Report from Melbourne

IRNOP XIV conference in Melbourne, Australia



By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland


IRNOP (International Research Network on Organizing by Projects) XIV
conference was held in Melbourne, Australia on December 9 … 12, 2018. The conference, a biennial series started in Sweden in 1994, took place at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University Swanston Academic Building, and was organized by Professor Dr Derek Walker. The conference theme was A skilled hand and cultivated mind. RMIT University provided an excellent venue for the event, which the participants found appropriately informal and collegial, encouraging active exchange and networking. Please navigate to www.irnop2018.org for further information, including the papers and posters presented at the conference.

RMIT University Swanston Academic Building (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

The conference program included plenary sessions with state-of-the-art keynotes, and several parallel tracks with a total of over 80 keynote and paper presentations. The conference was attended by over 120 participants from more than 30 countries, and by some of the most renowned scholars in the field of project management. The 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 a social program of dinners and receptions, and a doctoral workshop for PhD students.

The conference was sponsored by Project Management Institute (PMI), International Project Management Association (IPMA) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University.

The conference participants were warmly welcomed by Professor Dr Ron Wakefield, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, International and Dean of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. In his welcome, Professor Wakefield stated that the RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the University stands, and that the University respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.

The conference was opened by Professor Dr Derek Walker, who was very happy to welcome the conference participants to Melbourne, and to the RMIT University. Professor Walker was pleased to see such a group of internationally renowned project management scholars and researchers at the RMIT, and to become a member of the league of leading project management researchers who have organized the leading global conference on the subject.

Professor Dr Walker opening the conference

Subsequent to the four-day event Professor Walker was very happy with the way that the conference progressed.  He thanked the participants, the presenters, the keynote speakers, and the RMIT University organizing committee – especially the volunteers who made the conference possible. He concluded: “This has been an excellent opportunity to host IRNOP 2018 and to have so many friends and colleagues attending the conference and to benefit from their insights and knowledge.” Professor Walker can be contacted at [email protected] .


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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2019). IRNOP XIV conference in Melbourne, Australia, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue I (January).  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pmwj78-Jan2019-Vaskimo-IRNOP-XIV-Melbourne-2018-report.pdf


About the Author

Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland





Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

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