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Ika, Lavagnon

Ika, Lavagnon

Associate Professor
Program Director, M.Sc. in Management
BAC C (Collège Père-Aupiais), B.B.A. (Institut National d'Économie), BAC G2 (National Examination), M.Sc. (UQO), Ph.D. (UQAM)
Location
DMS 7109
Telephone
613-562-5800 x 4781
Email
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Biography

Lavagnon Ika is Associate Professor of Project Management (PM) and Program Director for the MSc in Management at the Telfer School of Management (uOttawa). He holds an M.Sc. in PM from UQO and a PhD in business administration with specialization in Project Management from the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Montreal-based joint doctoral program with McGill, Concordia, and HEC Universities.

Over the past 18 years, he has taught PM at the B.Com, MSc and MBA/EMBA levels in both the French and English languages, in Canada but also in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He is currently teaching in the Telfer’s executive Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership. He has led a number of PM workshops in organizational settings and advised a number of project managers and senior business leaders in his consulting work. His clients include public sector departments, international organisations like the World Bank and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), and other private businesses. A full time faculty member since 2007, he has supervised a few PhD students and a dozen M.Sc. students and sat on many MSc and PhD committees all over the world.

His research topics include: what makes projects complex; what makes projects successful; why do projects fail and what can be done about it; how projects behave; and what is the role of project strategy, supervision and management in project success/failure. Besides his works on international development projects, Professor Ika has a genuine interest in project settings such as arts and culture, law, education, etc. as well as in strategy and in the foundations of PM Research. He is the author of some twenty papers in peer reviewed journals as well as of more than twenty conference proceedings. Professor Ika’s work has been published in many journals including World Development, the International Journal of Project Management, the Project Management Journal, the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, and the Journal of African Business. He is Associate Editor for the International Journal of Project Management, a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of African Business. His works have been funded by granting agencies such as SSHRC and FRQSC.

He received the Emerald Best Reviewer Award in 2018, Outstanding Paper Award in 2017 and Highly Commended Paper Award in 2011; the IPMA Research Award in 2017 and the IPMA Research Contribution of a Young Researcher Award in 2012. He was awarded the Telfer’s Innovative Researcher Award in 2017. Two of his papers are among the most cited papers in top PM journals since 2011. Many of his papers are praised by PM practitioners.

Research Areas
  • Complex Project Management
  • Foundations of Project Management Research
  • Management
  • Project Behavior and Misbehavior
  • Project Management & International Development
  • Project Management & Strategy

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • Ika, L.A. Under what circumstances do capacity building projects work?. In Chrysostome, E.. Capacity Building Book. Taylor & Francis, 2018.
  • Ika, L.A. A Contribution of Results Based Management to Project Design. In Chaput, L.. Project Design Strategic Information - A Process Approach. Sainte-Foy: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2011.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Ika, L.A. 2018. Beneficial or detrimental ignorance: The straw man fallacy of Flyvbjerg’s test of Hirschman’s Hiding Hand. World Development, 103: 369-382.
  • Ika, L.A., Söderlund, J., Munro, L.T. and Landoni, P. 2018. When project management meets international development, what can we learn? International Journal of Project Management, 36(2): 331-333.
  • Love, P.E.D. , Ika, L.A., Locatelli, G. and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D.D. 2018. Future-proofing ‘next generation’ infrastructure assets. Frontiers of Engineering Management.
  • Ika, L.A. and Donnelly, J. 2017. Success conditions for international development capacity building project. International Journal of Project Management, 35(1): 44-63.
  • Ika, L.A. and Söderlund, J. 2016. Rethinking revisited: Insights from an early rethinker. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 9(4): 931-934.
  • Ika, L.A. and Bredillet, C.N. 2016. The metaphysical questions every project practitioner should ask. Project Management Journal, 47(3): 86-100.
  • Saint-Macary, J. and Ika, L.A. 2015. Atypical Perspectives on Project Management: Moving Beyond the Rational, to the Political and the Psychosocial. International Journal of Project Organization & Management, 7(3): 236-250.
  • Ika, L.A. 2015. Opening the black box of project management: Does World Bank project supervision influence project impact. International Journal of Project Management, 33(5): 1111-1123.
  • Ika, L.A. and Hodgson, D. 2014. Learning from international development projects: Blending critical project studies and critical development studies. International Journal of Project Management, 32(7): 1182-1196.
  • Ika, L.A. 2014. Grands projets : Trop grands pour réussir? Organisations & Territoires, 23(3): 5-13.
  • Ika, L.A. and Saint-Macary, J. 2014. Why do projects fail in Africa? Journal of African Business, 15(3): 151-155.
  • Ika, L.A., Diallo, A. and Thuillier, D. 2012. Critical Success Factors for World Bank Projects and Empirical Investigation. International Journal of Project Management, 30(1): 105-116.
  • Gauthier, J.B. and Ika, L.A. 2012. Foundations of Project Management Research: An Explicit and Six Facet Ontological. Project Management Journal, 43(5): 5-23.
  • Ika, L.A. 2012. Project Management for Development in Africa: Why Projects are Failing and What Can be Done About It. Project Management Journal, 43(4): 27-41.
  • Ika, L.A. and Saint-Macary, J. 2012. The Project Planning Myth in International Development. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 5(3): 420-439.
  • Ika, L.A., Diallo, A. and Thuillier, D. 2011. The Empirical Relationship between Success Factors and Dimensions: The Perspectives of World Bank Project Supervisors and Managers. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 4(4): 711-719.
  • Ika, L.A. and Lytvynov, V. 2011. 'Management-per-result' Approach to International Development Project Design. Project Management Journal, 42(4): 87-104.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Ika, L.A. 2018. "Measuring the effectiveness of capacity building programs", n/a.
  • McWatters, C.S. and Ika, L.A. 2018. "Understanding our budgeting system", n/a.
  • Ika, L.A. 2011. "Les facteurs clés de succès des projets d'aide au développement (The key success factors for international development projects)", UQAM, n/a.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2018-2020 School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) To what extent are project managers involved in project planning and does it matter for project success O I PI $ 12,000
2014-2017 School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Project Leadership and Teamwork in High Power Distance Matrix Structures: The Case of African Science Projects R I Co-I $ 6,000
2014-2015 SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded) Project manager's level of involvement in project planning: The case of international development projects R C PI $ 0
2013 SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded) Why international development project managers are yet to be involved in project planning and what can be done about it R C PI $ 0
2012-2014 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Project supervision in project management and in international development literatures R I PI $ 20,000
2011-2012 Université du Québec en Outaouais Les facteurs clés de succès des projets de développement - la perception des superviseurs de projet de l'Union européenne, de l'AFD, de la GTZ et du DFI R I PI $ 10,000
2010-2011 Université du Québec en Outaouais Appui financier pour la soutenance de thèse O I PI $ 1,000

*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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