Dr. Beverly Pasian an avid supporter of project management research. Her research partners are in China, Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the USA, examining project management from varied perspectives: maturity, maturity models, gender, e-Learning, construction and cultural diversity. She has advised or supervised more than 200 undergraduate business management students and Masters candidates (of Project Management) at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. It is also for the Masters program that she serves as lecturer for research methods, ongoing thesis advisor and representative on the Masters Exam Board.
Immediate and future publishing plans include several pioneering and international efforts – the first-ever book methods specific to project management research: Designs, Methods & Practices for Research of Project Management (Gower Publishing - 2014) and the development of Project Management Review, a proposed new IPMA international journal that will publish case studies for both researchers and practitioners. Other publications will focus on project management maturity and gender perspectives of project management.
Beyond her research, she has extensive involvement with professional associations. She is the founding President of the Project Management Association of Canada (2007-10) and the first recipient of its Fellowship award. For the IPMA Netherlands member association, she is its representative for the international Research Management Board, expert member on several research projects and was the Chair of the Academic & Research program for the 2014 World Congress in Rotterdam.
Her current focus is on an initiative she started in cooperation with the Netherlands chapter of IPMA – the Dutch National Research Group. The ‘human factors’ of project management is its research focus and one that served as the basis for detailed examination in the 2014 National Workshop Series. Next steps include creating a national network of industry partners who can (along with the HU and other universities) build on the findings of the NWS through publications, models, tools and teachable curriculum (among others). Through supporting the DNRG, the HU will reinforce its leadership position in project management education and research.