International Centre For Programme Management

Cranfield School of Management

Welcome to the International Centre for Programme Management (ICPM) at Cranfield

Cranfield has one of the largest Project and Programme Management (PPM) faculties in the world, offering expertise in developing organisations and people in the capability to successfully deliver programmes and projects. Our executive open short courses, best practice forum, world-leading MSc programme and customised executive programmes (see diagram), are all underpinned by the development and research we do at Cranfield, turning cutting-edge theory into innovative and implementable practice.

Programme and project management are at the heart of value creation for many organisations, yet success in this area is elusive. Old solutions focused on process and compliance are simply not delivering what organisations and individuals require. Our PPM portfolio, extends the knowledge and practice of programme and project management to explore new solutions to the challenges of successful delivery.

Benefits Management: Delivering Value from Investments in Business Change Leading Successful Projects and Programmes in Fast Changing Environments Improving Project Performance PM Best Practice Forum Customised Executive programmes

Over the past five years, ICPM research has included investigations into

  • Organisational transformation programmes that are essential to realising business strategies and often a source of advantage through reconfiguring the business ahead of competitors.
  • Programmes delivered for clients by organisations in the business of projects and programmes, whose success depends on both winning and then delivering the programmes, when PPM is a differentiator giving them a competitive edge.

Unique in our Approach

We believe that successful programme management is fundamental to delivery of both core business and major change in organisations. Key to successful delivery are "intelligent” relationships, where organisations and providers selectively draw from best practices to design and execute programmes fit for their context and purpose. Our approach delivers this by:

  • integrating projects and programmes with business strategies
  • building the knowledge and culture for mature risk-based decision making
  • understanding the challenges and complexities in project-based businesses
  • focusing on the practice and processes that facilitate 'fit for purpose'project and programme delivery

Unique in the way we work

We see our research as the first step in a development process that results in realised benefits. We work with industry partners to identify gaps in knowledge and to understand the causes of those gaps, in order to develop and test solutions to their programme management problems.

Combined Expertise

Research alone is not sufficient to fill those gaps. It requires the combined expertise of world-class researchers and lead practitioners to design and provide a range of management processes and products that are practical, focused and relevant to organisations’ needs.

This website will tell you more about who we are and what we are doing. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss what we can do for you.


Dr Liz Lee-Kelley
Director ICPM at Cranfield



ICPM hosts a Programme Management Best Practice Forum bringing together organisations who want to share challenges and be part of developing future solutions. Follow the link to see the benefits and how to join.


Project Management 4th edition
by Dr Harvey Maylor

Söderlund J, Maylor H, 2012.

Project management scholarship: Relevance, impact and five integrative challenges for business and management schools. International Journal of Project Management 30(6), 686-696

Turner N, Swart J, Maylor H, 2012. Mechanisms for Managing Ambidexterity: A Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews. Article first published on line 6 Jun 12 DOI

Turner N, Lee-Kelley L, 2012. Unpacking the theory on ambidexterity: an illustrative case on the managerial architectures, mechanisms and dynamics. Management Learning. Article first published online 30 April 2012 DOI:

Full list of publications

Please contact if you would like a copy of any of these papers, but please be aware that some may NOT be available due to publisher restrictions/ subscription requirements.

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