken collaboratively by the QUT Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Engineering (School of Urban Development). The key members of the research team were Richard Sargeant (chief investigator), Professor Caroline Hatcher, Associate Professor Bambang Trigunarsyah, Dr Vaughan Coffey and Dr Judy Kraatz. The research is entitled Creating Value in Project Management using PRINCE2. For comparison, the study also conducted parallel research on the impact of other contemporary project management frameworks on project performance. Research participants were all experienced project managers who have used PRINCE2 or other project management frameworks. The participants were drawn from the ICT, construction, and transport industries across UK, Europe, the US and Australia.

Frances Scarff, Head of Best Management Practice, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in the UK, is delighted that this worldwide research will be unveiled publicly in Australia.

Australia and New Zealand are mature users of PRINCE2. As the Queensland University of Technology undertook this research, it is fitting that the participants at the Best Practice Showcase in Sydney will receive the first presentation on the findings, and will hopefully benefit from the knowledge they gain, Scarff said.

The APM Group's Chairman, Alan Harpham, will be a special guest at the Best Practice Showcase in Sydney and has taken a close interest in the results of the research.

I am looking forward to meeting delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific in Sydney. PRINCE2 is designed to enable organisations to manage projects more effectively and efficiently. I'm sure that research that evaluates the efficacy of PRINCE2 and contributes to its further development will be warmly welcomed by the project management community, Mr Harpham said.

David Howell, Client Services Director, TSO, said, QUT's research will be of great interest to project managers around the world and we are looking forward to its publication in August.

Professor Peter Little, the Executive Dean of the QUT Faculty of Business, said that:

QUT is thrilled to have been selected internationally to undertake such a significant research study and is very excited by the results. It reflects very positively on the interdisciplinary approach that QUT has adopted in establishing itself as a major international provider of executive project management education and research.

The results of the research will be presented at The Best Practice Showcase by Richard Sargeant of the Queensland University of Technology. The event takes place on August 6th at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, Australia. For further information and to register visit Registrations are only $195 for the day's programme.

About the Best Practice Showcase

The Best Practice Showcase is organised by APMG-International, the certification body which manages the PRINCE2 certifications and accredits training organisations to deliver PRINCE2 courses. 2010 will be the first year the event has been held in Australia, although it has been running in the UK for eight years.

The event is a learning conference, designed to involve delegates in interactive discussions and debates. A series of case study presentations will Showcase OGC's best practice methodologies and how they are used in the real world.

PRINCE2(R) is a Registered Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce in the UK and other countries.

For more details contact: Gabrielle Morrison +61(0)2-6249-6008 Email

SOURCE: APMG-International

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