Gezinus J. Hidding, Ph.D.

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I have several areas of interest, which are summarized below. Based on feedback from executives, professionals, peers, students, or readers, they will further evolve. The type of research I am interested in will likely continue to be a mix of conceptual and empirical.

  1. Management of I.T.-intensive Projects

    Despite the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), there are continuing high levels of failure of projects that are I.T.-intensive, low esteem of project management disciplines held by senior executives, and continuing frustrations expressed by (I.T.) project management professionals. Also, companies are struggling with how to tie management of (I.T.) projects focused on value to systems development methods that enable shorter cycles and interactive design. Hence, there is a clear need to transform management of I.T.-intensive projects. With an expert panel of dedicated project management professionals, we have developed "Value-Driven Change Leadership" (VDCL) a new paradigm for the management of I.T.-intensive projects, with the objective to reduce the rate of failure of I.T.-intensive projects.
    Click here for an early paper.

  2. Ignatian Pedagogy Paradigm

    Jesuit education has been guided for years, indeed centuries, by a pedagogy named after the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian Pedagogy emphasizes cognitive as well as emotional aspects of learning, as captured in the following quote by Fr. Kolvenbach, a former Fr. General of the Society of Jesus: "When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change." I have applied Ignatian Pedagogy in my courses, given presentations about it and wrote an article about student reflection based on Ignatian Pedagogy.

  3. Fundamental Principles of Personal Investing

    Insights into whether a company's strategy is sensible or not can inform decisions about investments in that company. In this way, strategy, finance and I.T. come together and have blended into my long-standing interests in personal investing. Extending fundamental principles of investing (e.g., balanced allocation across diversified investments) with insights into whether return patterns will persist or revert to the mean, has led me to formulate the DIAL (TM) framework. DIAL stands for Dynamic Index Allocation. Combining these interests with my love of education, I enjoy giving seminars about personal investments.

    Click here for information about my seminar about "Fundamental Principles of Personal Investing".