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Amaral Féris, Marco Antônio Dr.

Program Director | MSc Project Management

  • Faculty of Business and Law 2018 -

Overview


Dr Marco Antônio Amaral Féris is the Program Director of the MSc Project Management at the School of Management and Marketing, University of Wollongong (UOW):


His research focuses on project management, decision support systems and continuous improvement. Dr Amaral Féris has published in prestige journals including Decision Support Systems and R&D management, and he had the opportunity to work at Cranfield School of Management/Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and more 28 years in the industry. 

As program/project manager, he manage programs and projects in significant organisations, including AEL/Elbit Systems, Australian National University (ANU), Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell Computers and Altus Automation Systems, in different countries (Australia, Brazil, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States) and industries (manufacture, IT, R&D, industrial automation, education and defence).

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2017 QPLAN: Decision support for evaluating planning quality in software development projects
    Published in   Decision Support Systems
    2020 Enhancing software development through project‐based learning and the quality of planning
    Published in   R and D Management

Research Overview


  • Dr Amaral Féris research interests include program management, decision support systems and process improvement.

    His goal is to help managers in taking better decisions through an interdisciplinary study that involves:

    a) Dual process theory, which aims to explain the decision-making process from the view of decision makers through two distinct systems of thinking: System 1 (intuitive, emotional, fast and unconscious) and System 2 (reasoned, logical, controlled operations, slow and conscious);

    b) Behavioral science, which aims to explain or predict human and organisational behaviour;

    c) Design Science Research (DSR), a complementary approach to behaviour science that aims to extend the boundaries of human and organisational capabilities though the creation of new and innovative artefacts;

    d) Planning-performance theory, which suggests a positive impact of planning formality on financial performance;

    e) One size does not fit all;, because each project should be managed according to its characteristics; and

    f) Knowledge management, which aims to capture, retain and share the knowledge acquired in each project for improving planning quality of subsequent projects.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    R and D Management
    2017

    Published In
    Decision Support Systems
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    Handbook of Research on Strategic Alliances and Value Co-Creation in the Service Industry
    Publisher
    United States
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    33rd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Wicked Solutions to Wicked Problems: The challenges facing management research and practice
    2017

    Published In
    Proceedings of the R&D Management Conference
    2012

    Published In
    IX Seminário de Gerenciamento de Projetos do PMI-RS
    2009

    Published In
    HP TechCon
    2008

    Published In
    HP TechCon

Presentations


Impact Story


  • The development of a decision support tool for defence is part of D.Start Ignite 2021, an innovation and entrepreneurship program delivered by <a href="https://www.csiro.au/en/work-with-us/funding-programs/programs/Innovation-programs/DStart-Ignite" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CSIRO</a> in partnership with <a href="https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/partner-with-us/opportunities/dstart" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Defence Science and Technology Group (DST)</a> <a href="https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>that empowers Australian researchers and small to medium enterprises to connect with Defence.
  • The development of a decision support tool for economics will be presented at <a href="https://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/event_announcement.asp?event_id=1492%20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Innovation and Product Development Management (IPDMC) Conference 2021</a>
  • The redesign of four project management subjects and the adoption of a tool to assist students in improving the quality of project plans (QPLAN.EDU) will be presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference in 2021

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Program & Project Management
    • Decision Support Systems
    • Knowledge Management
    • Process Improvement

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Contesting Digital Innovation in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A Semantic Approach to Socio-technical Documentation McGregor, Kirsten

Education And Training


Teaching Overview


  • Lecturer in Operations, School of Management, Operations and Marketing, University of Wollongong (UOW), 2018
    Lecturer in Programme and Project Management, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, 2016-2018
    Tutor in Project Management and International Business, Research School of Management, Australian National University (ANU), 2010-2011
    Tutor in project Management, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), 2010

Keywords


  • Program / Project Management; Decision Support Systems; Continuous Improvement

Full Name


  • Dr. Marco Antonio Amaral Féris

Mailing Address


  • 40.G06a, Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2017 QPLAN: Decision support for evaluating planning quality in software development projects
    Published in   Decision Support Systems
    2020 Enhancing software development through project‐based learning and the quality of planning
    Published in   R and D Management

Research Overview


  • Dr Amaral Féris research interests include program management, decision support systems and process improvement.

    His goal is to help managers in taking better decisions through an interdisciplinary study that involves:

    a) Dual process theory, which aims to explain the decision-making process from the view of decision makers through two distinct systems of thinking: System 1 (intuitive, emotional, fast and unconscious) and System 2 (reasoned, logical, controlled operations, slow and conscious);

    b) Behavioral science, which aims to explain or predict human and organisational behaviour;

    c) Design Science Research (DSR), a complementary approach to behaviour science that aims to extend the boundaries of human and organisational capabilities though the creation of new and innovative artefacts;

    d) Planning-performance theory, which suggests a positive impact of planning formality on financial performance;

    e) One size does not fit all;, because each project should be managed according to its characteristics; and

    f) Knowledge management, which aims to capture, retain and share the knowledge acquired in each project for improving planning quality of subsequent projects.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    R and D Management
    2017

    Published In
    Decision Support Systems
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    Handbook of Research on Strategic Alliances and Value Co-Creation in the Service Industry
    Publisher
    United States
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    33rd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Wicked Solutions to Wicked Problems: The challenges facing management research and practice
    2017

    Published In
    Proceedings of the R&D Management Conference
    2012

    Published In
    IX Seminário de Gerenciamento de Projetos do PMI-RS
    2009

    Published In
    HP TechCon
    2008

    Published In
    HP TechCon

Presentations


Impact Story


  • The development of a decision support tool for defence is part of D.Start Ignite 2021, an innovation and entrepreneurship program delivered by <a href="https://www.csiro.au/en/work-with-us/funding-programs/programs/Innovation-programs/DStart-Ignite" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CSIRO</a> in partnership with <a href="https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/partner-with-us/opportunities/dstart" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Defence Science and Technology Group (DST)</a> <a href="https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>that empowers Australian researchers and small to medium enterprises to connect with Defence.
  • The development of a decision support tool for economics will be presented at <a href="https://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/event_announcement.asp?event_id=1492%20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Innovation and Product Development Management (IPDMC) Conference 2021</a>
  • The redesign of four project management subjects and the adoption of a tool to assist students in improving the quality of project plans (QPLAN.EDU) will be presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference in 2021

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Program & Project Management
    • Decision Support Systems
    • Knowledge Management
    • Process Improvement

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Contesting Digital Innovation in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A Semantic Approach to Socio-technical Documentation McGregor, Kirsten

Education And Training


Teaching Overview


  • Lecturer in Operations, School of Management, Operations and Marketing, University of Wollongong (UOW), 2018
    Lecturer in Programme and Project Management, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, 2016-2018
    Tutor in Project Management and International Business, Research School of Management, Australian National University (ANU), 2010-2011
    Tutor in project Management, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), 2010

Keywords


  • Program / Project Management; Decision Support Systems; Continuous Improvement

Full Name


  • Dr. Marco Antonio Amaral Féris

Mailing Address


  • 40.G06a, Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong

    Northfields Avenue

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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