Hans Bakker

Professor of Management of Engineering Projects


Structural Engineering


Integral Design and Management


Management of Engineering Projects


Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Building 23
Stevinweg 1 / PO box 5048
2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft

Room number: 3.28
Phone: +31 15 27 84893
E-mail: h.l.m.bakker@remove-this.tudelft.nl
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Secretary: Sandra Schuchmann

Secondary employment

Prof.dr. H.L.M. (Hans) Bakker


PhD in Solid State Physics (VU Amsterdam, 1985). Joined Shell Research as a research physicist. Developed towards general management roles by further assignments in the business, roles in engineering and in operations. Final role was Vice-President Contracting and Procurement for Projects. Involved in improving project management performance/success since 2002, first in Shell and now full-time at TUD. In his free time he is a model railroad builder and loves to ski.

Research interests

  • Fit-for-purpose project management
  • Learning from projects
  • Managing project complexity
  • Project predictability


The ambition of the chair management of engineering projects is to contribute to the measurable improvement of the performance of both engineering and infrastructure projects. This vision is driven by the firm belief that the performance of projects as delivered via project management should and can be improved. It is unbelievable that after 60 years of project management still 40% of projects are not delivered according to plan. This score is even worse for megaprojects (70%). How can we adapt and improve the management of projects to improve the performance?

Educational activities

Key publications

  • Inaugural address: ”Management of projects: a people process”, 14 mei 2008, TU Delft
  • Leonie Koops, Marian Bosch-Rekveldt, Laura Coman, Marcel Hertogh, Hans Bakker, “Identifying perspectives of public project managers on project success: Comparing viewpoints of managers from five countries in North-West Europe”, International Journal of Project Management 34 (2016) 874-889
  • Marcel  Hertogh, Jeroen Rijke, Hans Bakker, “Opportunity framing for infrastructure projects”,
    Cost & Value, 9(2016) 8-11
  • Mohammad Suprapto, Hans L.M. Bakker, Herman G. Mooi, W. Moree, “Sorting out the essence of owner-contractor collaboration in capital projects delivery”, International Journal of Project Management 33 (2015) 664–683
  • M.Bosch-Rekveldt, Y.Jongkind, H.Mooi, H.L.M.Bakker, A.Verbraeck, “Grasping project complexity in large engineering projects: The TOE (Technical, Organisational and Environmental) framework, International Journal of Project Management 29 (2011) 728-739
  • H.L.M. Bakker, R. Arkesteijn, M.G.C. Bosch-Rekveldt, H.G. Mooi, Project success from the perspective of owners and contractors in the process industry, IPMA World Congress 2010

More publications


  • NWO project: Managing complex system disruptions, partnership with EUR, VUA, TUD, ProRail
  • Royal FrieslandCampina: Professionalising Project Management
  • Ardee BV: Transparante uitbesteding

Other activities

  • Member editorial Board IPMA Projectie Magazine
  • Member editorial BoardDAC Cost & Value
  • Member programme board PMI Summit (annual congress)
  • Member programme commission Aging Assets (NAP)


  • “Evaluatie Sluiskiltunnel, reflectie  vanuit wetenschap en praktijk”, Marcel Hertogh, Hans Bakker, Ard-Pieter de Man en Roel Scholten, juni 2015,  Nederlands Centrum voor Ondergronds Bouwen, Delft, The Netherlands
  • “Management of Engineering Projects – People are key” edited by HLM Bakker and JP de Kleijn, NAPNetwerk, Nijkerk, The Netherlands (2014)
  • “In dialoog over veranderen”, eds C.den Uijl-de Vries, G. Koch, G. Silvius & R. Blaas,  Aetsveld Consultancy (2014) 218-235, Bravenewbooks.nl, Amersfoort, The Netherlands, Chapter “Van lijnmanagement naar project management: overstap of evolutie?”


  • Prof.Dr. Hans Bakker, De menselijke maat bij grote projecten, Stories of Science, Natuurkundigen bij de faculteit CiTG, TUDelft, The Netherlands
  • FD Maart 2016, IPMA-NL, Ronde tafel gesprek, Rol project management verandert, kernwaarden blijven gelijk, 17 februari 2016
  • AD Delft, 25 januari 2016, Te grote broek en teveel haast, interview door Bjinse Dankert
  • Petrochem 1 (2015), Project management is mensenwerk, interview door Dagmar Aarts
  • Delta, TU Delft, Met die embargo’s zijn we misschien een stap te ver gegaan, interview Connie van Uffelen, November 2014
  • Industrial Insights, Management of engineering projects, 2009
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