Tarila Zuofa, FHEA, PMP®, PRINCE2® Practitioner

Tarila Zuofa
Tarila (Tari) originally trained and practiced as a Marine Engineer and Naval Architect before moving into Project Management. His PhD in Project Management explored a wide range of issues affecting risk management in global energy projects and Project Management in general. Part of the novelty of his PhD research was highlighted in its uniqueness of providing an excellent opportunity for exploring Project Management practices in developing and developed countries.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Tari held various tenured roles in universities in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Tari has an extensive knowledge of teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and executive level. He has demonstrated insights into project management by partnering with academics and industrialists to develop undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive blended programs in several countries. Together with colleagues at various universities in the United Kingdom, Tari secured an estimated £250,000.00 (≅ $300,000.00) income generated mainly from Transnational Education (TNE) and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). Tari was identified as having Significant Responsibility for Research according to the criteria provided by Research England and was included in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission for REF 2021.

Tari co-edited a Project Management textbook, published in several high-ranking peer-reviewed business and engineering journals. His research findings have been presented in leading international conferences like PMI Research and Education Conference and the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. The World Health Organization also listed some of his papers in its database of impactful research studies relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tari is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a PMP® and PRINCE2® Practitioner.

Teaching Interests

My teaching responsibilities are primarily in the area of project management, and its application on major projects. I am also interested in teaching areas related to people, team and organizational challenges.

Research Interests

My interest in risk management continues but it is now complemented by the need to understand soft issues in project management such as circular economy, sustainability, governance, stakeholder sense-making. I am also interested in people and organizational challenges as well as the digitization of project delivery processes.

Consulting Interests

Management of infrastructure development
People, team and organizational challenges
Project value creation
Program complexity management
Digitization of project delivery processes

Selected Publications

2023: An evaluation of determinants influencing the adoption of circular economy principles in Nigerian construction SMEs, Building Research & Information (69-84 pp.)

2023: Virtual Project Teams in Supply Chains, Palgrave Macmillan (23 pp.)

2023: WHO COVID-19 Research Database,

2023: Zuofa, T., Ochieng, E.G. (2023). Virtual Project Teams in Supply Chains. In: Sarkis, J. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Supply Chain Management., Palgrave Macmillan (23 pp.)

2022: Reimaging public-private partnership model as hybrid: South Africa viewpoint. 27(2) , Public Works Management & Policy. (152-183 pp.)

2021: Achieving sustainable major infrastructure projects: development and management. In: Ochieng, E.G., Zuofa, T. and Badi, S. eds. Routledge Handbook of Planning and Management of Global Strategic Infrastructure Projects. Oxford: Routledge, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (71-102 pp.)

2021: Master planning for resilient major infrastructure projects. In: Ochieng, E.G., Zuofa, T. and Badi, S. eds. Routledge Handbook of Planning and Management of Global Strategic Infrastructure Projects. , Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (47-70 pp.)

2021: Augmenting the delivery of public research and development projects in developing countries, Technological Forecasting and Social Change

2019: Exploring the efficacy of Simulations in Education: the case of Project Management teaching and learning. In Proceedings of Delft University, Project Management Congress, April 11-12 in Delft, Netherlands. ,

Departmental Service

: Committee Member - UG Curriculum & Assessment
BUS 494 - Internship in Business
MBA 716 - Project Management
MBA 774 - Project Leadership/Change Mgmt
MBA 775 - Team Building/Comm in Projects
MGT 349 - Organizational Behavior
MIS 494 - Internship
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