Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives


Report on the Sixth International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries

By Emils Pulmanis

PhD.cand., MSc.proj.mgmt

Riga, Latvia


The Sixth International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries was held during 27-28 April 2017 at the University of Latvia in Riga.  The theme of the conference was “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”.  Organizers of the event included the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia and the Professional Association of Project Managers, Latvia.

The aim of the conference was to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management, and to enhance the capacity of project managers.

The conference programme included opening plenary session, and 4 parallel streams of papers and presentations. All papers were reviewed by two reviewers and papers included in the conference proceedings were double blind reviewed. Detailed conference program you can find here.

Conference keynote speakers for 2017 were Dr. Michael J. Littman (USA), Dr. Csiszárik-Kocsir Ágnes and Dr.Varga János (Hungary) and M.S, PMP Raji Sivaraman (Singapore/USA).

The work of the conference was organized in the 4 parallel sessions:

1.Education, Social Aspects and Personnel in Project Management

Session chairs: Prof. Michael J. Littman, Prof. Andrejs Cekuls

2.New Directions in Project Management

Session chairs: Prof. Arvi Kuura, Prof. Signe Bāliņa

3.Project Risk Management

Session chairs: Prof. Wolfgang Tysak, Prof. Daina Šķiltere

4.Practical Project Management

Session chairs: Prof. Carsten Wolff, Prof. (emer.) Dr.Žaneta Ilmete


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About the Author

Emils Pulmanis

Riga, Latvia


Emils Pulmanis
is a member of the board of the Professional Association of Project Managers in Latvia and development project manager at State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia. He has gained a BSc. in engineer economics, a professional master’s degree in project management (MSc.proj.mgmt) and currently is a PhD candidate with a specialization in project management. He has elaborated and directed a number of domestic and foreign financial instruments co-financed projects. He was a National coordinator for a European Commission-funded program – the European Union’s financial instruments PHARE program in Latvia. Over the past seven years he has worked in the public administration project control and monitoring field. He was a financial instrument expert for the Ministry of Welfare and the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism implementation authority as well as an expert for the Swiss – Latvian cooperation program as a NGO grant scheme project evaluation expert. He has gained international and professional project management experience in Germany, the United States and Taiwan. In addition to his professional work, he is also a lecturer at the University of Latvia for the professional master study program in Project management. He has authored more than 45 scientific publications and is actively involved in social activities as a member of various NGO’s.

Emils can be contacted at [email protected]

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