Call for Papers for 1st IPMA Research Conference in Berlin during 26-28 November 2013


14 August 2013 – Nuremberg, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland – The German Project Management Association (GPM), the Swiss Project Management Association (SPM) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have issued a Call for Papers for the 1st IPMA Research Conference being held in Berlin, Germany during 26-28 November 2013.  Conference venue will be the Palisa.de Conference Centre, Palisadenstr. 48, 10243 Berlin. The theme of the conference is “Theory Meets Practice in Projects.”

130814-pmwj14-CallForPapers imageThis research conference will be the first co-organized by GPM, SPM and IPMA and will be the first official research conference for IPMA.  As a result of this year’s conference a special book will be prepared of “Theory Meets Practice in Projects.”

This Call for Papers seeks papers in that regard.  Researchers and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract before 1 October 2013 of up to 1.000 words for a paper to be included in the book to [email protected], or to request more information. For more information about the conference or to receive a personal invitation, please contact [email protected]. Registration is open until 31 October 2013.

This year´s research conference will gather a broad spectrum of international researchers, practitioners and PM experts to start a dialogue on “theory meets practice in projects”. The distinctive feature of the conference is a dialogue between theory and practice which can neither be found at scientific conferences nor at professional conferences. Practitioners are encouraged to share their experiences in project practice and requirements to researchers, who will share their knowledge of theoretical foundations in managing projects in various contexts. 

Researchers can identify the needs and requirements of practitioners, deduce new research initiatives from these insights and network with international colleagues. Practitioners and PM experts can gain up-to-date insights in PM related research, adopting it to their projects and get connected to an international research audience. IPMA is thus bridging “theory and practice” in the field of project management.

The discipline of project management has developed a comprehensive set of tools, standards and techniques for supporting project practice. The application of these tools has led to a professionalization of project management and to significant improvements in project work. However, most of the tools and standards originate in the (implicit) knowledge of experienced project managers and do not build on a sound theoretical basis. As projects are increasingly used in almost every industry and project and their environment becomes more complex, the selection of the appropriate approaches or tools for solving the problems at hand becomes more difficult. A theoretical foundation is needed that explains the specificities of project work as opposed to work in permanent organizations, and the interplay between projects and a complex and dynamic environment.

This conference is expected to bring together an interdisciplinary group of between 50 and 100 researchers, practitioners and other PM experts for a mutually beneficial dialogue.

According to Reinhard Wagner, GPM Chairman of the Board and IPMA Vice President for Research, “We are primarily seeking serious academic researchers and graduate students to participate in the conference, but will also welcome project and program executives.  The abstracts and papers however should be the results of serious research on the merging of theory and practice.”

Potential participants are invited to discuss the event with organizers during the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Visit the 2013 congress website at http://www.ipma2013.hr/.

The German Project Management Association (GPM) is the German national member association in IPMA, representing several thousand project management experts, professionals, practitioners and organizations across Germany.  For more information, visit http://www.gpm-ipma.de/.


The Swiss Project Management Association (SPM), based in Zurich, represents the German-speaking project management academic and professional community in Switzerland as a Swiss national member association in IPMA.  For more information, visit http://www.spm.ch/.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic. For more information visit www.ipma.ch

Source: GPM