2017 IRNOP Doctoral Workshop at Boston University



Doctoral students of program and project management invited to present and discuss their research

6 December 2016 – Boston, MA, USA – During 11-14 June 2017, the bi-annual IRNOP conference will be hosted by Metropolitan College, a multi-disciplinary school within Boston University (BU) in the United States. Metropolitan College is globally recognized for the excellence and academic rigor of its project management programs, and for its pioneering stance in the development of online education.

IRNOP, the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects, is the world’s largest network of academic researchers in the program and project management field. In keeping with its vibrant international spirit, the bi-annual IRNOP conference has been held in 12 cities across the globe since it began. This will be the first time that the IRNOP conference has been held in the USA.

160923-pmwj51-irnop-bu-logoA “Call for Papers” was issued in October for the INOP 2017 research conference, the largest of its kind in the world. To see the Call for Papers, click here.

2017 IRNOP Doctoral Workshop

Now IRNOP 2017 invites submissions from doctoral students in project management or a related discipline to attend a Doctoral Workshop on Sunday, 11 June 2017. As with previous IRNOP workshops you will have an opportunity to discuss your Doctoral research and thesis. You will also receive mentoring and advice from an international panel of distinguished project management researchers

The two criteria for acceptance are:

  • Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program and must express interest via the process described below.
  • Students must be registered and pay the discounted IRNOP student fee of $225.

To be considered for this workshop, students must submit an abstract outlining their doctoral research, indicating the stage of their research. It will be useful to also document challenges you are facing, if any, and what advice or opportunity you are seeking. We may break out the discussions into separate groups where students will have an opportunity to present their research.

Doctoral Workshop Submission Process

Abstracts of 750 words must be submitted through irnop@bu.eduwith subject header: Doctoral Workshop Abstract.  Include a brief overview of the nature of the research problem, methodology/method, theoretical framework, and explain how you would benefit from the workshop.  We encourage you to include a brief bibliography. This would not count towards the 750-word limit.

IRNOP 2017 theme

The theme of the 2017 IRNOP conference is The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks. Project management is evolving, and over the last two decades it has shifted from a set of tools that could assist in the execution of actions, to a more complex and dynamic set of process-based and behaviorally-based activities, underpinned by a growing and significant body of research. The modern understanding of the project domain embraces complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty in turbulent environments, and has moved towards an alignment with broader academic concepts, including complex adaptive systems, operations management, improvisational working practices, and evidence-based management. For more about the conference, visit the IRNOP 2017 website at http://irnopboston.org/ or contact irnop@bu.edu.


The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) was founded in 1993 as a community of scholars and practitioners with a common passion for projects and project organizing in temporary organizations. The IRNOP network includes members from all over the world, with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in business, economics, engineering and management. The network prides itself on its independence – avoiding any central administration – and aims to share local project initiatives and innovations on an international platform. For more about IRNOP, visit http://www.irnop.org/