Dear Visionaries - Updates on November 2020


Letter from the Editor - November 2020


We have been denied twice this year by the gatekeepers who rank journals. The reasons were subjective in that we do not have sufficient involvement and support of the “traditional” research community. Due to this result [which will be published in more detail in our next journal], the effort to pursue journal ranking will be immediately ended. Instead, we will continue to do the following: 

  • Document industry testing of the Best Value Approach’s (BVA) procurement, risk management, project management, automation of supply chain activities and structures and the transformation of the roles within the supply chain.
  • Document the resistance to change by the traditional structure of professionals who are having their tasks minimized by the information technology and automation. This includes the resistance to our journal by professionals who have never done successful research. 
  • Document the Information Measurement Theory (IMT) and the Best Value Approach (BVA) that utilizes simplicity and expertise to increase the value of services while decreasing the cost and number of [professional] personnel required. This will include the documentation of the obvious relationship between IMT and BVA and information systems, robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI), which are at the foundation of value generation. 
  • Documenting the current environment of the delivery of services will become more significant than the quoting of industry professionals, who are a part of the traditional structure that are resisting change to stay relevant. The value of journal papers published in rated journals, which quote professionals from the traditional approaches, is going in the wrong direction [complexity, more studies, more research and more conclusions requiring more research] and is proliferating papers which have no value. 

It is obvious that the world is moving toward automation and artificial intelligence to increase production, value and to reduce cost. This is the future of project management and risk management. Both will be information based. In both applications, the humanistic processing will be minimized and replaced by the brains of automation [artificial intelligence]. The mechanisms will be simplicity and minimized human interactions.

We will continue to use Research Gate for metrics on the impact of the journal papers. We will also continue to get the published papers reviewed and “on the street” as soon as possible to allow industry and academic researchers to utilize the research results. The reads of journal papers have increased 700% in three years. We encourage all researchers in the specialty areas of performance information, facility management, project management, risk management and supply chain management to get their papers into the industry as soon as possible. 

We have now successfully moved the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG) research from the Arizona State University (ASU) Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering to the SKEMA Business School, Project Management Doctor of Business Administration (dBA) Program. This was done for the following reasons:

The delivery of services is not an engineering issue. 

  1. It is a project management, risk management, supply chain issue. 

We are grateful for the early development of the BVA at ASU, but the future of the BVA research is in the business/project management environment. The research at SKEMA involves seven different research efforts. We will continue to recognize the contribution of ASU by licensing the BVA technology from the ASU Skysong Innovation group [responsible for patents and licenses at ASU]. 

 The W117 research agenda for the next five years includes: 

  1. Changing the structure of W117. Research will be recursive as the actions of all the participants in the W117 structure will be actively participating in the research.  
  2. Forming an international board of experts in the Best Value Approach (BVA). This board will run tests, document the tests with peer reviewed papers, and become reviewers for other BVA papers.
  3. Forming PBSRG education satellite sites that are facilitated by BVA International Board members to proliferate the BVA.
  4. Implementing the BVA into both private and public organizations in the United States to replace management, direction and control in the delivery of services by identifying and utilizing expertise. 
  5. A research effort to change the project management model from the management, direction and control approach to the utilization of expertise and transparency. This effort is integrating the BVA test projects and the research effort at the SKEMA Project Management School to define the Project Management Model and the Risk Management Model of the Future.
  6. Use a new component of W117, Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA), to test and implement IMT information concepts to prepare young students to operate in the age of automation by minimizing thinking, data collection and decision making. This education overcomes the paradox of how to understand reality with minimal information. These programs produce Information Workers (IW) who use the language of dominant metrics to understand the present and future conditions of reality. 

From the previous journal, the design of an Information Based Continuous Improvement (IBCI) system which uses accurate and timely performance information to optimize the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia classification system and improve construction quality has been discontinued. The Saudi government officials and Saudi consultant on the project could not grasp the concepts of an information-based system that could minimize the myriads of management layers of internal managers and external consultants. Instead, millions of dollars were spent to build a project management system that would not be transparent or have accurate information.  

I encourage journal readers to dream of innovation. This year (2020) will produce results which will dwarf the results previously discovered in the use of performance information. 

Best wishes to everyone!  

Dr. Dean 

Dean T. Kashiwagi

PhD, P.E., IFMA Fellow, Fulbright Scholar

W117 Journal Editor