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Women in Project Management – An Irish Perspective

SERIES ARTICLE

IPMA Education and Training Series

Dr. Martina Ryan

Institute of Project Management Irelan

Dublin, Ireland


Introduction

The Institute of Project Management in Ireland is the IPMA® member association with responsibility for the administration of the IPMA® 4 level certification system. Approximately 3,500 IPMA® Certified Professionals are currently registered in Ireland and the numbers continue to grow strongly each year.

The Institute conducts an annual survey of practitioners who undertake training with the institute. The results of this survey are published through the institute’s website, http://www.projectmagement.ie/.

This paper presents the findings of the 2014 annual survey, specifically examining the responses in the context of the role of women in Project Management in Ireland.

Research Methodology

The Institute of Project Management Ireland delivers a range of Project Management education courses, including courses leading to IPMA certification, PM leadership, and topic specific courses (e.g. Finance for PMs, Lean PM, PMO essentials, etc.). Each participant is invited to complete a survey which covers topics such as education level achieved, current experiences of working within the discipline of Project Management, attitude to the importance of PM certification, compensation and work hours, satisfaction with job/career, and career progression prospects.

There were a total of 197 respondents to the 2014 survey. All responses returned have been included in the results presented in this paper.

The full results of the survey have been published as a series of blog articles on the institute’s website http://www.projectmanagement.ie/, and can be obtained on request from The Institute of Project Management Ireland.

This paper specifically analyses the data which is of particular interest from a gender perspective, and presents the results of the survey addressing the role of women in Project Management in Ireland.

Project Management – The Role of Women

Respondents to the Survey

Of the 197 respondents, 41% were women (Fig 1) and is consistent with the proportion of women who attended the courses. Results presented in the remainder of this survey report the % of respondents to each question by gender.

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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board or other IPMA leaders on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics. More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education.

 


 

About the Author                                                          

 

pmwj38-Sep2015-Ryan-PHOTODr. Martina Ryan, IPMA-B, PMP®

MRA Consulting Ltd.
Institute of Project Management
Dublin, Ireland

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Martina Ryan, B.Sc. Ph.D,
IPMA-b, PMP is the Managing Director of MRA Consulting Ltd., and a faculty member of The Institute of Project Management Ireland. She is a successful and dynamic transformational leader with more than 20 years industry experience in the areas of Project Management, Lean/6-Sigma and Quality Management as a practitioner, leader, instructor and mentor.

Working initially within the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and Ireland, her leadership roles included R&D, New Product Introduction/Product Transfers, Project Management and Quality/Continuous Improvement (Lean/6-Sigma Black Belt). In 2005, Martina founded MRA Consulting Ltd., a consultancy company dedicated to strategic and tactical change/project management activities is a variety of public and private organisations, including environmental, construction, pharma and service sectors.

As a faculty member of the Institute of Project Management Ireland, Martina contributes to the development and delivery of the training programmes offered by the Institute. Martina can be contacted at http://www.mra.ie/

 

International Project Management Conferences in Iran, 2005 – 2014: An Analytical Overview

 

SERIES ARTICLE

IPMA Education and Training Series

By Prof Ahad Nazari, PhD

Shahid Beheshti University

Tehran, Iran

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1.  Introduction
   

This paper attempts to answer three main questions:

These annual conferences take place in Tehran with the participation of about 1500 interested individuals in project management from academic institutions, scientists, consultancy firms, research and professional associations, and contracting firms.

The aim of this paper is to provide an analytical overview of ten years of International Project Management Conferences in Tehran (IPMC – www.iipmc.com, 2005-2014), which were organized by Areyana Industrial and Research group in association with the Iran Project Management Association (Iran PMA).

Conferences and seminars provide a place for communication and exchange of findings and ideas between relevant stakeholders including scientists, academics and experts. They provide a platform for constructive dialogue on recent trends and innovative approaches among policy-makers, academic community, representatives of the private sector and potential donors.

  1. By how much has the conference been successful in raising the real problems & issues of the projects?
  2. What percentage of the conference’s papers addressed new subjects in   project management?
  3. How many different industrial sectors have been covered by the conference?

By addressing these questions, it will be possible to evaluate the effectiveness of the conferences. Moreover, possible improvement approaches can be identified and proposed. Such findings could ultimately help the organizers of worldwide conferences and congresses such as the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

2.  Research methodology

In order to conduct explorative analysis on the presented papers and materials in the conferences, a subjective classification and clustering on the material of the papers has been implemented, using factor analysis approach.

From the circa 700 extracted key words, the main subjects of the papers were classified into four groups:

In the first instance, the terms/phrases which were used in the key words and titles of papers were identified, extracted and categorized.

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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board or other IPMA leaders on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics. More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education.

 



About the Author


pmwj37-Aug2015-Nazari-PHOTOProf Ahad Nazari, PhD

Tehran, Iran

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Ahad Nazari
(I.R.Iran), PhD from Leeds University- UK, is Assistant Professor in the Project and Construction Management Department, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti Univery, Tehran, Iran. He is scientific secretary and scientific board member of the International Project Management Conference, which takes place annually in Tehran, Iran.

Ahad is also a member of Iran PMA Board of directors. He is the author and translator of 5 books and more than 70 papers on the project management, risk management and value engineering subjects. In addition to the academic activities, he has more than 15 years of experience in the different industrial sectors such as oil and gas, energy and road and transportation.

Prof Nazari can be contacted at [email protected].