Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Guest Speaker


Risk Management in IT Projects


Prof. Helmut Krcmar


Technische Universitat Munchen


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM


MARC Building, Room Auditorium


Chris Paredis


While it is agreed for years that due to high failure rates of IT-projects the explicit management of risks is important, the improvement in project successes seems very slow. The talk reports on insights from more than 10 years of research into risk factors of IT-projects, reasons for failures and other influencing factors. Above all it reports on insight derived from a longitudinal data set of risk management data from more than 30000 projects in the IT service industry. Risk Management for IT-Projects, based on a narrative review and meta analysis. The talk then identifies some additions and needed differentiation to our knowledge on IT project risk management and needs to change previous ways of looking at IT-Project risk.


Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar (born December 16, 1954 in Hanau, Germany) holds the Chair for Information Systems, Department of Informatics at the Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany since 2002 with a joint appointment to TUM Business School. Helmut served as Dean, Faculty of Informatics from 10/2010 until 09/2013. He is Deputy Director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Informatics and its Applications and Academic Director of the SAP University Competence Center @ TUM. Prof. Krcmar’s (b. 1954) research covers information management, IT-enabled value networks, service management, computer-supported cooperative work and information systems for IT service providers in healthcare and e-government. He studied business management in Saarbrücken and obtained his doctorate in 1983. After that, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the IBM Los Angeles Scientific Center and as assistant professor of information systems at the Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University and Baruch College, City University of New York. From 1987 to 2002, he held the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Faculty of Management and, since 2010, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science.


Refreshments will be served.