The Postgraduate School of Engineering invites you to a Master Class in Project Management @UJ

TITLE: Is ignorance good or bad for projects? Or can creativity come to the rescue?

Ignorance can be bad because it leads to starting projects that should not have been started, some argue. Ignorance can be rather good because if people had known in advance the real costs and difficulties of the project, no project would ever be approved, others suggest.
Who is right? Who is wrong? why? And how about major projects in Africa?

DATE Monday, 18 July 2022
TIME 16:00 – 20:00
VENUE Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus
Ontdekking GH201

Lavagnon Ika, MSc, PhD is Professor of Project Management, MSc program director in Management and Health, and Founding Director of the Observatory of Major Projects at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He is currently a Carnegie Fellow and visiting professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GBIS) of the University of Pretoria. For the past 20 years, he has taught project management around the world. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Project Management, a member of the Academic Boards of the international project management associations PMI and IPMA. Professor Ika’s research has been published in prestigious outlets such as World Development, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Production Planning and Control, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, International Journal
of Project Management, Project Management Journal and Harvard Business Review France. His work has earned him three Emerald Publishing House Awards of Excellence (Best Reviewer Award in 2018, Outstanding Paper in 2017 and Highly Commended Paper Award in 2011), as well as three IPMA Global Awards of Excellence (Research Award in 2017 and 2022 and Contribution of a Young Researcher Award in 2012). He was awarded the Telfer Innovative Researcher Award in 2017 and the Telfer Established Researcher Award in 2021. Several of his articles have received praise from practitioners. Prof Ika can be contacted at



July 18, 2022

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