University of Hertfordshire

Professor Darren Dalcher PhD (Lond), HonFAPM, FCMI, FBCS, CITP, FRSA, SMIEEE, SFHEA


Darren Dalcher

Professor Darren Dalcher PhD (Lond), HonFAPM, FCMI, FBCS, CITP, FRSA, SMIEEE, SFHEA


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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Darren Dalcher is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, and holds visiting appointments at Warwick Manufacturing Group, Drexel University, SKEMA Business School, Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland. He is the founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), an interdisciplinary centre of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, third sector organisations and the learned societies. The Centre aims to set the national agenda and establish project management as a major profession and discipline in the UK. The Centre is thus concerned with fostering active dialogue about the integration of successful practice and theoretical research within project management.


Following industrial and consultancy experience in managing technology projects, Professor Dalcher gained his PhD from King's College, University of London. In 1992, he founded and has continued as chair of the Forensics Working Group of the IEEE Technical Committee on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, an international group of academic and industrial participants formed to share information and develop expertise in project and system failure and recovery.


He is active in numerous international committees, standards bodies, steering groups, and editorial boards. He is heavily involved in organising international conferences, and has delivered many international keynote addresses and tutorials. He has written over 200 refereed papers and book chapters on project management and software engineering and published over 30 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution, and of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process. He is the editor of an established book series, Advances in Project Management, published by Routledge which synthesises leading edge knowledge, skills, insights and reflections in project and programme management and of a new companion series, Fundamentals of Project Management, which provides the essential grounding in key areas of project management.


He has built a reputation as leader and innovator in the area of practice-based education and reflection in project management and has worked with many major industrial, commercial and charitable organisations and government bodies. has designed and developed the UK’s first professional doctorate in project management, alongside an extensive suite of executive and professional masters programmes and diplomas. In 2008 he was named by the Association for Project Management as one of the top 10 influential experts in project management and has also been voted Project Magazine’s Academic of the Year for his contribution in “integrating and weaving academic work with practice”. He has been chairman of the influential APM Project Management Conference since 2009, setting consecutive attendance records and bringing together the most influential speakers.


He received international recognition in 2009 with his appointment as a member of the PMForum International Academic Advisory Council, which features leading academics from some of the world’s top universities and academic institutions. The Council showcases accomplished researchers, influential educators shaping the next generation of project managers and recognised authorities on modern project management. In October 2011 he was awarded a prestigious lifetime Honorary Fellowship from the Association for Project Management for outstanding contribution to project management.


He has delivered lectures and courses in many international institutions, including King’s College London, Cranfield Business School, ESC Lille, Iceland University, University of Southern Denmark, Drexel University, and George Washington University. He has won multiple awards and prizes, including most recently, the Best Paper Award from the British Academy of Management in September 2015, the CMI’s Management Articles of the Year Competion in February 2016, and an Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerlad Literati Network Awards for Excellence in May 2017. His research interests focus on rethinking project success and project agility; but also encompass maturity and capability; ethics; process improvement; systems and software engineering; decision making; change management; chaos and complexity; project leadership; knowledge management; and evidence-based and reflective practice.


Professor Dalcher is an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Member of the Project Management Institute and the Academy of Management. He is a Chartered IT Practitioner. He sits on many senior research and professional boards, including the PMI Academic Member Advisory Board, The APM Research Advisory Group, The International Advisory Council of PM World Today, the CMI Academic Council and the APM Group Ethics and Standards Governance Board.

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