October 19, 2021
There are currently many major infrastructure projects in Quebec, and the number will continue to grow over the next 10 years, calling for annual investment of about $13 billion. A phenomenon and a topic for study, project management in Quebec is also the subject of a new book aimed at introducing readers to the essentials of efficient project management and showing how Quebec is a leader in this respect.
The book, co-directed by HEC Montréal Management Professor Maude Brunet and her colleague Professor Alejandro Romero-Torres, of ESG UQAM, brings together texts by a total of 43 experts.
It covers a variety of projects illustrated by different cases, ranging from the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) transportation network to the expansion of the Quebec City airport and the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The authors of the different chapters focus on specific projects and discuss them based on project management theory.
“Our goal with this book was to describe project management as a whole and, above all, to examine it in a positive light. We wanted to show that many of these projects were successful, despite their complexity, and that there is a wealth of local expertise in this field,” explains Professor Brunet.
Although this is an educational work and is certainly intended to be used in the classroom, in particular for courses taught by Professor Brunet, La Gestion de projets au Québec is not a textbook.
“These case studies read like stories. It’s highly informative, and the content is sure to interest the general public as well,” she says.
Among the HEC Montréal professors who contributed to the book are Laurent Simon and Patrick Cohendet, co-authors with other scholars of a chapter on a proposal to use tele-dermatology to detect skin cancers. Also, Professor Joseph Facal wrote the preface.
Maude Brunet is an Assistant Professor in the HEC Montréal Department of Management. Her research interests concern governance and innovation in megaprojects, public infrastructure projects, and public-private partnerships.
She is a member of the scientific committee of Khéops, the International Research Consortium on the Governance of Large Infrastructure Projects, and has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 2010.
She has published in several project management and administrative science journals, and was an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Project Management.
She has 15 years’ experience in project management, as a teacher, a consultant, a Board member for PMI Montréal, and a researcher and speaker.