Call for Short Papers for the 6th IPMA Research Conference



International project management research conference to be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during 2-3 September 2018

Reported by Jouko Vaskimo in Helskinki

3 January 2018 – Zurich, Switzerland – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has issued a call for papers for the next IPMA project management research conference.  With the theme of “Project Management and its impact on societies”, this important gathering of project management researchers and scholars will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during 2-3 September 2018.

The IPMA Research Conference was founded in 2013, and as a Think Tank it aims to bring researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners in project management together who share a common passion for their discipline. During the conference, they discuss and exchange research ideas and achievements on the topic of projects and its management. The distinctive feature of this small in size conference is the intense dialogue between practitioners and academics which can neither be found at scientific or professional conferences.

The annual international conference has been held in Germany, China, South Africa, Iceland and South Korea since its beginning and aims to bring together experts from all countries worldwide to increase the mutual understanding of the global challenges of project managers in diverse environments and industries. The special spirit of the IPMA Research Conferences can be particularly felt in the World Café sessions where the participants can gain new insights and perspectives for today´s challenges in project management.

2018 conference theme: “Project management and its impact on societies”

Modern project management was developed in the 1970s in industrial sectors like aerospace, aeronautics, defence and construction industry. From here the methods were taken over to industries like automotive, mechanical engineering, but also IT, insurances or banking. Today project management is applied in education, the health sector, sports, public administration and politics, but also in private life as professions like career planner show. The global trend of “Projectification” that comprises all areas of professional and private life is ubiquitous.

The scope of the 6th IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to develop an overview about the degree of projectification in the different national economies. Are there differences between the levels of projectification between developed, emerging and developing countries? Is the level of projectification higher in national economies that are based on the service sector or on the manufacturing industry? What are the key drivers for projectification? Does the economic cycle have an impact on the level of projectification of a national economy? And if this is the case, how does it work: as a leading indicator or as a lagging indicator?

A second aim of the IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to explore the consequences of the global trend of projectification on societies. In times of increasing automatisation and digitalisation of the standard line processes in organisations, more and more people work in projects to realize the strategies of executives, to create innovations and to further develop these ideas into new products and services, to develop marketing campaigns or to improve internal processes in organisations. Employment contracts are becoming increasingly limited to the duration of a project. This seems to give greater flexibility both to the employer and the employee. Long-term or even life-long employment will become an exception. But what does this projectification development mean for the individual, for the organisations and for the societies, for the social security systems like unemployment insurances or pension systems, for the planning of the private life and family planning, or for decision making processes e.g. for private mortgage lending? The IPMA Research Conference 2018 aims to pursue answers to these urgent questions.

Projectification leads to the fact that public projects like infrastructure projects become more transparent as the introduction of project management leads to transparent project governance structures in public administration. The approval and execution of major public projects like streets, public transportation, schools and universities, hospitals or high-speed data networks can lead to better way of value creation for a country for the sake of its citizens and a better life for everyone.

This call for short papers is meant to encourage a broad range of submissions. The authors are encouraged to reach beyond the usual boundaries of the project domain, and to embrace innovative approaches for further developing our understanding of project management.


The following subtopics and workshop streams are planned:

  • Status of projectification of societies
  • Consequence of the global projectification trend for individuals, organisations and societies
  • Public administration based on transparent project governance structures
  • National project maturity levels / index measurement
  • Value creation through projects/ project management for the society

Submission guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit proposals for short presentations of their work in progress, new ideas or recent results. We encourage submissions from all areas related to project management. Short papers should be of no more than 500 words by March 31, 2018. Authors of accepted short papers will be expected to provide a full paper by May 31, 2018 and to present their ideas in a presentation at the IPMA Research Conference.

  • Short outline of the content (500 words)
  • References
  • Biographical details of the author

Please submit a .pdf file of your short paper by March 31th 2018 to: [email protected].

For further information please contact: [email protected].

The 2018 IPMA Research Conference coordinators: Yvonne Schoper, Helgi Thor Ingason, Raphael Albergarias, Marcos Rego

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, IPMA is one of the world’s oldest project management professional organizations. IPMA is a federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. For more information about IPMA, visit www.ipma.world.

Source: IPMA