IPMA International Project Management Association
27 July 2015 / 7:06

25 years ago in Vienna – the World Congress of IPMA enters into a new stage

by Prof. Dr. Roland Gareis, winner of the IPMA Research Achievement Award 2014

The exchange of experiences in IPMA (formerly INTERNET) has a long tradition. The roots can be found in the 1960s, where the first two gatherings of INTERNET (INTERnational NETwork) happened in Vienna (1967)

The interest of those meetings was mainly concerned with the Network Planning, methods and techniques. This tradition continued in the 1970s and 80s (see figure 1) with about 150 experts from Europe. But the numbers of participants stagnated and the Glasgow event made clear, that there was a need of a much broader view on project management than network planning, methods and techniques to achieve the desired results.


Figure 1: First experience exchanges of IPMA (INTERNET)

The organisers of the 1990 event analysed the past events and thought to bring the format to a new stage. They organised the “Hofburg” in midst of Vienna [https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofburg] as event location, which was very attractive to the participants, an evening gala in the famous “Palais Liechtenstein” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadtpalais_Liechtenstein] with the Punk Band “Bomb Circles”, video installations at the museum entrance and a Viennese Ball at the “Wiener Rathaus” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathaus,_Vienna].


But the main attraction was the program theme. It was the start of the “Management by Projects” approach, which looked at project management from a more holistic point of view. As head of the organising committee I could  not only lever the world congress to a new stage, but also tried to contribute to the further development of the discipline.

More about the author here: http://ipma.ch/research/research-awards/achievement-winners/



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Sandra Misic

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Sandra currently works as Assistant to the IPMA President and Executive Director. Since joining IPMA in 2012, Sandra worked in FMCG sector for Procter&Gamble. She holds Master in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. After graduation she continued at the same University the doctoral programme in Business Economics. Her particular research interest is behavioral economics.