The TRANSFORMATION Project: Transferring knowledge to transform project management practice

Lead Research Organisation: Aston University
Department Name: Aston Business School

Abstract

The TRANSFORMATION Project's remit is to transfer existing academic knowledge to transform project management practice. 



The research team have published articles related to actor network theory, social networks and receptivity to organisational change.  This work has been used in partnership with our project partners through a series of workshops to create two new and innovative toolsets: 






  • Actor Analysis Toolset


  • Receptivity for Change Toolset. 



They are being used in specific projects identified by our partners to improve their management practice, and have already helped the ANPR project manager with Warwickshire Police to secure funding from their Business Improvement Board to successfully implement the project across the Warwickshire region - targets have been exceeded. 



The toolsets have also facilitated Playgroup, a London advertising agency, to restructure their organisation to enhance new product development. 



More impact data is currently being collected in these organisations, and the toolsets and being rolled out to Birmingham Local Education Partnership, Echo Managed Services and NHS Warwickshire.  Further interest has been developed from our conference, seminars and web site and a workbook will be produced. 



The Project has also been supported by Associated British Foods, DHL Supply Chain and the Association for Project Management (APM). 



The research team is also learning from our project partners and capturing the knowledge exchange in case studies and journal articles.

Publications


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Butler M (2012) Ready for Change?
Butler, Michael; Rose, Ed (2011) Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
 
Title Capturing Learning and Good Practice 
Description In line with the ERDF Transformation for Growth Project's philosophy of Small Medium Enterprise (SME) capacity building for sustainable long term continuous innovation and change, Dr. Michael JR Butler created a web page as a learning resource which contains a variety of videos. Two of the most important goals of Transformation for Growth are: 1. To capture the learning and good practice from the implementation of The Growth Pathway and The Transformation Toolkits 2. To disseminate them regionally, nationally and internationally to all organisations, especially Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), given we worked with SMEs for this Project Together with Durham University's Policy Research Group, based jointly between St. Chad's College and Durham University Business School, we have written 21 case studies. 12 of the most successful case studies have, in addition, been succinctly summarised in talking head videos or 'how to' guides for transformation. There are 5 longer in-depth videos, and 7 shorter key-message videos. The case studies are in the following order, all alphabetically listed: 5 longer in-depth videos with written case studies 7 shorter key-message videos with written case studies 9 written case studies 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The Project Lead, Dr. Michael JR Butler, is passionate about the history of design, and how cities transform over long periods of time, both in their commerce and their art and architecture. The videos pay homage to the heritage of Birmingham, UK. The videos do not just capture the learning and good practice from the implementation of The Growth Pathway and The Transformation Toolkits, they also iconographically make connections between Birmingham's past and current business revolutions through its building facades. 
URL http://tfg.thetransformationproject.co.uk/case-studies/
 
Title Project management toolsets improved policing 
Description ESRC Impact Video, and supporting ESRC Impact Written Case Study New project management toolsets developed with the ESRC-funded Transformation Project helped Warwickshire Police launch new Automatic Number Plate Recognition schemes on time and budget - targeting vehicle-based criminality and solving a string of serious crimes. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The ESRC Impact Video has made the ESRC TRANSFORMATION Project and the ERDF Transformation for Growth Project more accessible to a global audience. It was one element in securing follow-on funding through the ERDF. It has also helped to establish credibility with a range of practitioners, increasing the range of invited collaborations and presentations. 
URL http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/impact-case-studies/project-management-toolsets-i...
 
Description In 2013, the ESRC clearly identified the impact of The TRANSFORMATION Project as: • the toolsets enabled Warwickshire Police to identify problem areas and measures to address them • the new ANPR schemes were successfully implemented in 2010 on time and within budget • between 2010 and 2012, the Coventry Airport ANPR scheme identified 646,172 vehicles of interest to police, while the Nuneaton ANPR scheme identified a further 423,285 vehicles • the schemes have provided vital evidence for high profile cases including murder, rape, wounding, major fraud, theft and armed robberies. They have also led to the recovery of a police vehicle stolen from Northampton, the identification of an organised crime group engaged in the theft of caravans across the Midlands and the successful prosecution of an organised crime group involved in insurance fraud • see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/features-casestudies/case-studies/28948/project-management-toolsets-improved-policing.aspx Between September 2013 and July 2015 the impact of the ERDF Transformation for Growth Project was: • worked intensively with 38 SMEs • added £2,356,942 Gross Value to the Economy in the West Midlands • created 62 Jobs in the West Midlands • hosted 4 conferences with internationally renowned speakers - 400 attendees • in support of the Equality and Diversity theme, worked with SMEs which identified themselves as Asian or Asian British, Black or Black British, and White British • 37 of our SMEs had not previously worked with the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School, Aston University • enhanced the TRANSFORMATION Project website to capture all the learning: written and video case studies (www.thetransformationproject.co.uk)
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Societal
 
Description Regional economic impact - SME growth
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Between September 2013 and July 2015 the impact of the ERDF Transformation for Growth Project was: • worked intensively with 38 SMEs • added £2,356,942 Gross Value to the Economy in the West Midlands • created 62 Jobs in the West Midlands • hosted 4 conferences with internationally renowned speakers - 400 attendees • in support of the Equality and Diversity theme, worked with SMEs which identified themselves as Asian or Asian British, Black or Black British, and White British • 37 of our SMEs had not previously worked with the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School, Aston University • enhanced the TRANSFORMATION Project website to capture all the learning: written and video case studies (www.thetransformationproject.co.uk)
URL http://www.thetransformationproject.co.uk/
 
Description European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Amount £479,276 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission (EC) 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2013 
End 06/2015
 
Title We have created a set of transformation toolkits: The Growth Pathway and The Transformation Toolkits 
Description The Growth Pathway integrates two transformation toolkits: The Receptivity for Change Toolset and CHAMPS2. CHAMPS2 is modified as a 4 Stage Process for smaller organisations, such as Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In order to successfully pass from one stage to the next, a stage gate needs to be completed. This is an audit of your achievements in the previous stage, and an action plan for the next. The Benefits to SMEs from Using the 4 Stage Process The 4 Stage Process is now a proven, vision led, benefit driven business change method that can enable organisations of any size to undergo change, whilst developing the in-house expertise to do so. It supports holistic change across processes, organisation structure, technology and data. The key strengths of the 4 Stage Process are that it focuses on defining and then realising outcomes. It is therefore an important tool in helping organisations to redesign an approach to service delivery, whilst continuing to focus on what is important from a customer perspective. The 4 Stage Process is designed to review all aspects of service delivery. It not only provides a structured approach to delivering change, it is also flexible and can be adapted for use in a range of change initiatives of any scale. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Between September 2013 and July 2015 the impact of the ERDF Transformation for Growth Project was: • worked intensively with 38 SMEs • added £2,356,942 Gross Value to the Economy in the West Midlands • created 62 Jobs in the West Midlands • hosted 4 conferences with internationally renowned speakers - 400 attendees • in support of the Equality and Diversity theme, worked with SMEs which identified themselves as Asian or Asian British, Black or Black British, and White British • 37 of our SMEs had not previously worked with the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School, Aston University • enhanced the TRANSFORMATION Project website to capture all the learning: written and video case studies (www.thetransformationproject.co.uk) 
URL http://www.thetransformationproject.co.uk/
 
Description ERDF Transformation for Growth Project 
Organisation Birmingham City Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The overarching research objective was to use the management toolsets created during the ESRC funding for The TRANSFORMATION Project, combine them with a change management process from Birmingham City Council, CHAMPS2, to help 35 SMEs to measurably grow
Collaborator Contribution Birmingham City Council provided expertise in a change management process, CHAMPS2
Impact Between September 2013 and July 2015 the impact of the ERDF Transformation for Growth Project was: • worked intensively with 38 SMEs • added £2,356,942 Gross Value to the Economy in the West Midlands • created 62 Jobs in the West Midlands • hosted 4 conferences with internationally renowned speakers - 400 attendees • in support of the Equality and Diversity theme, worked with SMEs which identified themselves as Asian or Asian British, Black or Black British, and White British • 37 of our SMEs had not previously worked with the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School, Aston University • enhanced the TRANSFORMATION Project website to capture all the learning: written and video case studies (www.thetransformationproject.co.uk)
Start Year 2013
 
Description Exchanging knowledge to transform project management practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation given to the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA), Innovation Sub-Section
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.eirma.org/node/71260
 
Description Student studies at Aston Business School and the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://tfg.thetransformationproject.co.uk/case-studies/
 
Description The receptivity for change framework 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at Sofia University, Tokyo, Japan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://tfg.thetransformationproject.co.uk
 
Description The transformation project : management tools for performance improvement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article in Local Authorities and Research Councils' Initiative (LARCI) Newsletter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/innovation/larci/Winter_10_final.pdf