John Al Khateeb

John Al Khateeb

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

John is a project management consultant, lecturer, and trainer with over 15 years of experience spanning various industries, including engineering, manufacturing, IT, software development, community service, training, and consulting. His broad range of experience has endowed him with a unique perspective and skill set, enabling him to tackle each challenge with a creative and holistic approach.
John is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Adelaide-South Australia. His research focuses on complex project management and applicable frameworks, aiming to underline the limitations of traditional project management methods in addressing the intricate needs of today's project dynamics. Moreover, John's research seeks to contribute to the evolving body of knowledge in the domain of complex project management frameworks, governance and tools and techniques.
John is also a long-standing member of the Project Management Institute and authorised trainer for PMP and CAPM Certifications and has collaborated with a wide range of training providers in the design and delivery of PMI exam preparation courses.

Project Title: Embracing Complexity; Redefining Project Management for Complex Realities

The need for Understanding project complexity is critical in implementing effective management strategies and selecting applicable frameworks. Project complexity can be driven by a diverse range of variables including, but not limited to, dynamic environments, stakeholder context and technology. In this context, project success heavily relies on effectively mitigating unfordable outcomes and managing expectations while delivering value to the performing organisation(s).

Complex projects are characterised by a unique set of characteristics that makes traditional project management approaches ineffective and therefore, there is a need for new frameworks and tools that can respond to the attributes of complex projects. One of the possible pathways to achieve this is through investigating the application of complexity theory in project management and utilising it to develop innovative frameworks. By assessing conventional frameworks in dynamic realities, the study seeks to create a new responsive framework and innovative framework that addresses the unique characteristics of complex projects and systems.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2024 - ongoing Lecturer and Course Coordniator University of Adeladie
    2023 - ongoing Tutor and Teaching Assistant University of Adelaide
    2022 - ongoing Manager (Consultant)-Project Management Centre of Excellence ASC Training and Development
    2016 - 2018 Tutor University of Queensland
    2012 - ongoing Director Project Management Simplified
    2010 - 2020 Training Consultant, Designer and Facilitator Multiple Training Organisations in the Middle East, North Africa and Australia
    2007 - 2012 Manufacturing Project Manager Confectionary Development Industrial Company-Katakti
    2005 - 2007 Project Manager Star Animation
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Arabic Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Master of Applied Project Management (Project Systems)
    Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom Master of Science in Strategic Planning
    Damascus University Syria Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
    Australian Institute of Management Australia CIV in Training and Assessment
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    PMI-Project Management Professional Project Management Institute United States
    PMI-Scheduling Professional Project Management Institute United States
    PMI-Risk Management Professional Project Management Institute United States
    PMI-Agile Practitioner Project Management Institute United States
    PMI-Professional in Business Analysis Project Management Institute United States
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2012 Al Khateeb, H., & David E., F. (2012). At your own risk. Project Management Network, 26(10).

Feb-2024: Course Coordinator and Lecturer

  • Systems Thinking and Projects (Undergraduate)

Mar-2023 to Present: Tutor and Teaching Assistant

  • Systems Thinking for Projects (Postgraduate)
  • Project Governance and Contracts (Postgraduate)
  • Project Management Fundamentals (Undergraduate)
  • Project Scheduling and Cost (Undergraduate)
  • Leadership and Stakeholder Management (Undergraduate)
  • PMI Credentials-Exam Preparation Courses
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2021 - 2023 Board Member Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service STTARS Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - 2020 Representative Multiple Assignments with Private, NGO and Government Institutions Multiple Institutions in the Healthcare and Social Servcies Sector-Providing Insights from community about services and improvement initiatives Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2023 - ongoing Member American Society For Engineering management United States
    2023 - ongoing Member System Dynamics Society United States
    2022 - ongoing Member International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Institute of Management Accountants United States
    2009 - ongoing Member Project Management Institute United States
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2022 - 2023 ASC Training & Development VET School or college Australia
    2022 - 2022 ASC Training & Development Project Management Centre of Excellence Business and professional Australia
    2014 - 2016 Confidential Management and Supply Chain Business and professional Bahrain
    2012 - 2015 Confidential Project Management Business and professional Qatar
    2012 - 2012 Project Management Insitute Certification Business and professional United States
    2011 - 2012 Damascus University Skills & Career Centre School or college Syrian Arab Republic
    2011 - 2012 Pyramid Engineering Project Management Training Business and professional United States
    2010 - 2013 A Diverse Range of Clients in the Food Manufacturing Industry Manufacturing Business and professional Syrian Arab Republic
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Refugee Alternatives Plenary or general session Refugee Council of Australia Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Strategic Project Management - NestEgg Labs Netherlands
    2017 - ongoing Mars Pathfinder - How Agile Thinking Saved the Space Exploration Program PMI Adelaide Chapter Monthly Event Project Management Institute Australia
    2017 - 2019 Fostering Multicultural Understanding with a Focus on Syria Multiple occasions Anglicare SA Australia
    2017 - 2017 Enhancing Cultural Awareness: Understanding Iraq Post-American Invasion Confidential Confidential Australia
    2010 - 2010 Value Based Project Management Industry Engagement Annual Event Higher Institute of Business Administration Syrian Arab Republic
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2024 - 2024 Submissions Reviewer-System Dynamics Conference Peer Review System Dynamics Society United States
    2015 - 2019 Reviewer of the Exporsure Draft of the PMBOK Guide and Other Standards Advice Project Management Institute United States

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