…At CAMBRIDGE University, Bags Doctor Of Business Degree
On Saturday 23rd July, 2022 popular businessman and politician, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim scored another historic 1st at the University of Cambridge. He graduated with a Doctor of Business degree at the University of Cambridge, the 1st to be awarded since over 800 years ago.
A lunch party was held in his honour in Cambridge by the University. The Invitation was sent out by the Cambridge Judge Business School. It was the First Business Doctorate Graduation Lunch. In the invite, he was described as Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, the Doctor of Business’s first post-graduate student. Guests were cordially invited to celebrate and congratulate Jimoh on his success, at the lunch party, held at the University Arms, on Regent Street, Cambridge.
With that degree, Jimoh has become the 1st man on earth to bag the degree. That is the 1st time the University of Cambridge will be awarding the degree.
We can also authoritatively reveal that his thesis, titled How Megaprojects Are Damaging Nigeria and How to Fix It: A Practical Guide To Mastering Very Large Government Projects has now been published as a book by Palgrave Macmillan Press. The book was co-authored by his supervisors, Christoph Lock & Kishore Sengupta.
According to Jimoh Ibrahim’s thesis, since 1960, two-thirds of very large governmental projects in Nigeria have not only failed but been abandoned mid-course. This presents a bigger failure rate than mega projects elsewhere, and yet there is no available data or analysis to help us understand the reasons behind such failures. This book provides an authoritative examination of why very large projects in Nigeria have failed so badly and provides a practical recommendation, on how the Nigerian government can improve its project performance.
Drawing on data from 38 very large projects (19 completed and 19 abandoned) with a total budget of over $25 billion, this book presents a detailed analysis of these projects and in-depth case studies of 11 of the projects and presents lessons for improvement.
Through this, the authors have identified a small number of key success drivers, and argue that making moderate improvements on any of them would, on average, save hundreds of millions of dollars on one large project. According to the publishers of the 258 pages book, this open-access book is a game-changer in the management of government mega-projects in Nigeria.
“With clear implications for other developing economies, this is a vital resource for project management practitioners, executives and civil servants.
The publishers of the book provided a little bio of the authors of the book. According to them, Jimoh Ibrahim is a prominent businessman in Nigeria. He has just completed his Business Doctorate degree at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and he is working on establishing a new University in Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master of Public Administration from the Obafemi Awolowo University, in addition to a Master of Science in Mega Project Management from the University of Oxford Said Business School and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Law School. He holds other degrees.
Christoph Loch is a Professor of Operations and Technology Management at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He served as the Dean of the School from 2011 to 2021 in which period the school grew from £25m to £60m in annual revenues and rose in Financial Times rankings into the global Top 20.
Kishore Sengupta is a Professor of Operations and Technology Management at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is an internationally known researcher on Project Management and he is the Programme Director of the Project Management Executive Education offer at the Cambridge Judge Business School.