The course at UTS offered me flexibility and access to this knowledge, which I continue to apply...
The depth and breadth of Dr Chivonne Algeo’s research career on diverse industries cannot be understated. After starting her career as an art director she now conducts extensive research on managing knowledge in projects, and how knowledge is acquired and exchanged when managing projects.
From art direction to aeronautics
“My action research approach showed inconsistencies between project managers’ observed behaviour, project managers’ view of themselves and colleagues’ opinions, when sharing their knowledge,” she says.
“I found that project managers acquire and exchange knowledge in a contextual way, primarily through workplace experiences and interaction with colleagues.”
Dr Algeo is a highly sought-after presenter and researcher by large organisations across a range of fields including aeronautics, financial services, health and infrastructure.
Awarded best student research paper at the International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP) XI Project Research Conference, Oslo, Norway in 2013, Dr Algeo continues to expand the scope of her research.
Research underpinned by a strong record of professional achievement
Before joining the DAB academic team in 2007, Dr Algeo worked on projects for multinational organisations in the financial services and health industries across Australia and Asia Pacific. Her strong record of achievement as a project management professional informs her research.
“Managing project knowledge is a dynamic research discipline. Challenges don’t remain static for industry,” Dr Algeo says.
“That’s what drives every aspect of my research, whether it’s supervising HDR students, publishing in leading international journals and books, or presenting at research and industry conferences and symposiums.”
In 2014, Dr Algeo presented at the annual NASA International Project Management Forum at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. NASA invited her to extend her work, and she is currently conducting research across three of its sites in the United States.
Dr Algeo has held elected offices as National Secretary and NSW State President for the Australian Institute of Project Management and Chair, Council of Fellows. She has also been a Board Member and Chair of the Women’s Housing Company Ltd, where she led strategic change, governance, risk and compliance. Dr Algeo has also advised the global industry association, the Project Management Institute, on research and curriculum development, and led the Knowledge and Research Council for the Australian Institute of Project Management.
From student to supervisor
While managing projects at Lend Lease, Dr Algeo enrolled in a Masters of Project Management degree at UTS.
“I needed to accelerate and deepen my knowledge due to the speed of change and rapid implementation of multiple projects. The course at UTS offered me flexibility and access to this knowledge, which I continue to apply professionally and personally,” Dr Algeo says.
She returned to academia, inspired by student learning and the opportunity to research. After attaining her PhD, she now shares her student experiences with others, including co-supervising and mentoring current PhD candidates.
Dr Algeo is also a member of the Centre for Management and Organisational Studies (CMOS), the Centre for Contemporary Design Practices (CCDP), and the Built Environment Design and Management (BEDM) group.
“These UTS research group memberships, as well as those external academic and professional groups, provide multiple opportunities to collaborate with both academics and project management practitioners. Ultimately, combinations of ideas and relationships can inspire integrated and collaborative research,” she says.
“UTS DAB’s support for applied research is invaluable. For example a competitive CCDP grant has enabled me to further extend and publish my research on sustainable knowledge acquisition and exchange.”
Dr Algeo conducts research on the use of individual and group reflections to improve project outcomes; using knowledge to make evidence-based decisions in changing environments; and examining the interactions and roles of change managers and project managers.
Dr Algeo teaches and coordinates postgraduate project management subjects including Project Management Principles; Project Management Practicum; Project Performance Improvement and Professional Project Practice.
Doctor of Philosophy, School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Master of Project Management (Research), University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Diploma in Marketing and Certificate in Graphic Design
Owen, J., Algeo, C. & Connor, J. in print, 'Entre or Not - how to gain and sustain access to research sites', in B. Pasian (ed.), Designs, Methods and Practices for Research in Project Management, Gower Publishing, Surrey, UK (due March 2015)
Algeo, C. 'Action Research in a Project Environment', in D. Coghlan & M. Brydon-Miller (eds), Action Research in a Project Environment, Action Research Encyclopedia, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA, pp. 659-661, 2014.
Pollack, J. & Algeo, C. 2015, 'Should Project Management Aspire to be an Archetypal Profession?' International Journal of Project Organisation and Management (peer reviewed and accepted for publication)
Algeo, C. 2014, ‘Exploring Project Knowledge Acquisition and Exchange through Action Research’, Project Management Journal, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 46-56.
Pollack, J. & Algeo, C. 2014, 'Perspectives on Formal Authority Between Project Managers and Change Managers, and what it can tell us about their different world views', Project Management Journal, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 27-43.
Pollack, J. & Algeo, C. accepted, ‘A comparison of Project Manager and Change Manager involvement in organisational change project activities and stages. ‘The Journal of Modern Project Management, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 8-17.
Hatcher, C., Linger, H., Owen, J. & Algeo, C. 2013, 'The Challenges of Managing Complexity in Projects: An Australian Perspective', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 1069-188.
Sense, A., Owen, J. & Watt, C. 2011, 'Profiling the Context and Opportunities for Australian Project Management Research', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 105-17.
Public Lectures and Conference Papers
Algeo, C. 2014, 'Using Reflection and Storytelling to Inform Evidence-Based Decisions: An action research study of Australian project managers.', paper presented to the 58th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), George Washington University, Washington DC.
Pollack, J. & Algeo, C. 2014, 'The Contribution of Project and Change Managers to Different Project Activities', paper presented to the PMI Research and Education Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Algeo, C. 2014, ‘Project Governance and Applied Reflection in Evolving Environments’, paper presented to the 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, (EDULEARN14) Barcelona, Spain.
Algeo, C. 2014, 'Developing Professional Project Managers: The use of practice-oriented learning', paper presented to the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2014), Madrid, Spain.
Algeo, C. 2013, 'Designing Research to Understand Knowledge Exchange among Project Managers', International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP) XI Project Research Conference, Oslo, Norway.
Algeo, C. 2013, 'The Researcher-Participant Relationship In Action Research: A Case Study Involving Australian Project Managers', 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2013), Madrid, Spain.
Pollack, J. & Algeo, C. 2013, 'Who reports to whom? Perspectives on the reporting relationship between Project and Change Managers', paper presented to the 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), Istanbul, Turkey.
Algeo, C. 2012, 'Action Research in Project Management: An Examination of Australian Project Managers', 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2012), Madrid, Spain.
Algeo, C. 2012, 'Embedding Project Knowledge through Reflective Practice', Project Management Institute (PMI) Research and Education Conference, Limerick, Ireland.
Algeo, C. 2012, 'Learning In a Social Context to Develop Reflective Practitioners', 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN12) Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
Antoniades, H. & Algeo, C. 2012, 'A Comparative Analysis of Continuing Professional Development for Professionals within the Built Environment', 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN12) Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
Algeo, C. 2011, 'Do You See What I See: A project manager’s knowledge nightmare', Project Management Australia (PMOZ) Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Algeo, C. 2011, 'Developing Reflective Project Managers', Panidea Global Webinar.
Note: The following publications note "Watt" which was the surname used prior to April, 2012 when it changed to "Algeo". The author is the same person.
Watt, C. 2010, 'Project Field Studies: sense making on the job', Project Management Institute (PMI) Asia Pacific Global Congress, Melbourne, Australia.
Owen, J., Watt, C. & Sense, A. 2009, 'The Landscape of Australian Project Management Research', International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP) IX Conference, Berlin, Germany.
Watt, C. 2009, 'Gender Diversity in Non-traditional Industries', Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) National Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Watt, C. 2009, 'Learning how to Manage Projects: Exploring the Situational Context', Project Management Australia (PMOZ) Conference, Canberra, Australia.
Watt, C. & Stefani, W. 2008, 'Managing Project Managers: an exercise in parenting using a Government energy case study', 22nd International Project Management Association (IPMA) World Congress, Rome, Italy.
Watt, C. (2008) ‘Governing Projects using Flexible Formal Systems’, Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) National Conference, Canberra, Australia.
Watt, C. 2008, 'Project Management as a Profession: are we there yet?', Project Management Australia (PMOZ) Conference, Canberra, Australia.
Watt, C. 2008, 'Collaboration Amongst Practitioners, Associations and Academic: a case study in practice', Australasian University Building Educators Association (AUBEA) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Watt, C. 2007, 'Project Success Measures: defining the link between strategic intent and management by project', 4th World Project Management Week, Singapore.
Valence, d.G., Best, R. & Watt, C. 2007, 'Project Management Education: Opportunities and challenges', Innovative Collaborations Alliances and Networks (ICAN) Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Watt, C. 2000, 'Project Management Fee Structures', International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP) IV Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Watt, C. 1999, 'Project Management Fee Structures', paper presented to the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) NSW Chapter Forum, Sydney, Australia.