Janice Thomas, PhD, MBA, BSc

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Areas of Expertise: Project Management, Organizational Theory, Organizational Change, Team Dynamics, Leadership, Critical Theory

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Credentials

  • PhD – University of Alberta
  • MBA – University of British Columbia
  • BSc – University of Victoria

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Biography

Dr. Janice Thomas is an internationally respected leader in the area of project management. She is Professor of Project Management and Organizational Theory, and currently Acting Associate Dean of Research and Accreditation in the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University.

Janice has over 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, Austaralia, 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 study that assessed the project management practices of 65 organizations world-wide and was completed in 2008. In 2010, Janice was awarded the prestigious Research Achievement Award by the Project Management Institute. In 2014, her research team (including Stella George of Athabasca University and Svetlana Cicmil of the University of the West of England) won the International Project Management Association’s award for Global Research Contributions.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Farashah, A. D., Thomas, J., & Blomquist, T. (2019). Exploring the value of project management certification in selection and recruiting. International Journal of Project Management, 37(1), 14-26.
  • Ruel, S., Mills, A. J., & Thomas, J. L. (2018). Intersectionality at work: The case of Ruth Bates Harris and NASA. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, 18(1), 17-49.
  • Blomquist, T., Farashah, A. D., & Thomas, J. (2018). Feeling good, being good and looking good: Motivations for, and benefits from, project management certification. International Journal of Project Management, 36(3), 498-511.
  • Thomas, J., George, S., & Rose, T. (2016). Deciphering value discourse’s role in explaining the persistent perception of change failure. Journal of Change Management, 16(4), 271-296.
  • Blomquist, T., Farashah, A. D., & Thomas, J. (2016). Project management self-efficacy as a predictor of project performance: Constructing and validating a domain-specific scale. International Journal of Project Management, 34(8), 1417-1432.
  • Lechler, T. G., & Thomas, J. L. (2015). Examining new product development project termination decision quality at the portfolio level: Consequences of dysfunctional executive advocacy. International Journal of Project Management, 33(7), 1452-1463.
  • Chandler, D. E., & Thomas, J. L. (2015). Does executive sponsorship matter for realizing project management value? Project Management Journal, 46(5), 46-61.
  • 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 multiple logics of practice. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 24(5), 377-399.
  • Mullaly, M., & Thomas, J. (2009) Exploring the dynamics of value and fit from project management. Project Management Journal, 40(1) 124-135.

Selected Recent Conferences Presentations

  • Rose, T., & Thomas, J. L. (2018). Understanding the complexity of resilience: The case of BTS. Presented at the 32nd Annual ANZAM Conference: Managing the Faces of Sustainable Work, Auckland New Zealand.
  • Thomas, J. L., & Rose, T. (2018). Exploring the quest for value or why time, scope, and budget will never be enough. Presented at the International Research Network for Organizing Projects Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Rose, T. & Thomas, J. L. (2018) Reviewing organizational resilience: A response to crisis or a resource for opportunity? Presented at the LAEMOS Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Rose, T. & Thomas, J. L. (2018) Collaborative capacity and resilience: The case of braiding the Sweetgrass program. Presented at the LAEMOS Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Ruel, S., Mills, A.J., & Thomas, J. L. (2017). Intersectionality and history at work: The case of Ruth Bates Harris and U.S. NASA. Presented at the NASA ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement Symposium, Huntsville, USA.
  • Ruel, S., Mills, A.J., & Thomas, J. L. (2015). A ‘fiery, fighter, bitchy’ ‘Harlem Princess’: An archaeo-genealogical enquiry into intersectionality. Presented at the Academy of Management AOM Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ruel, S., Mills, A.J., & Thomas, J. L. (2015). Intersectionality at work: The case of Ruth Bates Harris and NASA. Presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Halifax, Canada.
  • Chandler, Dawn & Thomas, J. L. (2014). Does executive sponsorship matter for realizing project success? Presented at the PMI Research and Education Conference, Portland, USA.
  • Thomas, J. L. & George S. (2012). Discussing value: Legitimating multiple rationalities. Presented at the Making Projects Critical Biannual Conference, Manchester, UK.
  • Thomas, J. L. (2012). Learning from PM implementation journeys examined through a management innovation lens. Presented at the PMI Biannual Research Conference, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
  • Thomas, J. L. (2011). Online teaching for WAMMIES. Presented at the Western Academy of Management, Oregon, USA.