First IPMA Research Conference to be in Berlin during 26-28 November 2013


12 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 announced the 1st IPMA Research Conference will be in Berlin, Germany during 26-28 November 2013.  Conference venue will be Palisa Germany, Palisadenstrasse 48, 10243 Berlin. The theme of the conference is “Theory Meets Practice in Projects.”

130812-pmwj14-1st-ipma-research-imageGPM and SPM have been hosting an annual research conference since 2008. In 2013, this year’s research conference will be the first co-organized by GPM, SPM and IPMA to be the first official research conference for IPMA. (Photo: World famous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin)

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.

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of between 50 and 100 researchers, practitioners and other PM experts for a mutually beneficial dialogue. Topics covered in previous years are for example “PM Standards 2020”, “Projects as Strategy – Strategy as Projects” and “Organisational Competence in Project Management”. Since 2011, the research conference has been dedicated to the topic “Theories of Project Work” elaborating on the challenging question on how to better use theories in organizing by projects and in project management practice.

According to Reinhard Wagner, GPM President and IPMA Vice President for Research, “We are especially inviting professors and PhD students working and researching on topics related to program and project management, as well as executives directing project management activities at large enterprises. Attendance will be limited to around 70.”

For more information or to receive a personal invitation, contact the organizers [email protected]. Registration is open until 31 October 2013.

Potential participants are also invited to discuss the event with organizers during the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia in early October.  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