Contact Professor Neil Turner


Neil graduated with an MEng from the University of Bath in the early 1990s, and initially developed avionics systems. He then joined Motorola as a design engineer, developing cellular telecoms infrastructure systems. He managed key development projects from 1998, and from 2004-2008 was head of the radio development group, with product sales of well over $1bn. He has numerous technical patents and defensive publications. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

He joined Cranfield in 2008 and obtained his PhD in 2011. He has taught on and run a range of programmes at Cranfield, and is a regular speaker at academic and practitioner conferences. He is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and was appointed a Professor of Project Management in 2021.

Neil has published extensively in major journals and his latest textbook is 'Project Management, 5th edition' with Harvey Maylor.

He is the Course Director for the MSc by Research in Project Management.

Research opportunities

Looking to supervise doctoral researchers in the fields of project management / project complexity / ambidexterity / organisational learning / project resilience / front-end planning / project procurement / project performance / net-zero projects.

Current activities

Neil teaches on a range of Masters, Executive Education and Doctoral programmes, primarily on project complexity, organisational learning, and research methods. His current research interests include managing complex projects and programmes, with a focus on how managerial practices and organisational strategic choices can improve project delivery. He also supervises doctoral students working in this field.


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