Research Achievement Winners

This IPMA Research Achievement Award is managed in partnership with the IPMA Research Board. On this page we celebrate the winners, from 2007-2016!

IPMA Research Achievement Award 2016
Prof. Dr. Dr. Christophe BredilletChristophe Bredillet (2)

Professor Dr. Dr. Christophe N. Bredillet, PhD, IPMA Level A, FAPM, is professor of organizational project management at the Management Department, School of Business Administration, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He is Director of the DBA program and Director of the joint committee for the masters’ in project management programs network, including five universities under the umbrella of Université du Québec. He is Vice-President and Scientific Director of the Société française pour l¹avancement du Management de Projet (SMAP) and adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology’ (QUT) Project Management Academy.

From 2012 to 2015, he was the Director of the QUT Project Management Academy. Before joining QUT, he was Senior Consultant World Bank and, from 1992 to 2010, he was the Dean of Postgraduate Programs and Professor of Strategic Management and P3M at ESC Lille where he founded and developed the very successful masters, MBA and PhD programs in Strategy and Project, Program & Portfolio Management (P3M), leading these programs to be the first, and the fourth worldwide, to accredited outside North America by The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) in 2005. He also created at ESC Lille the first « International Project & Programme Management Week (IPPMW) » in 2001. This friendly research and thought-leadership event was accredited as part of the « European Doctoral Education Network (EDEN) » in 2008 by the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). The IPPMW welcomed number of Young Crews over the years. To date, he has been principal supervisor of 36 doctoral students.

Professor Bredillet’s main interests and research activities are in the field of Philosophy of Science and Practice in P3M, including dynamic of evolution of the field, bodies of knowledge, standards, and their link with capability development, capacity building, governance and performance. These research interests are reflected in five interconnected dimensions of his work: 1) Understanding the nature of the P3M field, schools of thoughts and its dynamic of evolution; 2) Learning and acting, capacity building and organizing in complex and uncertain P3M situations; 3) Relation(s) project management deployment, cultural factors and socio-economic development; 4) Work motivation in P3M and temporary organizations settings; 5) Philosophy of Science, Practice and Ethics in P3M. He has published more than one hundred articles in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and research/advanced practice books.

Besides these activities, Professor Bredillet has been continuously involved with IPMA since the beginning of the 90s, as well as with other PM professional bodies, contributing to standards development, certifications & award assessment, research activities, conferences, and the early development stage of IPMA Young Crews. He was Editor-in-Chief of Project Management Journal® between 2004 and 2012, leading the journal to be covered by the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Web of Science. In 2012, he received the prestigious Manfred Saynish Foundation for Project Management (MSPM) – Project Management Innovation Award for his contribution to a philosophy of science with respect to complex project management. 

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Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Gemünden

Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Gemünden has built up project management in research and education in academia in Germany and has for 15 years served as a professor for innovation and technology management at TU Berlin. Earlier in his career he held academic positions in Karlsruhe, Kiel and Saarbrücken. His research in project management includes such areas as success factors of single projects, success factors of highly innovative projects, success factors of multi-team projects, and multi-project management.

In his career in Germany Prof. Gemünden has educated thousands of well-known project managers and he has been the supervisor of many award winning bachelor, master and PhD students. He has supervised 68 PhDs and 32 of those PhD projects were on project management.

He has published numerous papers on project management, many of them received best paper awards. He is the editor of the multi-project management study in Germany, a panel study that has been going on since year 2000. Since 2013 he is the chief editor of PMJ.

Prof. Gemünden now has retired from TU Berlin at the age of 66 years to become a professor of project management at BI in Oslo.

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IPMA Research Achievement Award 2014Roland Gareis
Prof. Dr. Roland Gareis

Roland Gareis was professor and head of the PROJEKTMANAGEMENT GROUP at WU University of Economics and Business Vienna until 2013. He also directed the „Professional MBA in Project & Process Management“of the WU Vienna in Austria and in Romania,. He has developed the management method “Management by Projects” and is author of different publications, such as the books “Happy Projects!” and “Processes & Projects”. He was a Visiting Professor at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He was the chairman of the Austrian Project Management Association (pma) and organized the IPMA world congress on „Management by Projects“. He is the former research director of the IPMA.

In 2013 the book “Project Management & Sustainable development Principles”, which he co-authored was published by the Project Management Institute. These days he develops the perspective ONEmanagement, which integrates strategic, process, project and change management. He also contributes to an EU financed project with the objective to develop a program management curriculum for Romanian universities.

Roland is managing director of the RGC Roland Gareis Consulting GmbH and consults national and international companies on the topic process, project, and change management as well as business analysis.

Video message from prof. Roland Gareis is available here.


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Dr. Aaron Shenhar

The IPMA Research Achievement Award 2013 goes to Dr. Aaron Shenhar, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in project management, innovation, and execution leadership. He is also the holder of five academic degrees in engineering and management, including a PhD from Stanford University. After a career as executive in the defense industry, Dr. Shenhar served as tenured professor, founding new academic programs in several universities, including the project management programs at Stevens and Rutgers University. He is one of the most published and cited authors in project management, and his work has influenced project and technology management research and education throughout the world. He served as consultant to major corporations such as 3M, Intel, NASA, Honeywell, Dow Jones & Co., U.S. Army, and Tata Group. He is co-author of the recent book, Reinventing Project Management, published by Harvard Business School Press. The book was selected among the top five best business books of year, and is the only Harvard-published book in project management. Dr. Shenhar is currently the CEO of The SPLWIN Group, which is dedicated to aligning projects and business.


IPMA Research Achievement Award 2012
Prof Rodney Turner

The IPMA Research Achievement Award 2012 went to Prof. J. Rodney Turner, SKEMA Business School, France, and former president of IPMA for his contributions to the advancement of the Project Management field and further development of the profession. Professor Rodney Turner is well known as the editor of the International Journal of Project Management. His especial achievement in this respect is that he was able to get the journal ranked in the Thompson ISI Index, with a score higher than 1.5. Which shows the journal’s international prominence. By that he contributes to the advancement of Project Management as a research field and to its recognition in academia.

Rodney Turner has a very close relation to IPMA, of which he was president (1999 – 2000) and Chairman (2001 – 2002). In addition in the APM he has held numerous positions by which he has contributed to the further development of project management nationally as well as internationally. He was one of the first academics who moved from the single project perspective into the more strategic perspective of the project-based organisation.

The book Turner, J.R., 2009. The Handbook of Project-Based Management, is now in its 3rd edition, with McGraw-Hill, New York. His current interests include project-oriented leadership, project governance, ethics and trust, the management of projects in small to medium-sized enterprises and the management of complex projects. Rodney is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK’s Association of Project Management, and former President and Chairman of the International Project Management Association. Rodney Turner is managing consultant at EuroProjex Ltd and Scientific Adviser to the PhD in Project and Programme Management at SKEMA Business School, in Lille France. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and the Kemmy Business School, Limerick and Drexel University Philadelphia, and Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School. .


IPMA Research Achievement Award 2011
Professor Lynn Crawford

Lynn Crawford is Professor of Project Management at Bond University, Australia and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management in the UK. She is a Director of Human Systems International Limited which facilitates a global network or member organizations, assisting them in assessing, benchmarking and improving their corporate project management capability.

With a background as architect, project manager, regional planner and policy adviser working with professional firms, developers and Government, Lynn also spent a number of years as Managing Director of a retail, wholesale and manufacturing business. She maintains active involvement in project management practice, education, and research at a global level.

Ongoing research includes project and program management competence, management of business change and differences in project management practices across project types and industries. Lynn provided the Australian contribution to an internationally conducted project on The Value of Project Management, focusing on governance. Results of other completed research projects have been published, as Project Categorization Systems: Aligning Capability with Strategy for Better Results, Situational sponsorship of projects and programs: an empirical review; and Exploring the Complexity of Projects: Implications of Complexity Theory for Project Management Practice.

In the mid-1990s she won an Australian Research Council grant to study Development Assessment of Project Management Competence. This was one of the first and most significant government research grants awarded for research in project management. A subsequent Australian Research Council funded project conducted in partnership with the NSW Police Service, titled Soft Systems for Soft Project, applied systems thinking and soft systems methodology to a major organizational change project.

Lynn has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and conference papers, as well as chapters in books such as The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects, the Global Project Management Handbook, and the Gower Handbook of Project Management.

Building on her own research into project management competence, and involvement in early development of the Australian National Competency Standards for Project Management and as a member of the PMI Standards Committee in the 1990s, Lynn has taken a leading role in development of global standards for project management. She was invited by the IPMA, in 1999, to lead a Global Working Party on Standards. This work evolved into the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) which provides an independent reference benchmark for alignment and mutual recognition of project and program management standards and qualifications.

Professor Crawford is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, Program Chair for the 2011 IPMA World Congress and a member of the board of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center.


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Professor Rolf A. Lundin

Rolf A. Lundin is Professor of Business Administration at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. He received his Ph D at the University of Chicago in what is now the Booth School of Business focusing on Management Science. Since then he has been interested in Public Management and general Organization Theory. During the last 20 years or so he has mostly specialized into research on projects and temporary organizations. Currently he is working on TV and TV production through the Media Management and Transformation Centre at the business school in Jönköping.

As founding dean of Umeå Business School in Northern Sweden and as a headhunted dean for Jönköping International Business School (for several years), he has also considerable amount of experience with project management from a practical point of view. Outcomes were successful and at times not so successful. As a dean you should be able to develop and deliver projects and programs so that practical experience has been of high importance for inspiration and as a learning experience. His research has primarily focused on a temporary organization version of research and on what has been called a Scandinavian research tradition of project research. In particular, he has focused on theory development in the field fetching inspiration from the practice side of projects. Working with and through the practical world out there has always been very important for him.

His work has been published extensively, mostly in terms of research reports and articles but also books. One example of theorizing in the field is a well cited article published in the Scandinavian Journal of Management (for which Lundin once was the founding editor) in 1995: “A Theory of the Temporary Organization” (together with Anders Söderholm). Another publication is a book about projectification and effects: Neo-Industrial Organizing – Action, Knowledge Formation and Renewal in a Project-Intensive Economy, (three coauthors), Routledge, 1999. He prefers to work with and through other people rather than occupying an ivory tower position. He has had the main responsibility for some 50+ PhD students of which most nowadays have been appointed full professors. All of them are not into project research but all have contributed in one way or the other to that field.

Professor Lundin is and has been a member of several associations and societies. One of the most relevant in the context of project management is the Swedish Academy of Projects, which is an academy formed some 20 years ago consisting of some 30 members, one third of which are managers practicing projects, one third consultants in the project management area and one third academics who share a research interest in projects. The academy functions internally as an idea exchange and externally it works for raising interest in the project field. Every year the project manager of the year is appointed – a symbolic act which raises the general attention to project work.

Lundin is passionate about fly fishing and there is one particular story he tends to tell with reference to project management. Once he gave a keynote at a project research conference in Christchurch (New Zealand) at which he happened to mention to his fly fishing addiction. One of the questions asked after the speech was from professor David I. Cleland who said: “Your fly fishing – do you plan that as a project?” The answer was: “No, fly fishing is much more important than that!”


IPMA Research Achievement Award 2009
Professor Peter W.G. Morris

Peter Morris is Professor of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL). He is also Executive Director of INDECO, a consultancy in the management of projects.

His research has largely been on the competencies required to develop and deliver projects and programs successfully. His research underpins the structure of the APM Body of Knowledge and he was a principal author of the 1st and 4th editions. He was also a co-author of the original IPMA International Competency Baseline document. He is the leading proponent of ‘the management of projects’ perspective – see The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects (Wiley, 2005); The Management of Projects (Thomas Telford, 1994) and The Anatomy of Major Projects (John Wiley & Sons, 1987).

He also works on the linkage between corporate and project strategy (Translating Corporate Strategy into Project Strategy (PMI, 2004) and on project-based learning. He is currently researching how longer term conditions in the built environment are requiring changed management approaches. He has a special interest in the history of project management. In addition to his five books, he is the author of over 110 papers. He is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook on Project Management (OUP, 2010).

At UCL he heads a Department of 20 faculty and 220 students. In the recent (2008) UK Government Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked best of all construction management departments for the quality of its research.

Dr. Morris has consulted widely. Clients include AstraZeneca, BA, BG, BP, BNFL, Camelot, Ericsson, FKI, Fujitsu, GSK, Hamworthy, Land Securities, Lloyds TSB, Magnox, National Australia Bank, Pfizer, PowerGen, Premier Oil, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Skanska, Spirent and Unilever among others.

He is currently a Vice President and was previously Chairman of the Association for Project Management (APM). He was also Deputy Chairman of International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is an (Honorary) Fellow of the Association for Project Management, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was the recipient of the Project Management Institute’s 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA’s 2009 Research Award, and APM’s 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Life Time Achievement Award.