IPMA presents Research Awards at the 26th IPMA World Congress


by Jouko Vaskimo

Greece and Finland

International Project Management Association (IPMA) has recognized excellence in project management research, and awarded IPMA Research Awards 2012 at the 26th IPMA World Congress. IPMA research awards are organized into four categories to appropriately recognize outstanding contributions: The IPMA Young Researcher Award honors young researchers, for research which has led to a PhD. In this category the jury recognizes, in addition to the category winner, further excellent research contributions with the IPMA Outstanding Research Contribution by a Young Researcher award. The IPMA Research Award honors established project management researchers for a particular research project accomplished.

The prestigious IPMA Research Achievement Award – awarded per nomination only – honors an exceptional project management researcher for his or her achievements in research and contributions to the project management practice. The IPMA Research Achievement Award is the highest research-related award by IPMA, and highly respected by the project management research community.

The awards were presented to the awardees in the 26th IPMA World Congress Gala Awards Dinner by Professor Mladen Radujkovic, IPMA Vice President of Research and Education / Training, Dr Martina Huemann, a member of the IPMA Research Management Board and director of the IPMA Research Awards, and Mr Miles Shepherd, a member of the IPMA Research Management Board and Congress Program Chair.

In the photograph (from left to right): Professor Mladen Radujkovic, Professor Rodney Turner (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

Professor Rodney Turner, SKEMA Business School, was awarded the IPMA Research Achievement Award 2012 for his achievement in research, and his contributions to the project management practice as well as to the advancement of project management as a research field leading to its recognition in academia. He is one of the first academics to have moved from the single project perspective into the more strategic perspective of the project-based organisation. His current interests include project-oriented leadership, project governance, ethics and trust, the management of projects in small to medium-sized enterprises and the management of complex projects. Professor Turner is the managing consultant at EuroProjex Ltd, Scientific Adviser to the PhD program in Project and Programme Management at SKEMA Business School, Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and the Kemmy Business School, Limerick and Drexel University Philadelphia, and Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School.

During the IPMA World Congress Gala Awards Dinner Professor Turner was also nominated IPMA Honorary Fellow by IPMA President Mr Roberto Mori in recognition of his contributions to IPMA. Professor Turner is best known as the executive editor of the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM), and achieving ranking of IJPM with the Thompson ISI Index with a score higher than 1.5 is one of his major accomplishments.  Professor Turner served as IPMA President in 1999 … 2000 and Chairman of the IPMA Council of Delegates in 2001 … 2002. He has also held numerous positions through which he has contributed to the further development of project management nationally as well as internationally. Professor Turner is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK Association for Project Management (APM).


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About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo


Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .