Call for Papers Continues for Special issue of International Journal on Managing Projects in Business on subject of Project Management Maturity

The International Journal on Management Projects in Business has issued a Call for Papers of a special issue on the topic of “Project management maturity”.  Editors of this special edition, to be published in 2013, are Dr. Beverly Pasian, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Dr. Nigel L. Williams, University of Bedfordshire.  Both are active members of the project management community with leadership roles in IPMA, PMI and the upcoming IPMA Delta Baseline project.

Core idea – The last 15 years has seen much debate concerning definitions of project management maturity and use of various associated models. Despite this activity, a universal definition does not exist, and more than a dozen maturity models are in use by organizations across industry. The time has come to revisit and challenge the underlying theory and assumptions concerning Project Management maturity. The editors are interested in original research articles and case studies by researchers and practitioners in this area. Certain themes of special interest are:

• Barriers and enablers to Maturity model adoption in firms
• Application of maturity models in specific industry, country or organizational settings
• Development of new measures of maturity

These areas are meant to be indicative, not exhaustive and contributors are encouraged to propose topics that can expand understanding of the field.

Process – A four-step process will be used: 1) potential contributors should send a brief abstract describing the project management maturity issue they want to focus on. Ideas can range from theoretical issues to more practical questions concern maturity assessments to debates over the merits of maturity model adoption (but we are certainly open to others). 2) The editors will let the ones selected know that they are invited to proceed to the next stage 3) Submission of full paper. 4) A round of review will follow and necessary revisions done before final submission of the paper. More instructions will follow for those that pass the first selection gate.

Dr. Beverly L. Pasian is an Associate Professor at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands). She is a specialist in the management of e-Learning projects and used her doctoral work to document their unique management practices to extend the theory and practical implications of project management maturity (and associated models). In addition to being a successful author and editor (‘Plan to learn: case studies in e-Learning project management’), she is the founding President of the Project Management Association of Canada and a member of the IPMA Delta Baseline project. Upcoming projects include the first book on research methods in project management (www.gowerpublishing.com/pmresearchmethods).

Dr Nigel L. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Business Systems Department at the University of Bedfordshire and is currently the Council Lead for the Organizational Project Management of Practice of PMI. Before joining the University, Nigel worked for 15 years as a Project Manager and Business Consultant for manufacturing organizations in the Caribbean Region.  Nigel holds a BSc  in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Marketing  from the University of the West Indies and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. A member of the Project Management Institute, he holds the Project Management Professional qualification. He also holds the Prince 2 qualification.

Submission details

Submission of abstracts due: January 11, 2013 (around 200 words)
Submission of full paper: August 30, 2013 (4 000 – 6 000 words)
Send the abstract to: [email protected] or [email protected]

The special issue will follow the formatting guidelines of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald).

The International Journal on Managing Projects in Business (IJMPiB) publishes original, in-depth articles on the latest developments in project management, with a distinct focus on business.  The journal aims to provide the broader community of managers of projects with cutting edge research and practice in the management of projects across as wide a basis as possible.  The IJMPiB is published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, UK; more information can be found at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijmpb.