Dr. Jennifer Jewer

Highlight-Dr-Jennifer-JewerA research project focused on project management in social enterprises has earned a major grant from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dr. Jennifer Jewer has received $20,986 USD for her project, Understanding the nature of project management in social enterprises.

She’s the first researcher from the Faculty of Business Administration to earn a PMI grant. PMI is the field’s leading global professional association.

Dr. Jewer’s two year-project will address an important gap regarding the unique needs and challenges of managing projects in social enterprises.

Phase one, including a literature review and developing the research question and framework, is complete. In phase two, she’ll develop and disseminate a survey to social enterprises across Canada.

Dr. Jewer noted that while project management is now integrated into most industries and in organizations of varying sizes and complexities, the majority of project management tools, methodologies and strategies tend to be highly structured and complex, like the large, complex organizations for which they were designed.

However, social enterprises face greater resource constraints than these larger organizations, and are simultaneously pursuing both social and economic goals.

“These structural differences justify a different approach to project management,” she said.

To date, Dr. Jewer and master of business administration student Penny Fillier-Skinner have presented their work at an Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) conference. In June 2022, she’ll present at ASAC again with PhD in management student Farshad Amini.

Dr. Tom Cooper is a co-investigator on the project. Dr. Natalie Slawinski from the University of Victoria and Dr. Kam Jugdev from Athabasca University are collaborators. PhD in management student Pedram Pourasgari is a research assistant.