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Centre for Applied Science in Project Management (CENTAS∙PM)

Research continues to demonstrate that organisations fail to deliver successful project outcomes. Project Management as an industry led disciple, lacks some of the academic underpinning in conceptualised approaches. Project cost and time overruns have profound impact on companies and national economies alike. 

CENTAS∙PM aims to leverage on current trends and research opportunities while providing academic rigour for the global project management community.

Centre for Applied Science in Project Management (CENTAS∙PM)

Part of the Russell Group


The Centre for Applied Science for Project Management (CENTAS∙PM) is a leader at the forefront of cutting-edge research and enterprise within the University of Southampton Business School’s Operations, Projects, Purchasing and Supply group

CENTAS∙PM is a multi-disciplinary team of academics and industry experts who have developed local, national and international reputation for excellence in the related fields of decision making, digitalisation, artificial intelligence, innovation, risk research, knowledge management, soft skills development, sustainability and competitive positioning. In these areas we have undertaken successful research grant applications, regularly publishing papers in international journals and deliver world leading consultancy and professional short courses.

We strive to achieve positive impact on businesses, economy and social environments with the aim of strengthening collaboration between academia and industry.






CENTAS∙PM provides research informed insights through a wide range of theoretical and methodological positions by drawing on relevant research in other disciplines such as economics, strategy, operations management, decision making, organisational behaviour and knowledge management.



Current research interest include:

Programme and Portfolio Management
Agile Project Management
Digital Project Management
Disruptive Technology Management
System Dynamics
Benefits Realisation Management
Knowledge intensive projects and internal knowledge transfer to achieve sustainable competitive advantage
Risk radars and knowledge based project management decision making
Project Realist Evaluation (The Agile Way)

Current Doctoral Programme Topics:

Exploring the integration of sustainability in project management within the Saudi Arabian non-governmental organisations sector.

Current Masters Programme:

MSc Project Management




Real soultions for real world problems









Improve your knowledge of project management and gain insight into agile and traditional project environments on this professional short course available to the public. 

AgileFramePM combines the world’s most popular project management methodologies, tools and techniques, allowing delegates to better understand traditional and agile project environments.

You’ll become familiar with the different philosophies and principles of project management from a knowledge-based perspective. Using this method as a context to achieve competitive advantage or innovation, for example, allows practitioners to use current best practice as a flexible mechanism to achieve the desired project output and benefit. 

This dynamic project management view also provides maximum flexibility and scalable methods for managing a wide range of projects across any sector. 

If you would like to take your skills to a higher level, we also offer a full MSc Project Management 

Who is the course for?

This short course is ideally suited to delegates who want to upskill their project management knowledge and gain a further understanding of project management tools, techniques, and methodologies.

The course is suited to delegates at all stages of their project management career. There is no prerequisite for entry. 

For further information please contact Dr Serkan Ceylan at





CENTAS∙PM members collaborate with researchers, practitioners, and professional institutions worldwide and disseminate their work at international conferences. The Centre also actively promotes and hosts conferences and seminars which address a range of project management related subject areas.


Current Events and Seminars include: 

Topic: Why Agile works and what you can learn from it

Date: 29/12/2018 

Speaker: Dr David Baxter        Sponsor: Southampton Business School 

Topic: The PM race between the tortoise and the hare… and the winner is?

Date: 27/03/2019 

Speaker: Dr Serkan Ceylan        Sponsor: AMP Association for project management 

Topic: Next Generation Event

Date: March 2019 date TBC 

Speaker: TBC                           Sponsor: ESRC  

Topic: Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Event

Date: March 2019 date TBC 

Speaker: Dr Phil Jewell         Sponsor: Southampton Business School




Our members


Name Faculty
 Professor Stephen Brown  Faculty of Social Science 
 Dr Serkan Ceylan  Faculty of Social Science
 Dr Nicholas Dacre  Faculty of Social Science
 Dr Ramesh Vahidi  Faculty of Social Science



Name Faculty
 Dr David Baxter  Faculty of Social Science  
 Dr Alastair Marshall  Faculty of Social Science
 Mr Yu (Jack) Gong  Faculty of Social Science
 Vanessa Mar-Molinero  Faculty of Arts and Humanities
 Dr Phil Jewell  Research and Innovation Services





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