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



IPMA Education and Training Series

By Prof Ahad Nazari, PhD

Shahid Beheshti University

Tehran, Iran


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



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].