Academic Staff

Mr Ian Jay

B.Sc (Hon) (Structural Geology) University of Wales-Cardiff MBL UNISA
PMP, Member of PMI, PMSA

Programme Convenor: Project Management

Tel: 021 650 4854

After graduating Ian served as a Scientific Officer in the British Geological Survey. He then moved to the National Coal Board (Opencast Executive) in Scotland. In 1981 he joined Shell Oil Company where he worked prospecting and evaluating Coal, and later Gold mining prospects in South Africa. During this time he studied and graduated from UNISA with an MBL. In 1989 Ian made a career change and moved into the marketing and later IT area of Shell where he began practicing project management by implementing internal systems and marketing processes to industrial customers. From 2001 Ian worked with BP implementing systems in the Southern and Eastern African region. This gave him some 18 years of experience in systems and business change related project management within the Oil industry. The scope of projects ranges from technology scanning, business case development, process control technologies, point of sale and pump automation through to implementation of transaction and MIS systems and IT infrastructure.

He holds PMP certification with the Project Management Institute (USA) and has held APM Group (UK) PRINCE2 project practitioner status. In addition, he has written training courses for project managers including one aimed at assisting others to obtain PMP status.

Research Interests

Project success criteria and value management, Particularly in areas of public service delivery and in large capital projects involving complex technology.

Ian is currently undertaking a PhD in the field of Value Management and its potential use to enhance local government service delivery.


Within the department Ian teaches project finance, quality management, human resource management (leadership, change management, motivation), and some aspects of research methodology on the masters programmes.

On undergraduate courses Ian teaches value, project and risk management as well as database design for MS access and geology related to construction site investigation.

External Responsibilities

Ian has a great interest in management science and writes articles and book reviews for the PMSA Journal ‘ProjectNet’. He is a past President of the Cape Town branch of the Project Management Institute of SA .

Ian is an external examiner for MSc students at Nelson Mandela University, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal and MTech and BTech students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Bowen, P.A., Edwards, P.J., Cattell, K.S. and Jay, C.I. (2010) Value management in the South African manufacturing industry: exploratory findings. Accepted by Management Decision.

  • Bowen, P.A., Edwards, P.J., Cattell, K.S. and Jay, C.I. (2010) The understanding and practice of value management by South African construction project managers: exploratory findings. Journal of Contemporary Management. Vol. 7, 2010, pp. 347-362

  • Bowen, P.A., Cattell, K.S., Edwards, P.J. and Jay, C.I. (2010) ‘Value Management Practice by South African Quantity Surveyors’. Facilities vol. 28, No 1 / 2 , pp.46-63

  • Bowen, P.A., Jay, C.I., Cattell, K.S., and Edwards, P.J. (2010) ‘Value management awareness and practice by South African architects: exploratory survey findings’. Construction Innovation. Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.203-222

  • Bowen, P.A., Edwards, P.J., Cattell, K.S. and Jay, C.I. (2009) ‘the Awareness and Practice of Value Management by South African Consulting Engineers: Preliminary findings’ International Journal of Project Management. Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 285-295

  • Mvungi, M. and Jay, I. (2009) ‘Knowledge Management Model for Information Technology Support Service’ Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management. Vol. 7, Issue 3, pp. 353-366

Conference proceedings:

  • Edwards, P., Bowen, P., Jay, I. and Cattell, K. (2010) ‘value management practice in South Africa: the construction and manufacturing industries compared’ COBRA 2010 conference proceedings, Paris 2 – 3 Sept 2010.

  • Jay, C.I., Bowen, P.A. and Cattell, K.S. (2009) ‘Mapping the value thread in local government service delivery in South Africa’ Conference Proceedings, CRC Seattle, 4-7th April 2009.

  • Jay, C.I., Bowen, P.A. (2009) ‘Modelling client values with utility curves’ COBRA 2009 conference proceedings, Cape Town 10-11th Sept. 2009.

  • Thomson, I., Jay, C.I., Bowen, P.A. and Cattell, K.S. (2009) ‘Product and Project Success Criteria in Petrochemical Plant Projects’ PMSA Western Cape Conference, proceedings, Cape Town 18-19th Nov. 2009.