Third International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic Countries


Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives

Emils Pulmanis

Riga, Latvia

On April 10-11, 2014 in Riga, the capital of Latvia, we held the 3rd International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic countries; ”Project management Development – Practice and Perspectives”. This was the third year in a row that the Economics and Management faculty of the University of Latvia together with the Professional Association of Project Managers organized an international conference for project management, gathering professionals from numerous countries.

Project management has been developing rapidly over the last 30 years to become an important factor in business success. It opens new opportunities for businesses to increase their competitiveness in the market. Project management methods improve transparency, cash flow tracking, risk assessment and risk prevention planning, stakeholder analysis, and project implementation planning and supervision. This is a particularly important aspect for Latvia, since the coming years will bring many large scale projects both in railway reconstruction and big construction objects, such as the new concert hall, as well as various sizeable event organization, for instance Riga-2014 European Capital of Culture year in Riga.

Project management is currently one of the most topical forms of task organization. The necessity for its application is dictated by several factors. The most important among them are the ever increasing complexity of products and services, and market competition. The complexity of products and services causes higher requirements for interdisciplinary knowledge. The growing competition in markets forces businesses to economize their resources, outperform their competitors, and rapidly adapt their organizations to pursue their clients’ interests. In such conditions project management can offer new opportunities for businesses excel and grow.

An increasing amount of work and tasks are already performed as projects rather than routine work methods. In the future tasks will be more sizeable and respectively the demand will grow for qualified project managers that possess the knowledge and skills to succeed at their jobs today and tomorrow. Another result of this is more emphasis on the theoretical and practical questions of project management: how to initialize a project, how to assess it, choosing the most financially advantageous projects, and assessing project sustainability.


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About the Author

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Riga, Latvia

Emils Pulmanis is a member of the board of the Professional Association of Project Managers in Latvia and senior expert of the project implementation and control department, project control and monitoring division at the State Regional Development Agency 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 European Commission-funded program – the European Union’s financial instruments PHARE program project 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. In additon 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 25 scientific publications and is actively involved in social activities as member of various NGO’s. Emils can be contacted at [email protected].