IRNOP XI conference in Oslo, Norway


 By Jouko Vaskimo

Helsinki, Finland


IRNOP (The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects) XI conference took place in Oslo, Norway, on June 17 … 19, 2013. The conference, a biennial series started in Sweden in 1994, took place at BI Norwegian Business School, and was organized by the Project Management Group under the supervision of Professor Jonas Söderlund and Professor Ralf Müller. The conference theme was Innovative approaches in project management research. BI Norwegian Business School provided an excellent venue for the event, which the participants found appropriately informal and collegial, encouraging active exchange and networking.


BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

The conference included plenary sessions and four simultaneous parallel tracks with a total of over 80 paper presentations. The conference was attended by over 150 participants from more than 35 countries, and by some of the most renowned scholars in the field of project management research. The two-day conference was organized for faculty and students from universities from all over the world having an interest in projects, temporary organizations, project organizing and project-based organizations. In addition to the official program, the conference included a comprehensive social program of several receptions, and a Doctoral Student Day for PhD students.

In his opening presentation Professor Söderlund welcomed everyone sincerely to BI Norwegian Business School for the conference. Comparing the preparation for ski jumping to organizing the IRNOP conference, he thanked everyone involved in preparing for and making this conference happen. Subsequent to the two-day event Professor Söderlund was very happy, and commented: ”It was so wonderful to see so many good scholars in Oslo for the IRNOP conference. This was another important step for the future of project management.” Professor Söderlund can be contacted at [email protected] .


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About the Author

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Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager in charge of project management training portfolio 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 .