3rd IPMA Research Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa



By Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland



Mr Reinhard Wagner, International Project Management Association (IPMA) President and Chairman of the Conference, and Dr Mias de Klerk, Head of Research at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), opened the 3rd IPMA Research Conference at Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 25th November 2015. The theme of the first IPMA Research Conference to be organized in Africa was Project management in emerging economies – practice meets research. Mr MC Botha, Senior Lecturer Extraordinaire at the USB, performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies.

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Participants of the 3rd IPMA Research Conference (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

The conference comprised a system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by renowned experts in project management, presentations with research and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official conference program. The conference, co-hosted by University of Johannesburg, the Graduate School of Technology Management of University of Pretoria, and the University of Stellenbosch Business School took place at the Spier Estate on 25th … 26th November 2015, attracting 35 participants from 15 different countries.

The first IPMA Research Conference was organized by German Project Management Association (GPM) in November 2013 in Berlin, Germany, with the theme Theory meets practice in projects: 80 people from 22 countries attended this conference. The second IPMA Research Conference was organized by Business School of Nankai University, Tianjing, China, in December 2014 with the theme How to make the research meet the need of practice in PM. For further information, please navigate to www.ipma.world/research/ipma-research-conferences/ .

Mr Reinhard Wagner, IPMA President and Chairman of the Conference, delivered a keynote presentation titled Developing our society through projects and programmes – context, concepts and competences on the first conference day. Mr Wagner was very happy with the conference, and commented “IPMA is facilitating dialogues between various stakeholders in the world. During this Research Conference, we could start a great dialogue between researchers and practitioners from all around the world about how to support the development of emerging economies. The situation and needs of societies in Africa, Asia and Latin America are very different to those in the developed countries of the Northern hemisphere. We got great insights in what should be done to provide support through the application of a tailored project management approach. It was made clear during the conference by looking into the recently published standard IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (IPMA ICB®), that the focus should be on the people competences and the perspective competences, which means the “soft” side of project management and the management of the project´s context. We are continuing to support the emerging economies by facilitating dialogue between the various stakeholders.”


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About the Author   

pmwj36-Jul2015-Vaskimo-PHOTOJouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland



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 .

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