I wanted to get profound knowledge in Project Management, and was interested in exploring project...
With over twenty-five years of Program and Project Management experience across multiple industries in IT function, Gaiyasudeen A Syed has delivered large transformation technology programs and managed a team of project managers.
Examining the causes of IT project failures
Gaiyasudeen currently works for project management practice development in one of the largest banks in Sydney, where he is a mentor for less experienced project managers.
“My interest in PhD research was prompted by an increased rate of IT project failures” Gaiyasudeen says. “I wanted to explore what causes project complexity, and how social complexity is engendered because of human interaction in projects.”
Gaiyasudeen’s interpretive framework draws upon complexity theory principles including complex adaptive systems, Stacey’s model of complex responsive process of power relating, Wieck’s theory of sense making and Luhmann’s theory of social systems.
“For the research I adopted a ‘participative/constructionist’ qualitative methodology using data from a single case project and interviews from a telecommunications organisation in Sydney. This data was subjected to context, narrative analysis and grounded theory coding techniques”
“My research concluded that complexity in an IT project stems from directional, environmental and temporal factors rather than technological factors.” said Gaiyasudeen.
Acquiring a deep and thorough expertise
“I wanted to get profound knowledge in Project Management, and was interested in exploring project complexity, especially the social complexity in project environments” says Gaiyasudeen.
“The school of Built Environment at UTS has very strong intellectual capital in the area of project management. Well-renowned scholars teach and participate in various research activities in this field. And as a technology university it was right place for my research.”
“The encouragement and guidance I received through out my research journey is remarkable.”
Combining work and research commitments
“For a working professional, conducting an additional part-time research degree is a daunting task. Fortunately, UTS provides flexibility and focuses on quality outcomes.”
“Published scholars in the faculty helped guide me through the research process, and along with the support of my supervisor Dr Shankar Sankaran, I was easily able to reach out to academics from other faculties for clarifications.”
“Seminars and workshops are regularly organized to assist with the process and writing of the thesis, which is a challenge in itself. I also enjoyed lectures and discussions with visiting scholars to the faculty.”
“I found that the university was very committed to technology research, and the feedback and review responses were both meaningful and timely,” said Gaiyasudeen.
Doctor of Philosophy, School of Built Environment, University of Technology, Sydney, 2016
Master of Project Management, University of Sydney, 2005
Master of Computer Applications, Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu, India. 1991
BSC -Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Sacred Heart College, TN, India, 1988
MSP – Managing Successful Programs (Prac) Dec 2013
Syed, G. & Sankaran, S. 2009, 'Investigating an interpretive framework to manage complex information technology projects', Proceedings of the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects, Berlin