15-03-2012 EPOC Rheden 10 - 12 juli 2012 Geert Dewulf

For More Information: Paul Chinowsky, University of Colorado

E-mail: paul.chinowsky@colorado.edu



EPOC 2012 continues to focus on research in the field of engineering project organizations. EPOC 2012 is a unique event that provides a forum for researchers to present research findings and have in-depth exchanges on emerging research. Our perspective in this conference is broader than project delivery approaches, organization structures and work processes. It includes the multi-faceted organizational and governance challenges facing the managers of modern global engineering and construction project organizations. Today’s leaders and managers must be entrepreneurial in lining up financing and public support for the project; accountable for economic, environmental and social outcomes of the project, transparent in their relationships and transactions; and open to meaningful stakeholder engagement with participants, supporters and opponents of the project. This broad approach to project organization research frames EPOC 2012. In recognition of the fact that EPOC 2012 will be the first EPOS conference held in Europe, the overall theme for the conference this year is Global Collaboration. EPOC 2012 builds on the primary themes of the EPOS society and the EPO journal as follows:

Infrastructure development and governance – research efforts that emphasize the development and governance of civil and social infrastructure projects from initial conception to operations and maintenance;

Project- and Program-Based enterprises – research on project or program-specific organizations at all levels of governance activities;

Inter- and intra-firm coordination – research on the interdependencies in project organizations and approaches for analyzing and improving partnerships and coordination;

Engineering Business enterprises – research encompassing the enterprises that undertake engineering projects including business, management, and governance issues within enterprises.

In addition to the four core themes of EPOC 2012, the conference will have a special track on Sustainability related to project organizations.

Keynotes and Panelists

EPOC 2012 will include a distinguished group of keynotes and panelists to inspire discussion and exchange among the participants. Keynotes and panelists will include:

Professor Karlos Artto – Professor, Aalto University School of Science, Finland

Professor David Gann – Chair in Technology and Innovation Management, Imperial College, UK

Professor Will Hughes – Professor of Construction Management and Economics – University of Reading, UK

Professor Raymond Levitt – Director of the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Stanford University, USA

Professor Martin Loosemore - Professor of Construction Management - University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Peter Morris – Professor, University College London, UK