Call for Papers: How to select the right project


PMWJ invites articles and papers on the project selection process – by individuals and organizations

20 March 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the issue of “How to select the right project.” Articles and papers that describe or discuss the project selection process for individuals to work on or organizations to fund are sought.

For organizations, both public and private, this may be the most important question affecting enterprise success. It is also the key issue in portfolio management, the selection and alignment of programs and projects with organizational strategy. The topic is also a challenge for P/PM governance. For individuals, it may involve the balancing of career opportunities with personal ethics.

Some examples of works for publication might include:

  • 150320-pmwj33-project-IMAGEFeatured Papers – new research results related to project selection and alignment in the portfolio or organizational context.
  • Advisory Articles – how to establish and implement project selection criteria; how to assess personal career opportunities
  • Personal Stories – How you or your organization selected one project over others; how organizational politics affected the project selection process
  • Case studies – stories about project portfolio management, project selection, overcoming politics or corruption during project financing, etc.
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about program, project and career choices and decision making
  • Student Papers – research papers on this subject developed for a graduate or undergraduate project management course or program
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that address this topic

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We have recently invited papers on the topics of project failure, project startup, and critical success factors for projects and programs. But how can projects succeed if they are wrong choices in the first place?

“I think this is an important topic for many governmental, public and non-profit organizations as well,” Pells adds. “For example, in the USA there have been many debates about government ‘pork’ projects being funding by various government agencies. Those are projects that benefit a particular constituency when they may not be as important or beneficial as other projects. Many such projects also get the green light due to corruption or incompetence. How does portfolio management work and how should projects be selected in the public sector?”

Researchers, practitioners and experts are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. Industry executives and managers are also invited to share their knowledge and experience. For author guidelines, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: we do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal. Works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider submitting an article or paper on this topic now or later to [email protected]