In an era of increasing competition and uncertainty, the business world is in an on-going struggle with rapid technological and market change. Mark Kozak-Holland combines a deep background in business and IT, visioning, and an understanding of the recent past to assist clients in evaluating this change and how enabling technology can be applied, to transform their business, and assess its impact on process/people.
Mark's 40 years professional career in consulting/project management with project-based services organizations (DXC Technology, HP/HPe, IBM, Tandem Computers, SHL Systemhouse) has been all client-facing on initiatives. As part of strategic transformation teams or the “tip of the spear” he has teamed up with clients in nurturing these initiatives into real programs/projects. He has extensive experience (25 years) in program/project management within complex business transition and transformation, and considerable senior leadership experience. He has delivered 200+ client-facing professional service engagements which have:
With a deep background in IT, Mark assists clients in evaluating change and how enabling technology can be applied to and transform their business, and assess its impact on process/people. Mark has an architectural understanding of how IT works as an enabler of transformation and a good comprehension of how the digital future is coming together and the strategies required to shape it. He is keenly aware of key trends, opportunities, and issues in the evolving digital enterprise marketplace.
What differentiates Mark’s approach is he draws on his unique series of publications which reinterpret our industrial past and explain the impact of change, enabling technologies, projects, and transformation for today's business world. Through his research, he has a deep insight into how we have been visioning and reimagining a future world, the effect of 3 Industrial Revolutions (past 300 years), and the transformative projects that impacted society on all levels. He has authored over 15 books, audiobooks, and DVDs in addition to many academic white papers and articles published in journals and magazines worldwide. As a result, he has become a recognized keynote business conference speaker (250+ conferences and seminars) and a guest university lecturer.
Mark has further augmented his approach through academic research he completed for his Ph.D. in the field of Project Management, with extensive research into the theories behind PM and the practice of PM. He has written academic papers published in leading PM journals related to knowledge transfer/translation across disciplines and adapting it into practice. He established a methodology for identifying, synthesizing and interpreting lessons from case studies and previous transformational projects for the business world. Recently he extensively researched the challenge of digital transformations and managing transformation projects to understand the challenges of innovation projects and why transformation prevails over optimization.
He is a recognized professional in the project management discipline and has completed extensive research into projects and their transformative effect on organizations which has resulted in published works (2020).
Awards and Recognition
He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), is certified by IBM in the Consultant Profession, and by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) as a Senior Project Manager (IPMA Level D).
Winner at OCTAS, a competition honored by the Fédération de l'informatique du Québec for most innovative IT project. This is a major occasion in the province of Quebec: http://www.fiq.qc.ca/evenements.htm#laureats
Compaq Services recognition for the development, evolution, and promotion of the Business Discovery program.
Ph.D. in Project Management, Salford Business School, University of Salford 2013-2014, thesis titled “The Relevance of Historical Project Lessons to Contemporary Business Practice”.
B.Sc. with Joint Honours degree in Computer Science and Statistics 1980-1983 (University of Salford, UK).