Watch for announcements of upcoming conferences, Research Working Sessions, funding opportunities, curriculum workshops, awards and presentations.
Each year, PMI awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research with themes and perspectives that have direct application to the theory and/or practice of project management.
For 2019, PMI has awarded four Sponsored Research Grants:
Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients! The next Sponsored Research Program grant funding cycle opens 1 February 2019 for funding in 2020. To learn more about the PMI Sponsored Research Program, visit pmi.org/SponsoredResearch.
PMI Academic Programs is proud to sponsor the 14th IRNOP 2018 Conference and Doctoral Symposium, to be held 9-12 December 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, at RMIT University. IRNOP, the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects, connects scholars with a background in business, economics, engineering and other fields, with a common interest in projects, project organizations, and temporary systems.
The IRNOP conference is a leading international event focused on project management research. This year’s conference theme follows the RMIT logo theme, “a skilled hand and a cultivated mind.” The conference is organized around eight track sessions; each track session offers three streams. In addition, each of the three days of the event will feature a different keynote speaker:
A “Meet the Editors” session featuring editors of the Project Management Journal will take place at 5:00pm on Monday, 10 December. Project Management Journal is the peer-reviewed academic and research journal of PMI and features state-of-the-art research, techniques, theories, and applications in project management. During the session, journal editors will talk through requirements for publication, explain journal policies, and answer questions from attendees.
During the Awards presentation on 12 December at 1:30pm, the IPMA-PMI Best Paper Award and the IPMA-PMI Best Student Paper Award will be announced. The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education (GAC) will also recognize universities with project management academic degree programs that have recently been granted accreditation.
Following the Awards presentation, the GAC will host an accreditation workshop. This workshop is designed to offer insight into the accreditation process for prospective, applicant, and currently accredited programs. To learn more about the workshop, contact GAC@pmi.org. You can register for the workshop at https://pmief.wufoo.com/forms/gac-accreditation-workshop-12-december-2018/
Representatives from PMI Academic Programs will be available throughout the conference to share information on the many resources available for faculty and researchers in the project management field, including academic program accreditation, curriculum and teaching support, research funding, and publications including the Project Management Journal.
For more information on PMI’s sponsorship of the 2018 IRNOP conference, email email@example.com.
The annual PMI Academic Awards recognize and honor outstanding members of the profession who contribute in exemplary ways to research, teaching, literature, and practice in project management and related professions.
You can nominate your colleagues now for the 2019 Awards! The call for nominations opened 1 November and will remain open for submissions through 1 March 2019. The following awards are open for nomination:
The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes and honors an individual or group of individuals whose work has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices of project management through a published body of academic research.
The PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award recognizes and honors either an academic or a practitioner for excellence in contributing to both research and practice by conducting academic research and adapting research findings to practice.
The PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for excellence in teaching project management, and/or for their strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education.
2019 is the first year that the Teaching Excellence Award is named for Dr. Stuckenbruck, who served as Secretary on the PMI Board of Directors and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1980. He contributed to management and technical journals, wrote chapters for five published books, and presented papers at many professional society meetings. He also authored books and handbooks, including The Implementation of Project Management: The Professional’s Handbook. He also prepared the Index of PMI Papers as published in the Proceedings of the Annual PMI Seminars/Symposia and in the Project Management Journal® 1969-84.
The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award recognizes the author(s) of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice.
For more information on the 2019 PMI Academic Awards, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 6 November at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, PMI Sponsored Researcher Anna Wiewiora will present an hour-long webinar on her research, entitled “Building Project-Based Learning Organizations: 10 Mechanisms Influencing Project Learning.”
This webinar, available at ProjectManagement.com, is open to everyone, including students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners. Viewers are eligible for 1 PDU. There is no cost for the webinar; viewers only need a free account on ProjectManagement.com. You can register here.
The webinar will take a close look at Project Learning, which is a vital prerequisite for innovation as it directly contributes to project and organizational capability development. Project learning occurs on the individual, team, and organizational level. However, how organizations facilitate the transfer of learning between the individual, project, and organizational levels remains limited.
As more organizations become project-based, there is an emergent need to understand how these organizations can overcome challenges of disruptive learning cycles caused by project temporality and employee mobility. This webinar will present key findings from the PMI sponsored research investigating mechanisms influencing learning flows between individuals, project and the parent organization.
The webinar will focus on presenting 3 notable contributions from the research that informed project management literature and practice. This research:
“Incentivizing Collaborative BIM-Enabled Projects: A Synthesis of Agency and Behavioral Approaches” is a new research monograph published by PMI. The monograph will debut at the PMI 2018 Global Conference in Los Angeles, 4-6 October, and is available in the PMI Bookstore. The work is authored by PMI Sponsored Research grant recipient Chen-Yu Chang, PhD, Senior Lecturer in the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management at University College London. The PMI Sponsored Research program funds new research which advance the project management body of knowledge.
The use of digital representations to aid in projects—Building Information Modeling (BIM)—is gaining traction worldwide as an effective and beneficial approach to executing projects that can reduce errors and improve project results. In this new monograph, Professor Chang explains the current state of BIM use in three distinct countries – China, the United Kingdom, and the United States – and explores the explicit and implicit motivators that may drive BIM participation and the factors that can influence its effectiveness.
The case studies offer multiple perspectives on why and how BIM-enabled projects are adopted and provide a lens for understanding BIM at varying levels of maturity and in different environments. As BIM continues to evolve and transform the industry, this research provides valuable insight into the best practices for incentivizing its use. This theoretical approach gives researchers and organizations new tools and ideas to help build their own strategies to encourage BIM use and better understand its place in managing projects.
For more information on the PMI Sponsored Research Program, visit www.PMI.org/SponsoredResearch. The call for proposals for the 2020 annual funding cycle will open on 1 February 2019.
Students are invited to join us for a free virtual event on 30 October 2018 from 10am-4pm Eastern time. This virtual summit offers real opportunities for students studying project management or an allied discipline to learn and network. The event will feature keynote presentations, technical and informational sessions, collaboration space and a virtual exhibit hall.
This event is designed to help students and new professionals learn more about project management, connect with their colleagues, and gain insight into the transition from student to professional.
The event is free and registration is open now. Visit the event registration page to sign up and learn more.
The 2018 event will feature:
Network and interact with your peers based on geographic region or industry of interest.
Learn about PMI certifications, membership and other resources for students and emerging professionals.
Sign up now to join the PMI Virtual Student Summit on 30 October 2018 from 10am-4pm Eastern. Contact email@example.com with questions.
As part of the PMI Sponsored Research Program, PMI awards Thesis Research Grants of up to US$25,000 each year to support doctoral and masters research in project management or related fields. Applications are accepted from full- and part-time students at accredited colleges and universities.
For 2019, PMI has announced two Thesis Research Grant awards:
Student Investigator: Christof Kier, MSc
University: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Student Investigator: Maheshwar Boodraj, PhD Candidate
University: Georgia State University, USA
Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients! The next Thesis Research Grant funding cycle opens 1 April 2019 for funding in 2020. To learn more about the PMI Sponsored Research Program, including Thesis Research Grants, visit pmi.org/SponsoredResearch.
Events for Faculty, Students and Emerging Professionals at PMI Global Conference and LIM
Are you a faculty member, student or young professional attending PMI North America Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) or the PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles, 4-6 October? If so, PMI Academic Programs invites you to join our activities and events to learn more about academic outreach, faculty resources, research sponsorship and dissemination, and much more!
PMI Global Conference Events
Global Conference is PMI’s flagship event each year, attracting thousands of like-minded professionals for three days of top-notch learning, networking and fun.
The David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award Presentation: The Cleland Award recognizes the author of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice. The 2018 Cleland Award will be announced and presented during the PMI® Professional Awards Gala on 6 October.
The Art of Teaching: Good and Applied Practices in Project Management Course Development: This presentation will highlight examples of good practices in project management education from the perspective of a practitioner turned academic. It will not focus on certification or training, but instead on academic course development for project management students in degree programs.
Trends from Academia: Research Outcomes, Career Path of Students, and Developments in PM Education: This session will highlight recent PMI-funded research, particularly with regard to the career path of students and trends in how project management is being taught and accredited.
Award Presentation for Recently Accredited Programs: Following the Trends from Academia session, PMI Academic Programs and the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education will present accreditation awards to the following institutions:
PMI North America Leadership Institute Meeting Events
Join chapter leaders from across the globe at the PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting 2018—North America to engage in a collaborative, inspiring event where you and your colleagues can share your successes and develop leadership skills to operate and sustain the values and vision of your chapter.
Networking Event for Emerging Professionals: PMI Academic Programs will host an exclusive networking reception for emerging leaders and professionals in the project management profession. The event will take place at the GRAMMY Museum in the L.A. Live complex, where attendees will have the opportunity to explore exhibits celebrating the history and legacy of all forms of music while meeting fellow chapter leaders and Global Conference attendees.
Visit PMI Academic Programs at Leader’s Edge: Our staff will be available in the Leader’s Edge area at North America LIM to answer your questions on Academic Outreach, faculty resources and curriculum, the PMI Sponsored Research Program, the Project Management Journal, PMI Academic Awards, and more.
The Academy of Management (AOM) annual meeting draws over 10,000 attendees each year who practice, teach, or do research in the field of management. PMI Academic Programs is once again a Gold-level Sponsor of this year’s meeting, to be held 10-14 August 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
AOM provides PMI with a highly visible opportunity to showcase the value of project management to existing stakeholders as well as those in the management field who may not yet be familiar with project management or with the resources that are available from PMI. It also enables PMI Academic Programs to promote the work of project management scholars and create a space where project professionals can network and exchange ideas.
In addition to sponsoring the AOM meeting, PMI Academic Programs is also a Platinum-level Sponsor of the Academy’s Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Division. This sponsorship enables PMI to support a specific discipline within AOM that is particularly relevant to the field of project management. It also includes support for a symposium on project design featuring noted researchers in project management.
The symposium, “Delivery by Design in Major Projects? Shadows and Projections,” will take place on Tuesday, 14 August from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Plaza A. The session will feature an interactive panel discussion among cross-disciplinary scholars on the operations design challenge related to delivering major projects. Panelists include Monique Aubry, professor of graduate programs in project management at the University of Quebec at Montreal and a former editor of the Project Management Journal, and Martina Huemann, professor and head of the Project Management Group in the Department Strategy and Innovation and Academic Director of the Professional MBA Program: Project Management at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
PMI Academic Programs is also hosting an exhibitor session on the topic of megaprojects, led by Giorgio Locatelli, lecturer of Infrastructure Procurement and Management at the University of Leeds and an editor of the Project Management Journal. His session, “What’s Driving the Success of Megaprojects? Novel research method & evidence from 44 European cases,” will be held Sunday, 12 August from 1:15-2:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Columbus H. The session will review Dr. Locatelli’s research on 44 European megaprojects to identify the correlation between megaprojects’ characteristics and performance.
In the AOM exhibit hall at booth #618, PMI staff will share information on the many resources available for faculty and researchers in the project management field, including academic program accreditation, curriculum and teaching support, research funding, and publications including the Project Management Journal.
For more information on PMI’s support of the 2018 Academy of Management meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 21 June, three members of the Project Management academic community were honored for their contributions to education and research. PMI presented three academic awards during a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland at the 2018 EURAM Conference at the University of Iceland.
PMI Research Achievement Award 2018
The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals whose work has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices of project management through a published body of academic research.
Winner: Dr. Mark Keil, John B. Zellars Professor of Computer Information Systems
Georgia State University (USA)
PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2018
The PMI Teaching Excellence Award Recognizes an individual faculty member for sustained excellence in teaching project management, and to their strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education.
Winner: Avraham Shtub, PhD, PMP, Head of the Project Management Research Center, Stephen and Sharon Seiden Professor of Project Management
Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award 2018
The Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award recognizes the best paper published in the Project Management Journal in the previous year.
Author: Prof. Dr. Alfons H. van Marrewijk, Professor in Business Anthropology, Department of Organization Sciences
VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Winning Paper: “The Multivocality of Symbols: A Longitudinal Study of the Symbolic Dimensions of the High-Speed Train Megaproject (1995-2015)” (December 2017/January 2018)
PMI® EURAM Project Organizing SIG Partnership Grant
PMI also announced the winner of the 2018 EURAM Project Organizing SIG (Special Interest Group) Partnership Grant. The grant, part of the PMI Sponsored Research Program, supports research that demonstrates the connection between projects and strategy. The grant is awarded to a principal investigator from the EURAM Project Organizing SIG together with a co-principal investigator from the EURAM Strategy SIG.
Winning Research Team:
Natalya Sergeeva (principal investigator), Lecturer in Project Management, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UK)
Barbara Czarniawska, Research Chair in Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute; School of Business, Economics & Law, Göteborg University (Sweden)
Graham Winch, Professor, Alliance Manchester Business School – People, Management and Organisation Division, The University of Manchester (UK)
Tor Hernes, Professor, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Businesses School (Denmark)
Project: “Innovation champions in UK infrastructure megaprojects”
The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award will be presented at the 2018 PMI Global Conference, to be held 6-8 October in Los Angeles, California. The Cleland Award recognizes the author(s) of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice.