Dr Emmaunel Unuafe
MSc, PgCTHE, PhD, FHEA
I teach in a range of business and management related subjects on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In addition, I coordinate units that run across different locations and partner institutions. I have over 57 months of relevant academic and higher education experience, currently teaching at Buckinghamshire New University.
My roles and responsibilities in this institution of higher learning have ranged from designing, teaching, assessment and co-leadership of course, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. I am also a team-player and contributed to the wider work of the department by working with/managing a number of partnership provision in London (David Game College) and Oxford (Oxford Business College). This includes delivering continuous staff development activities at the partner’s site aimed at mentoring new academics. Three sessions have been organized since taking up this responsibility in February of this year within the two partnership institutions. All of which were aimed at improving assessment feedback and marking practices.
My main specialty is Project Management however, l comfortably teach on a number of other modules including, Project Management Practice, Business Research Methods, Investigating Work-based learning and self-review, International Logistics and Supply Chain Management etc.
I have been significantly involved in the development, delivery and leadership in the University's corporate programmes such as Level 4 Apprenticeship to clients such as Wood Plc, Gartec Ltd, and Collins Aerospace. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My pedagogical philosophy over the past 57 months in higher education has always been underpinned by the continuous desire to enhance the student learning experience.
My primary research interests lie in broad areas of Project Management and Project Selection. I am particularly interested in research centered on improving public sector project delivery, value and stakeholder engagement, and project selection in Sub-Saharan Africa and implementation of best practices in developing and transitional countries.
I completed my PhD in Project Management 2017 in which I examined project selection practices and factors influencing the process within the Nigerian public sector. Primary research was conducted with government officials in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Federal Capital Territory Development Authority, Political Office Holders as well as the Bureau of Public Procurement representatives in order to get different perspectives of construction project selection processes and factors influencing the process.
My future interests lie in examining:
The impact of project manager’s soft leadership skills on project delivery, Public sector management; Project and Operations management; Strategic and Quality management; Inter-organisational networks; Scheduling; Project Controls and Risk Mitigation; strategic & Long-term planning for project based organization’s executive; project performance management; total quality management / continuous improvement principles; logistics and supply chain planning; and applications of operations research.
I am passionately interested in researching the application-ability of project selection frameworks and the dynamics that influences project selection process in both private and public sector organizations. Since 2012, I have attended conferences organized by both private and public sector organizations in order to observe and learn the various frameworks employed in the selection of project and the value decision makers place on stakeholders engagement and its impact on project selection and delivery process.