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Luis Javier Serrano-Tamayo

Department: Marketing and Strategy

Office/Location: 2.55e

Telephone: +44 (0)2920416651


Staff Overview

​​​Dr. Serrano-Tamayo joined Cardiff Metropolitan University as Lecturer in Project Management in February 2023. Luis teaches in the Project Management MSc programme, supervise dissertations in the MSc. Project Management and MBA (Project Management) programmes and undertakes research in Project Management.

​​​Prior to his academic post at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Luis served during 30 years in the Colombian Navy until the rank of Naval Captain. Parallel to his senior military positions, he has taught Project Management modules at The University of Manchester, in which he did his PhD in Management of Projects, as well as other high-profile Colombian Universities.

​​​Along his career, Luis have received several honours and awards. He received +10 medals of distinguished services to the Colombian Military Forces, Colombian Navy, Surface Force, Naval Academy, among others. He was distinguished as Military Scientific Researcher.

​​​Luis obtained his certificate as PMP (Project Management Professional) in 2014, after +10 years-experience leading projects into defence, technology, education, and industrial sectors into a +500 million USD portfolio, implementing multi-criteria decision-making and solving complex projects. He also led the creation of the Project Management Office of the Colombian Navy, based on PMI standards, and working together with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

​​​Luis studied his MBA at the triple crowned (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) School of Management at Universidad de Los Andes, being chosen as representative in the challenge “Student of the Year Award”, Association of MBA’s (AMBA). He did his MBA studies parallel to MSc studies in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he has other postgraduate studies in National Security & Defence, Command & Senior Staff, and Maritime Politics & Strategy.

​​​His background is in defence and engineering. He holds a B.Sc. in naval-mechanical engineering (with laureate thesis), parallel to a BA in Naval Sciences from the Naval Academy “Almirante Padilla”. He spent the first 15 years of his career as engineer in naval vessels, commanding officer of naval vessels, lecturer of the naval academy, and project manager in shipbuilding and maintenance projects. In the last 15 years of his career, he consolidated his Project Management experience, becoming the only PMP certified of Colombian Navy, and leading projects, programmes and portfolios in defence, technology, education, and industrial sectors.


MPM7003 Strategic Project Management

MPM7005 Project Commercial Management

MPM7007 Mega and Complex Projects


​​His research interests focus on three areas: first, project portfolio management and strategic management; second: inclusion in project management; third, decision-making in project management. He welcomes PhD candidates who are interested in project management, and especially in the areas mentioned above.

Key Publications

  1. International Conference on Advances in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. “Identification of stakeholders and practices of inclusive education”. December 2021. Dubai, UAE.
  2. Advanced Research in Education, Teaching and Learning Proceedings. University of Oxford. “Inclusive education in practice: socialization of former combatants into society”. December 2020. Oxford, UK.
  3. X Conference of Naval Engineering. “21 trends in project portfolio management applied to the implementation of renewable energy at the Colombian Navy”. November 2020. Bogotá, Colombia.
  4. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings. “Inclusion of illegitimate actors through arts: a perspective from the Colombian peace process”. August 2019. Boston, MA.
  5. European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium. “Tensions of organisational identity in transition from illegitimacy to legitimacy: a perspective from the Colombian peace process”. July 2018. Tallin, Estonia.
  6. European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium. “Governing with an open strategy? Critical reflections on opening governance and strategy in the recent case of the Colombian peace process”. July 2017. Copenhagen, Denmark. publications/governingwith-an-open-strategy-critical-reflections-on-opening-governance-and-strategy-in-the-recent-caseof-the-colombian-peace-process(92e8f4c5-d16f-4b8c-8152-e2e8fd311f80).html
  7. Surface Vessels Conference. “Frigates in the Colombian Navy: Balancing strategic capabilities with asymmetric threats”. January 2017. London, UK.
  8. International Offshore Patrol Vessels conference 2016: enabling cost-effective maritime security. 15-16 September 2016. Oral presentation: “Offshore Patrol Vessels in the Colombian Navy: combining roles and identifying priorities”. September 2016. Glasgow, UK.
  9. British Academy of Management Conference. 6-8 September 2016. Full paper and oral presentation: “Twenty years of systematic as practice in top journals: a systematic review”. Newcastle, UK.
  10. Studies of Defense and Security (Estudios de Seguridad y Defensa,) 8 (16). Application of AHP method for choosing an optimal landing craft vessel for the Colombian Navy (Aplicación metodología AHP para selección del buque de desembarco anfibio óptimo para la Armada Nacional). November 2013. article/view/76/157
  11. PMI Colombia Chapter. II International Congress on Project Management. “Plan Orion: modernization of the Colombian Navy through the development of a PMO” (Plan Orión: cómo la Armada Nacional desarrolló una PMO para su modernización). November 2013. Bogotá, Colombia.
  12. International Conference on Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. “Computational optimization of stability, propulsion and manoeuvrability of a riverine vessel”. January 2011. Dubai, UAE. javier_serrano_tamayo/stability-propulsion-system-andrudder-evaluation-of-a-riverine-support-vessel-to-optimize-its-operational-performance
  13. International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. “Break even analysis in engineering projects: the case of a new technology application”. January 2011. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  14. Pan-American Institute of Naval Engineering. XXI Pan-American Congress of Naval Engineering. “Stability, propulsion and manoeuvrability evaluation of a riverine vessel to optimize its operational performance in Meta River”. October 2009. Montevideo, Uruguay. /evaluacion-de-laestabilidad-sistema-de-propulsion-5c3260a2f222a

Other Projects and activities

Regular Reviewer for the British Academy of Management and the European Group of Organization Studies conferences.

Chairman of the “VIII International Ship and Design Naval Engineering Congress” held in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) from 8-10 March 2023

Conference Presentations

  • Academy of Management 2019
  • European Group of Organization Studies 2017, 2018
  • British Academy of Management 2016
  • PMI Colombia 2013, 2022

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