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IRNOP XII conference in London, UK

 

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By Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

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IRNOP (The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects) XII conference was held in London, UK, on June 21-24, 2015. The conference, a biennial series started in Sweden in 1994, took place at the School of Construction and Project Management, a part of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, and was organized by Dr Andy Davies, Professor in the Management of Projects, and Dr Hedley Smyth, Director of Research. The conference theme was The Power of Projects. The Bartlett School of Construction provided an excellent venue for the event, which the participants found appropriately informal and collegial, encouraging active exchange and networking.

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University College London Roberts Building (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

The conference program included plenary sessions and several simultaneous parallel tracks with a total of over 80 keynote and paper presentations. The conference was attended by over 130 participants from more than 35 countries, and by some of the most renowned scholars in the field of project management research. The three-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 offered an excellent social program of several receptions, and a doctoral workshop for PhD students.

The conference was sponsored by Association for Project Management, Project Management Institute, and International Project Management Association.

In his opening presentation Professor Davies welcomed everyone sincerely to the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, and to University College London Bloomsbury Campus. Professor Davies pointed out that the theme of each IRNOP conference reflects the interests of the host institution, and that this conference is no different: The organizers selected The Power of Projects theme to emphasize the role of projects in the far-reaching transformation of London’s built environment such as the development of an entirely new urban area in the Olympic Park, Crossrail suburban rail system (largest megaproject in Europe) and The Shard (tallest building in Europe).

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About the Author

pmwj36-Jul2015-Vaskimo-PHOTOJouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

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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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