On April 7, 2017, Prof. Shlomo Globerson, Dean of the Engineering School at the Ruppin Academic Center in Israel gave a lecture to the teachers and students in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM). The lecture, entitled “Evaluating the Quality of Project Planning: A Model and a Field Study” was hosted by Prof. Leyuan Shi, director of IEM.
Prof. Globerson pointed out that executing a project according to its plan does not guarantee a successful completion of the project, since if it follows a faulty plan it is bound to fail. Many studies proved that faulty plans are a major cause for project failures. Much has been written about management control mechanisms that compare execution to plan and initiate correction actions to close undesired gap. However, very little has been written about methodologies to be used for verifying that the plan is right, and with a good fit to the original intention.
The seminar presented an approach which may be used to evaluate the quality of the project planning. He pointed out that project management planning quality is 50% dependent on organizational support and 50% on project know-how. His approach can be used for improving the planning of future projects. Field study validated the approach and found out that risk and communication are the two factors that are poorly managed.
Prof. Shlomo Globerson obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technion, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of California at Berkeley. Presently he is the Dean of the Engineering School at the Ruppin Academic Center in Israel. Previously he was the head of the Industrial Engineering and Management Department at the Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem, and the head of the Management of Technology at the Graduate School of Business Administration - Tel Aviv University. Prof. Globerson has published over eighty refereed articles and ten books, and is a frequent visiting scholar at universities and establishments.