Alexander Laufer is the director of the Consortium for Project Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the NASA Academy of Program and Project Leadership Magazine, Academy Sharing Knowledge, and as a member of the advisory board of the NASA Academy of Program and Project Leadership. He has also served as the director of the Center for Project Leadership at Columbia University.

In recent years, many researchers have concluded that one reason for the widespread poor statistics of project results is the wide gap between research and practice. The overall objective of Laufer’s research was to develop a practice-based theory of project management. To this end, he collected firsthand data on the practices of project managers, and believing that management is best learned by emulating exemplary role models, he studies focused on the best practitioners in their respective organizations.

Alex has significant consulting experience and has worked with a number of leading organizations including Boldt, Motorola, NASA, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Procter & Gamble, Skanska, and Turner Construction Company. Laufer is also the co-author of a monthly blog: Living Order: On becoming a project leader, 

Alex Laufer is the author or coauthor of six books; the two most recent ones are Mastering the Leadership Role in Project Management: Practices that Deliver Remarkable Results (FT Press, 2012) and Breaking the Code of Project Management (Macmillan, 2009). Currently, Alex Laufer together with three other co-authors are working on a new book: Becoming A Project Leader: Blending Planning, Agility and Resilience.

Sobre o livro dos autores: Becoming a Project Leader: Blending Planning, Agility, Resilience, and Collaboration to Deliver Successful Projects, written by Alexander Laufer, Terry Little, Jeffrey Russell, and Bruce Maas, will be published in the fall of 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan.


Link para Artigos:



  1. Daft, R.L. and Lengel, R.H. Fusion Leadership: Unlocking the Subtle Forces that Change People and Organizations. 1998, San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  2. Collins, J. and Hansen, M.T. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck-Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. 2011, New York: Random House.
  3. Weick, K.E. Drop your tools: On reconfiguring management education. Journal of Management Education 2007; 31(1): p. 5-16.
  4. Flores, T. Earthly Considerations on Mars. Ask Magazine 2003; 51: p. 5-8.


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