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Amaral Feris, Marco Antonio Dr.

Program Director | MSc Project Management & Graduate Certificate in Project Leadership and Management

  • Faculty of Business and Law 2018 -

Overview


      I am a project and program manager with extensive practical experience and solid academic background who have had the opportunity to work in several countries (Australia, Brazil, Israel, UK, and US).

      In the industry, I managed large programs in significant organisations (AEL/Elbit Systems, ANUHP, Dell, and Altus) and in different industry segments (defence, education, R&D, IT, manufacturing, and industrial automation). The most complex programs I had the opportunity to manage were the development and preparation for production of five avionics and defence systems for the Embraer C-390 Millennium.

      My leadership is people-centred and influenced by the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton; while my management approach is oriented to business results and based on one size does not fit all, quality planning and continuous improvement.

      In the academia, I had the opportunity to work at Cranfield School of Management/Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Currently, I am the Program Director of the MSc Project Management and the Graduate Certificate in Project Leadership and Management at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

      My research focuses on project development, decision support systems, continuous improvement, and education. Outcomes have been published in prestigious journals including Decision Support Systems and R&D Management and numerous conferences.

      I have a PhD in Project Management (ANU), Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science, a Graduate Certificate in Business Management and Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt certifications.

My leadership is people-centred and influenced by the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton; while my management approach is oriented to business results and based on one size does not fit all, quality planning and continuous improvement.

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


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


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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