Management of very large IT projects


Schedule and location

Thursday February 1st - Friday  February 2nd 
Main building of Turku School of Economics (Rehtorinpellonkatu 3), Thursday room Yhdistys &  Friday room Säätiö.


Registration is closed because the seminar is full. 


Professor Robert Winter, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Professor Reima Suomi, Turku School of Economics, Finland.


Professor Reima Suomi, Turku School of Economics, Finland.


 Despite of many decades of efforts in academia and research to facilitate the management of large IT projects, a high percentage of projects still fail – in terms of budget, timing, delivered functionality and / or because the promised benefits do not materialize.

We have investigated a number of large-scale failures in order to investigate how not only management deficits, but also contextual factors and governance issues affect megaproject success. 

In the seminar we will report on insights from assessing a large number of projects, both in terms of quantitative analysis (clusters and patterns) as well as in terms of in-depth case studies. We will also elaborate on governance concepts that do not only promise to better avoid management deficits (project management level), but particularly to improve project governance (steering committee level).

Detailed Program

Day 1

10:00 – 10:20 Introduction and course overview

10:20 – 11:50 A review of 15 failed IT megaprojects in Switzerland (lecture&discussion; Robert Winter)

Lunch Break

13:10 – 14:40 From project management to project governance (lecture&discussion; Robert Winter)

15:00 – 16:30 Electronic prescription – an IT megaproject in Finland (case presentation&discussion; Reima Suomi)

16:30 – 17:30 Discussion of Participants' cases and research agendas in IT project governance/management (all)

18:30: Joint dinner


Day 2

09:00 – 09:45 Project governance state-of-the-Art (lecture&discussion; Robert Winter)

09:45 – 10:30 IWI-HSG project governance research agenda (lecture&discussion; Robert Winter)

11:00 – 12:00 The concept of ICT infrastructures (case presentation&discussion; Reima Suomi)

Lunch Break

13:15 – 15:00 Research topics in project governance/management (discussion participants' research ideas/projects) – both from an explanatory research and a design research perspective 

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2  credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and completing the assignment.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.