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Management

Being a project manager: a professional imperative!

  • Since 2000, I have created, developed and led two large scale projects of research focusing on the Biomechanics. I have been the main active researcher and the leader of these two projects and several other projects since both in academia and health related industry.
  • However, in 2003, it became clear that my role as project manager had to be more predominant to accommodate the successful expansion of these two projects. Consequently, I was appointed by QUT as Senior Researcher with the mission to insure the constant growth of these projects, in terms of grants, publications, links with industry partners, research team, etc.
  • With this shift, I was able to further develop my deep interest in project management. My professional development was expanded to include a sound understanding of project management techniques and a competency in project management tools.
  • These skills and techniques have been perfected while I was as Senior Research Fellow and Manager of the R&D Department of Med-e-Serv and in my current position as Professor of Biomechanics at UQAM.

Formal and on-the-job training in project management

I acquired substantial knowledge of several project management techniques through: Professional Certificate in Clinical Research (First Class Honors), including following courses:

  • Clinical research contact and practice,
  • Managing clinical research projects and teams,
  • Basic clinical research tools,
  • Responsibilities and ethics of clinical research,
  • Future Research Leaders Program organised for UQ staff, which includes the following courses:
  • Research strategy and planning,
  • Commencement and collaboration,
  • Governance and compliance,
  • Intellectual property and commercialisation,
  • Finance, resource and risk management,
  • Grant and contract administration,
  • Managing and leading people in research context,
  • Project closeout,
  • Discussions with experienced professionals and senior academics within the organisations,
  • Personal readings of several books and/or CR-ROMs presenting different techniques,
  • Information gathering through specialised web sites and group of interests.

Effective people management skills

  • Over the course of my employments as researcher and manager both in academia and in the industry, I have been consistently managing front-line teams going up to 20 part-time and full-time staffs, including educators, engineers, technicians, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, students, and administrative staff.
  • I believe my people, management and leadership abilities are well reflected in the results of the Leader Practice Inventory test I took as part of a course focusing on Managing clinical research projects and teams. This test revealed that my leadership style relies on the following characteristics:
    • Enable others to act (83%)
    • Modeling the way (75%)
    • Inspiring a shared vision (75%)
    • Encouraging the heart (67%)
  • The results confirmed that my most significant strength is enabling others to act. This is particularly helpful when working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Indeed, it enabled me to assemble a multi-disciplinary back-line team of more than 70 experts in their chosen medical and health fields.

Consistent developments of effective relationships and collaborations

  • Since 2000, I have developed relationships with more than 70 collaborators worldwide working in a wide range of medical professions, including: 6 medical educators, 6 surgeons, 5 clinicians, 7 prosthetists, 3 physiotherapists, 8 engineers, 5 technicians as well as 23 biomechanists.
  • By essence, my academic activities have accommodated cross-facilities and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Consequently, I have developed collaborations with over 30 organizations in Australia and overseas, including 16 universities or research institutions, 5 care providers, 6 industrials and 6 other institutions.
  • These relationships were effective as the term “collaborator” describes an individual who has been listed in the byline of publications, grant applications and/or formal research agreements.


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