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.