PMI Sponsored Research Webinars

The PMI Sponsored Research Program supports new academic research to advance knowledge in project management through grant funding. To help disseminate this research, PMI hosts hour-long webinars in which the grant recipients present findings from their research in a format and style accessible to students and professionals as well as academics. The links below will take you to each webinar, hosted on our sister site,, and you can earn PDUs for viewing.

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Managing Uncertainty in Megaprojects

John Steen, Associate Professor, University of Queensland Business School


Adapting to uncertainty during the life of a project is a crucial but often-overlooked capacity for megaproject performance. In this webinar, PMI Sponsored Research investigator John Steen presents his research showing that project leaders play an important role in recognizing when a plan needs to change and then navigating the path onto a new project plan without disrupting the delivery of the project.


Building Options at Project Front-End Strategizing: The Power of Capital Design for Evolvability

Nuno Gil, Professor of New Infrastructure Development, Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester


Capital projects are the source of myriad challenges. The challenge to design the end product for adaptability to future change can create tension and discord among project teams as they navigate the design phase. In this webinar, PMI Sponsored Research investigator Nuno Gil presents a framework to improve the quality of outcomes and increase the project team’s accountability during the design phase.


Expert Judgment: How to Incorporate the Latest Developments in Using this Common PM Tool

Paul Szwed, Professor, Massachusetts Maritime Academy


Expert judgment is a major source of information that can provide vital input to project managers, who must ensure that projects are completed successfully, on time, and on budget. In this webinar, PMI Sponsored Research investigator Paul S. Szwed provides research that will help project managers become more adept at using expert judgment effectively.


Visuals Matter!

Joana Geraldi, Academic Faculty Member, Technical University of Denmark, and Mario Arlt


In Visuals Matter!, the result of a two-year research project funded by the Project Management Institute and University College London, authors Joana Geraldi and Mario Arlt explore the impact of visuals on cognition and communication in project portfolio decisions. Their goal is to increase awareness about how important visuals can be and to provide guidance on how visuals can be used and designed to enhance business.


Organizational Enablers for Project Governance

Ralf Müller, Professor of Project Management, BI Norwegian Business School


Corporate governance and “governmentality” not only determine how business should be conducted, but also define the policies and procedures organizations follow to achieve business functions and goals. In this webinar, PMI Sponsored researcher Ralf Müller examines the interaction of governance and governmentality in various types of companies and demonstrates how these factors drive business success and influence project work, efficiency, and profitability.


Rethink! Project Stakeholder Management

Ralf Müller, Professor of Project Management, BI Norwegian Business School


In this webinar, PMI Sponsored researcher Martina Huemann analyzes stakeholder management from two perspectives: In a “management of stakeholders” approach, a project needs stakeholder contributions to fulfill its purpose. In contrast, the “management for stakeholders” approach is based on the understanding that all stakeholders are valuable regardless of their help or harm potential.


A Typology Framework for Virtual Teams

Ann Ledwith, Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick, and Padhraic Ludden, Programme Manager, Hewlett-Packard


In this webinar, PMI Sponsored researchers Ann Ledwith and Padhraic Ludden present empirical evidence to support the existence of a typology framework for virtual project teams. In addition, the relationship between virtual team types and project success is explored.