Background

“To be uncertain is uncomfortable, but to be certain is ridiculous.” (Chinese Proverb)

Being uncomfortable is both a challenge and an opportunity for Elmar. As a passionate Skydiver his interests, both privately and professionally, revolve around management of the unexpected. Elmar's first real exposure to the rather paradox world of uncertainty began in 1998, when he held a variety of commercial and senior management positions within the Information Technology (IT) industry. Working for one of the biggest ITservice providers in Germany he was responsible for the successful delivery of a number of large projects, including major roll-out and outsourcing strategies. Clients included the Commerzbank, the Deutsche Börse (German Stock Exchange) and the Polizei Rheinland Pfalz (State Police Rheinland Pfalz).His passion for the management of risk and uncertainty in projects then led him to pursue a career in academia. He served as a Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Surrey and has been at Cranfield since 2007.


Current activities

In order to raise enthusiasm for his expertise in managing risk and uncertainty, Elmar engages widely with industry and advocates of Project Management worldwide. This includes organisations such as the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) to discuss the paradox of traditional Risk Management and essential behavioral capabilities for managing the unexpected.

Over the past few years Elmar has become involved in the development of Graduate Programmes and Customised Executive Development, providing intuitive and deliverable-based learning methods. He is a visiting Professor at IéSEG (France) and is also associated with Umeå University (Sweden) as a guest researcher. He publishes widely on aspects of Risk Management, Resilience and Mindfulness.


Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Turner, N, Kutsch E, Swart & J (2016) Learning to be resilient? Taking the ambidexterity view. In: Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities conference (OLKC 2016), St. Andrews, Scotland.
  • Turner N & Kutsch E (2016) Understanding resilience in organizational operations – an ambidexterity perspective. In: 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.
  • Gallagher P, Kutsch E & Turner N (2015) The diversity of routines: Towards resilient performance in defence projects. In: EGOS - European Group for Organizational Studies 2015, Athens.
  • Kutsch E & Turner N (2015) The internalization of mindfulness at 28,000 feet: Revisiting the K2 2008 disaster. In: EGOS - European Group for Organizational Studies 2015, Athens.
  • Hall M, Kutsch E & Hussels S (2014) Making sense of uncertainty in start-up companies: The resilience funnel. In: EURAM 2014: 14th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Valencia.
  • Hall M, Kutsch E & Eastment R (2014) Sense making: Risk and opportunity. In: EURAM 2014: 14th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Valencia.
  • Kutsch E & Hallgren M (2014) The mindful organisation: A breakdown at 28,000 feet. In: BAM2014: British Academy of Management annual conference, Belfast.
  • Kutsch E, Denyer D & Hall M (2014) Sensebreaking and meaning voids in IS change initiatives. In: BAM2014: British Academy of Management annual conference, Belfast.
  • Runswick F & Kutsch E (2014) When there is no plan B: Business team improvised response to an urgent incident. In: BAM 2014: British Academy of Management annual conference, Belfast.
  • Joy S, Hall M & Kutsch E (2013) Decision making in projects - The use of expertise to generate High Reliability. In: EURAM 2013 - 13th European Academy of Management Conference, Istanbul.
  • Kutsch E & Hall M (2012) From process-based risk analysis to organisational attention - Learning from Fall of France 1940 and K2 2008. In: Society for Risk Analysis 2012 Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
  • Koryak O, Hussels S & Kutsch E (2012) Resource Orchestration: Internal Governance as a Mechanism of Synchronization. In: EURAM 2012 - 12th European Academy of Management Conference, Rotterdam.
  • Kutsch E & Hall M (2011) Centralisation in temporary organisations: The importance of operational common sense during the Fall of France 1940. In: EURAM 2011 - 11th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Tallinn.
  • Hussels S, Tobias J, Reinnoeller P & Kutsch E (2011) Entrepreneurial mindfulness - An exploratory study. In: G-Forum 2011: 15th annual interdisciplinary entrepreneurship conference, St Gallen/Zurich.
  • Dickel H, Turner N, Lee-Kelley L & Kutsch E (2011) Going for Gold? Knowledge management and learning at the London 2012 Olympics. In: EURAM 2011 - 11th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Tallinn.
  • Kutsch E, Lee-Kelley L, Hall M & Denyer D (2010) Overcoming paralysis: Aspects of reliability in information systems projects. In: EURAM 2010 - 10th European Academy of Management Annual Conference, Rome.
  • Kutsch E, Geraldi J, Hall M & Lee-Kelley L (2009) The (non-) adoption of risk management processes in projects. In: EURAM 2009, Liverpool.
  • Kutsch E, Maylor H, Lupson J & Partington D (2009) Performers, trackers, lemmings and the lost: sustained false optimism in forecasting project outcomes - evidence from a quasi-experiment. In: IRNOP IX, Berlin.
  • Partington D, Maylor H, Kutsch E & Lupson J (2008) Sustained false optimism in project performance tracking: Evidence from an MBA project management simulation. In: 19th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, La Jolla.
  • Kutsch E & Lupson J (2008) Ignorance and uncertainty: The case of irrelevance in project management. In: 19th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, La Jolla.
  • Partington D & Kutsch E (2008) How project failure can remove cultural barriers to future project success. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2008, Anaheim.
  • Kutsch E & Hall M (2007) A culture of fatalism in IT projects? The curious case of (the lack of) risk management. In: International Critical Management Studies Conference, Leeds.
  • Kutsch E (2007) Over- and underestimation of risk: How effective are project managers in managing risks in information technology projects?. In: EURAM 2007 - 7th European Academy of Management Conference, Paris.
  • Kutsch E (2006) The influence of intervening conditions on the over- and underestimation of risk. In: European Conference on Information Systems, Gteborg.
  • Kutsch E & Maylor H (2005) If it ain't broke ... Recognising failure as a first step to realising improvement opportunities in IT project processes. In: EurOMA annual conference, Budapest.

Books

  • Kutsch E & Turner N (2016) The Internalization of Attention at 28,000 Feet: Revisiting the K2 2008 Disaster. In: Managing Project Risks for Competitive Advantage in Changing Business Environments. Bodea CN, Purnus A, Huermann M, and Hajdu M (ed.), IGI Global, p. 196-215.
  • Kutsch E, Hall M & Turner N (2015) Project Resilience - The art of noticing, interpreting, preparing, containing and recovering. Farnham: Gower.
  • Kutsch & E (2008) Barriers to Project Risk Management: Processes, Techniques and Insights. Saarbruecken: VDM Verlag.