PMI® Research and Education Conference 2012

By Jouko Vaskimo

Helsinki, Finland

Project Management Institute Research and Education Conference 2012 took place in Limerick, Ireland, on July 16 – 18, 2012. The conference, a biennial event which was first held in Paris in 2000, took place at the University of Limerick, and was organized by the PMI Research and Education Conference 2012 Program Committee under the supervision of Dr Carla Messikomer, the Manager of Academic Resources at Project Management Institute.

The conference included plenary sessions, and five simultaneous parallel tracks with a total of over 70 papers, posters, symposia and discussion sessions. The conference was attended by over 250 participants from more than 35 countries, and by some of the most renowned speakers in the field of project management research and education. The three-day conference was organized for scholars and practitioners from universities and practice organizations to share the findings of their latest research, innovative teaching practices, and practical issues in the field of project management. In addition to the official program, the conference included a comprehensive social program of several receptions.

This was the first time the PMI Research and Education Conference took place on a university campus. The University of Limerick provided an excellent stage for the proceedings, which the participants found appropriately informal and collegial, encouraging active exchange. This was also the first time the conference was preceded by two day-long pre-conference events – a Doctoral Colloquium for PhD students, and a workshop for faculty on writing teaching cases based on empirical research or publicly available information.

Dr Messikomer was pleased to see both academics and practitioners among the participants. In her welcoming remarks she noted:


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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 .