Dr. Janice Thomas is an internationally respected leader in the area of project management, and holds a PhD in Organizational Analysis from the University of Alberta.  She is Professor of Project Management and Director of the Project Management Research Institute in the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University, Canada. Janice has 30 years of management, consulting, planning, research, and academic experience in both the public and private sector. In addition, Janice is in demand as a speaker and teacher who enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with practitioners and students at venues as disparate as PMI Research Conferences and professional symposiums in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. She is a member, and has served as a Director, of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards.

In 2006, she was recognized by PM as one of the 25 most influential women in project management. Janice co-led the $3 million, 48 academic strong team in Researching the Value of Project Management project that assessed the project management practices of 65 organizations world-wide and was completed in 2008. In 2010, Janice was awarded the Research Achievement Award by the Project Management Institute, which “recognizes and honors an individual who has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and/or practices of project management through professionally conducted and authored project management research.”

Books

  • 2013 – Thomas, J., Cicmil, S. & George, S. Project Management Implementation as Management Innovation: A Closer Look. Newtown, Pennsylvania: PMI Publishing.
  • 2008 –  Thomas, J. & Mullaly, M. Researching the Value of Project Management. Newtown, Pennsylvania: PMI Publishing.
  • 2004 – Zwerman, W., Thomas, J., Haydt, S. & Williams, T. Professionalization of Project Management: Exploring the Past to Map the Future. Newtown, Pennsylvania: PMI Publishing.
  • 2002- Thomas, J., Delisle, C., Jugdev, K., & Buckle, P. Selling project management to senior executives. Newtown, Pennsylvania: PMI Publishing

Peer Review Journal Articles

  • Thomas, J., Cicmil, S. and George, S. (2012) Learning from Project Management Implementation Journeys in the Global Context by Applying a Management Innovation Lens. Project Management Journal 43 (6), 70-87.
  • Thomas, J., George, S. & Buckle Henning, P. (2012) Re-situating Expert Project Manager’s Praxis within Mulitiple Logics of Practice. International Journal of Managing Projects in Buisness. 24(5), 377-399.
  • Mullaly, M. and Thomas, J (2009) Exploring the Dynamics of Value and Fit from Project Management. Project Management Journal. 40(!) 124-135.
  • Hurt, M and Thomas J. (2009) Building Value Through Sustainable Project Management Offices. Project Management Journal. 40(1) 55-72.
  •  Walker, D., Anbari, F., J Bredillet, C, Soderland, J., Cicmil, S., Thomas, J., (2008) Collaborative academic/practitioner research in project management: examples and applications. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. 1(2) 168-192.
  •  Thomas, J. and Mengel, T. (2008) Preparing project managers to deal with complexity: Advanced Project Management Education. International Journal of Project Management. 26(3) 304-315.
  • Walker, D., Cicmil, S., Thomas, J., Anbari, F., J Bredillet, C. (2008) Collaborative academic/practitioner research in project management theory and models. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. 1(1) 17-32
  • Thomas, J. and Mullaly, M. (2007) Understanding the value of project management: First steps on a international investigation in search of value Project Management Journal 38(3), 74.
  • Thomas, J. and Buckle-Henning, P. (2007) Dancing in the White Spaces: Exploring Gendered Assumptions in Successful Project Managers’ Discourse About Their Work. International Journal of Project Management, 25(6), 552-559
  • Morris, W.G., Crawford, L., Hodgson,D., Shepherd, M.M., and Thomas, J. (2006) Exploring the role of formal bodies of knowledge in defining a profession – The case of project management International Journal of Project Management. 24(8), 710-721
  • Cicmil, S., Williams, T., Thomas, J. and Hodgson, D. (2006) Rethinking Project Management: Researching the actuality of projects.   International Journal of Project Management 24(8), 675
  • Crawford, L., Morris,P., Thomas, J. and Winter, M. (2006) Practitioner Development: From Trained Technicians to Reflective Practitioners. International Journal of Project Management 24(8), 722
  • Buckle, P & Thomas J. (2003) Deconstructing Project Management: A Gender Analysis of Project Management Guidelines.International Journal of Project Management 21(6),433.
  • Thomas, J., Delisle, C.L., Jugdev, K (2003) Selling project management to senior executives: Framing the moves that matter. Project Management Journal. 34(2), 54
  • Jugdev, K., & Thomas, J. (2002) Project management maturity models: The silver bullets of competitive advantage. Student paper award. Project Management Journal .33(4), 4-15.
  • Thomas, J., Delisle, C., Jugdev, K. and Buckle P. (2002) Selling Project Management to Senior Executives – The case for avoiding crisis sales. Project Management Journal 33(2), 19-28. Note: This article was also selected to be published as a chapter in Slevin,D., P & D. Cleland, I & J. Pinto, K (Eds.), Frontiers of project management research (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 503).
  • Jugdev, K., Thomas, J., & Delisle, C (2001) Rethinking project management – Old truths and new insights.   International Project Management Journal, 7, 36-43.

 

Non-Peer Review Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  •  Thomas, J. (2014) Professionalization of Project Management: What does it mean for Practice? Dinsmore, P. and Cabanis-Brewin, J. (Eds.), The AMA Handbook of Project Management 3nd Edition. New York: AMACOM
  • Mullaly, M. & Thomas, J. (2014) Re-Thinking Project Management Maturity and Fit: Perspectives Gained from Explorations of Value. Editor Rodney Turner. In Gower Handbook of Project Management.
  • Thomas, J., George, S. & Cicmil, S. (2013) Innovation in Project Management Implementations. In Rolf Lundin and Markus Hallgren Eds. Advancing Research in Projects and Temporary Organizaitons.
  •  Thomas, J. George, S., & Krahn, J. (2009) The shape of Project Management Research to come. In David Cleland and Bopaya Bidanda Eds. Project Management Circa 2025. Project Management Institute: Newtown, Pennsylvania.
  • Blomquist, T and Thomas, J. (2008) Certifiering Au Projektledare: Ett Satt Att Skapa Trygghet I Yrkesrouen. In Stjernberg, T. Soderlund, J and Wilkstrom, E. (Eds.), PROJEKTLIV – Villkor For Uthallig Projektverksamhet. (Chapter 8). Kopieringsforbud Forfafttarna Och Studentlittertur (in Swedish)
  • Zwerman, B. and Thomas, J. (2006) Professionalization of Project Management: What does it mean for practice? Dinsmore, P. and Cabanis-Brewin, J. (Eds.), The AMA Handbook of Project Management 2nd Edition. New York: AMACOM.
  •  Thomas, J (2006) Problematizing Project Management In Hodgson, D. and Cicmil, S. (Eds.), Making Projects Critical. London: Palgrave Publishing.
  • Thomas, J. and Zwerman, W. (2006) Professionalization of Project Management: What does it mean for practice? In Cabannis-Brewin, J. and Crawford, K. AMA Handbook of Project Management, 2nd edition. New York: AMACOM.
  • Winter, M. and Thomas, J. (2005) Understanding the Lived Experience of Managing Projects: The Need for More Emphasis on the Practice of Managing. In Pinto, J., Slevin, D., and Cleland, D. Frontiers of Project Management Research. Newtown, Pennsylvania: PMI Publishing.
  • Hurst, D. & Thomas J. (2004, 1st edition, 2008, 2nd edition) Developing Team Skills and Accomplishing Team Projects Virtually in The Theory and Practise of Online Learning edited by Terry Anderson. AU Press: Athabasca Alberta
  • Thomas, J. Delisle, C. & Jugdev, K. (2002) Framing the Moves that Matter. In Pennypacker, J and Crawford, K. Justifying the Values of Project Management. Center For Business Practices Glen Mills, PA.
  • Thomas, J., Delisle, C., Jugdev, K., & Buckle, P. (2002) Selling project management to senior executives – what’s the hook? In Slevin,D. Cleland,D., Pinto, J. (Eds.), Frontiers of project management research (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 503). Newtown, Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute Research Program (Education Division).  Note: This chapter was first presented at the Paris PMI Research Conference in June of 2000 and has also been published in the Project Management Journal in 2002.
  •  Thomas, J. (2000) Making Sense of Project Management. In Lundin,R., Hartman,F., and Navarre, C. (Eds.), Projects As Business Constituents And Guiding Motives (collection of best papers from peer reviewed conference) Springer NY.
  •  Jugdev, K., Thomas, J., and Hartman, F. (2000)        Project Manager’s Fears and Frustrations. In Lundin,R., Hartman, F. and Navarre, C. Projects As Business Constituents And Guiding Motives (collection of best papers from peer reviewed confrence) Springer NY.

 

Dr. Thomas’s research interests include organizational change, project management, teambuilding and leadership, complexity theory in relation to organizations, and the professionalization and certification of knowledge workers.  Ultimately her research is aimed at improving the practise of project management in organizations.

Competitive Research Grants

  • Thomas, J., George, S. Cicmil, S. Studying Project Management as strategic organizational innovation.  PMI Research Program Funding Grant (50,000USD) 2011-2012.
    Thomas, J., Mullaly, M.  Understanding the Value of Project Management.  PMI Research Program Funding Grant ($1.14M USD). 2005-2008.
  • Zwerman, B. Thomas, J. Haydt, S.  Professionalization in the Canadian Armed Forces, Defence Leadership Initiative, Department of National Defence (15,000CDN). 2003.
  • Zwerman, B,  Thomas, J.  Professionalization of Project Management.  PMI Research Program Funding Grant ($20,000USD). 2002 – 2004.
  •  Thomas, J., Buckle, P.  Organizational Behavior Research Grant, University of Calgary ($20,000 CDN dollars). 2000 – 2003
  • Thomas, J. Selling project management to senior executives.  PMI Research Program Funding Grant.  1999 – 2002.

Janice has presented her work at 100’s of research and practitioner conferences around the world.  The following presents a small number of such presentations from 2006 on.

Recent Conference Presentations:

2012         Thomas, J. & George S. Discussing Value: Legitimating Multiple Rationalites. Making Projects Critical Biannual Conference, Manchester, UK in April.

2012         Learning from PM Implementation Journeys Examined through an Management Innovation lens. Presented to PMI Biannual Research Conference in Limerick Ireland in July.

2011        Western Academy of Management – Online Teaching for WAMMIES – March

2011         Thomas J., Williams, T, Cicmil, S and Mullaly, M. Configuring the Reality of an Organizational Innovation: The Case of Project Management Goal. Paper presented at the Academy of Management conference in Montreal in July.

2011         Mullaly, M. and Thomas, J. Rethinking Project Management Maturity: Perscpectives Gained from Explorations of Fit and Value. Paper presented at the Biannual PMI Research Conference in Washington, D.C. in July.

2011         Thomas, J., George, S., & Cicmil, S. Building Knowledge about the Management of Large-Scale Research Projects: The Value of a Good Case. Presented at the IRNOP biannual conference in Montreal in June

2011         Thomas, J., George, S., & Cicmil, S. Mapping the Dynamics of Management Innovation: The Case of Project Management. Presented at the IRNOP biannual conference in Montreal in June

2010         Thomas, J. and George S. Deconstructing the Quest for Value: Lamguage Games of Organisational Investment. Making Projects Critical 5. Bristol UK 21/22 January.

2008         Krahn, J. and Thomas, J. Applying Formalized Curiosity: Exploring Trends Driving the Future of Project Management Paper presented to Biannual PMI Research Conference in Warsaw, Poland in July

2008        Maylor, H. Brady, T. and Thomas, J. The non-adoption of best/accepted/promising practices in projects: towards a theory of complicity. Paper presented to Biannual PMI Research Conference in Warsaw, Poland in July.

2008       Buckle Henning, P.  and Thomas, J.  Boundary Critique of Gender in the Project Management Body of Knowledge.  Presented July 13-18th at the International Association for System Sciences.

2007        Thomas, J. and Mengel, T.  Teaching that takes Complexity Seriously:  Developing the Master Project Manager.  Presented at the IRNOP Conference in September.  Paper was also selected as a best paper and for publication in a special edition of IJPM.

2007        Lechler, T. and Thomas, J.“The Role of Senior Management Support for Project Success: Conceptual and Empirical Implications” Presented to the Biannual International Research Network on Project Management in Brighton, UK in September.

2007        Mullaly, M. and Thomas, J. “Relating To Project Management: Towards A Framework Of Understanding” Presented to the Biannual International Research Network on Project Management in Brighton, UK in September.

2007        Maylor, H., Brady, T. and Thomas, J. “Complicity Theory: One explanation for the non-adoption of best/accepted practice” Presented to the Biannual International Research Network on Project Management in Brighton, UK in September.

2006         Cicmil, S., Williams, W. Thomas, J. and Hodgson, D. “Insights into lived experience in project environments: Researching the actuality of projects” Presented to European Academy of Management Meetings in Stockholm in May.

2006        Thomas, J. and Mullaly, M. ‘Defining the Value of Project Management: In Search of Value”. presented to Biannual PMI Research Conference in Montreal in July.

Refereed Practitioner Conferences

2012         Exploring Project Management Implementation as Management Innovation. With Stella George and Svetlana Cicmil. Presented to the PMI Global Congress in Vancouver.

2008         Understanding the Value of Project Management. With Mark Mullaly. Keynote Address to the PMI Global Congress 2008 in Denver.

2006         In search of value: preliminary discoveries from an international research project. with Mark Mullaly. Presented to PMI Global Congress 2006 in Seattle in October.

2006         The colour of success : exploring the impacts of personality. with Mark Mullaly PMI Global Congress 2006 in Seattle in October.

 

Memberships

  • 2010-2012      Global Alliance for Project Standards Working Committee, Board Member
  • 2003 – 2006    Research Member Advisory Group – Project Management Institute
  • 2003 – 2006    EPSRC Rethinking Project Management Research Team
  • 2000 – now     Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards
  • 1994 – now     Academy of Management
  • 1992 – 2004    Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
  • 1996 – now     Project Management Institute
  • 1998 – now     International Research Network on Managing by Projects
  • 1997 – 2001    Conference Board of Canada – PM Council

 

Professional Service

  • Conference Scientific Advisor IPMA Annual Conference 2014
  • Conference Scientific Advisor CONCEPT Program, Norway, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • Editorial and Review Activities (IEEE; PMJ; IJPM; IJPMB; CME)
  • IRNOP Best paper selection Committee, 2011;  Program Committee 2011
  • Track Chair, IAABD Conference, Edmonton, 2011
  • Conference chair and reviewer for Bi Annual PMI Research Conference, July 2006
  • Edited Special Edition of Project Management Journal, 2006; 2009; 2012
  • Best Paper Selection Committee, Project Management Journal 2007-2012
  • Chair, Athabasca University, Faculty of Business, Ethics Review Committee 2009-2012
  • Conference Chair, Conference Board of Canada, Strategic PM Conference 2005; 2006

Awards/Recognition

  • 2013 Made a Fellow of PMI Southern Alberta Chapter
  • 2010 Recognized for her research contributions by the Project Management Institute
  • 2008 Invited Keynote Speaker at PMI World Congress in Denver
  • 2006 Recognized as one of the 25 most influential women in PM by PMNetwork
  • 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 Invited Keynote Speaker at Biannual PMI Research conference
  • 2002 Faculty Advisor to Best Student Paper – PMI
  • 2000 Recipient Millenial Mentor Award for work with doctoral students in engineering

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