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Watch for announcements of upcoming conferences, Research Working Sessions, funding opportunities, curriculum workshops, awards and presentations.


Submit Now for Project Management Sessions at AMCIS and BAM

3 September 2019

For 2019, both the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM) annual conferences will have a special focus on Project Management, and calls for papers are now open.

The BAM conference takes place 3-5 September 2019 at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. The Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Track at the conference will feature a special session on Project Management. To provide an opportunity for researchers from the UK and beyond to engage in a debate around all areas of project management, the track organizers invite full and/or developmental papers for a special session on project management. The aim is to create a vibrant project management community at BAM.

More details about the special session and submission information is available on the BAM website. The BAM submission deadline is 22 February.

The AMCIS annual meeting will be held 15-17 August in Cancun, Mexico. The conference will feature a Mini Track on Project Management Education. The purpose is to engage project management researchers, educators, and practitioners to exchange and discuss novel ideas on project management education. Submissions that address the current state of project management education, highlight emerging topics and trends in this area, provide suggestions for improved teaching and learning, and present interesting teaching cases are welcome. Other submissions related to project management education are also welcome. The deadline to submit papers to the Mini-Track on Project Management Education is 1 March. Contact mini track chair Maheshwar Boodraj at for more information or to submit a paper. The best paper from this mini track will receive a US$1,000 award and complementary early-bird conference registration for one presenter from PMI.


Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

25 April 2019

The PMI Sponsored Research Program awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research whose themes and perspectives have direct application to theory and/or practice of project management. PMI invites proposals from individuals as well as multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the field of project management.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 25 April 2019.

We encourage proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit You will also find published research from past PMI Sponsored Research Program-funded projects.

Proposals can be submitted directly at


PMI Awards Four Sponsored Research Grants for 2019

10 December 2018

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:

  1. Project Title: Knowing when to embrace ambiguity and when to fear it: developing the ability to manage uncertainty in project managers
    Investigators: Anna Wiewiora (principal investigator) and Peter O’Connor
    Affiliation: Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  2. Project Title: Harnessing Social Capital with Community Stakeholders in Infrastructure Projects
    Investigators: Suresh Cuganesan (principal investigator), Kenneth Chung, and Pernille Eskerod
    Affiliation: The University of Sydney, Australia
  3. Project Title: Project Organizing for Tackling Grand Challenges in Emergent Markets
    Investigator: Nuno Gil (principal investigator)
    Affiliation: Manchester Business School, United Kingdom
  4. Project Title: P3M Implementation Framework for Grand Challenges Policies: The Case of Climate Change Mitigation Infrastructure
    Investigators: Vedran Zerjav (principal investigator), Efrosyni Konstantinou, Kate Gasparro
    Affiliation: University College London, United Kingdom

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 at IRNOP – 9-12 December 2018

16 November 2018 to 20 December 2018

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:

  • Professor Stewart Clegg will speak on “Power Relations and Temporality in Megaprojects” on Monday, 10 December at 9:30am.
  • Michael Kalinowski, a civil engineer with extensive experience on major infrastructure projects, will speak on Tuesday, 11 December at 9:00am.
  • Professor Jonas Söderlund will present the final keynote, “Advancing theory and debate in project studies,” on Wednesday, 12 December at 9:00am.

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 You can register for the workshop at

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


PMI Academic Awards: Call for Nominations Now Open

1 March 2019

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:

PMI Research Achievement Award

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.

PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award

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.

PMI Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award

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.

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award

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


Project Learning Webinar on 6 November: Register Today!

10 October 2018 to 7 November 2018

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, 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 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:

  • identified 10 bridging mechanisms for multilevel learning that project-based organizations can utilize to encourage learning from and to projects
  • established that 3 key actors: senior leaders, project managers and project management office play crucial role in activating project learning flows, and engaging individuals, teams and organization to participate in learning efforts.
  • developed a new leadership scale to measure leaders behavior focused on promoting project learning.

Register now at–10-Mechanisms-Influencing-Project-Learning


New Sponsored Research Monograph Available

25 September 2018

“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 The call for proposals for the 2020 annual funding cycle will open on 1 February 2019.


Registration Open: Free PMI Student Virtual Event – 30 October 2018

17 September 2018

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:

Keynote presentations:

  • Opening keynote: Cristiano Muller, MBA, PMP, a project manager and professional Alpinist, will share how he used his project managed his way to the top of Mt. Everest.
  • Closing keynote: Aliki Courmanopoulos, MPhil, PMP, tells how she travelled the world to visit 17 project management communities around the globe to discuss their challenges and successes.

Learning sessions:

  • Career session: Enhancing Leadership Presence – Learning mindfulness, increasing emotional intelligence and becoming more self aware.
  • PM without Borders: Project management for social good
  • Technical session: Opposites Attract – Artificial intelligence and user experience for digital projects.

Collaboration space:

Network and interact with your peers based on geographic region or industry of interest.

Exhibit hall:

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 with questions.


PMI Awards Two Thesis Research Grants for 2019

27 August 2018

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:

  1. Digitalization as Game Changer in Project Stakeholder Management

Student Investigator: Christof Kier, MSc

University: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria


  1. Managing Technical Debt in Agile Software Development Projects

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


Academic Events at 2018 Global Conference and LIM

21 August 2018

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.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 October
  • Time: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • Location: Playground

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.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 October
  • Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Location: Playground

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:

  • City University of Seattle School of Management for their Bachelor of Science in Project Management and Master of Science in Project Management
  • Western Carolina University College of Business for their Master of Project Management Degree Program


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.

  • Date: Friday, 5 October
  • Time: 7:00-9:00pm
  • Location: Recording Academy Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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.

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