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4 November 2015 / 8:45

50 years of IPMA in a book – Building bridges worldwide

This year IPMA celebrated its 50th Anniversary. During the 29th IPMA World Congress at Panama we had the opportunity to commemorate this important date with delegates from all around the world – nowadays IPMA reaches out to the profession through its Member Associations in more than 60 countries.

Who could imagine this great success in 1964, when Pierre Koch (France), Dick Vullinghs (The Netherlands) and Roland Gutsch (Germany) gathered and discussed to form an INTERnational NETwork (INTERNET) for an exchange of network plannung techniques. In 1965, the same group of people decided to start an association called the International Management Systems Association (IMSA), which was in 1967 renamed to INTERNET. But as the communication technology developed, the name „INTERNET“ was used by the spreading IT-Net, and the association needed another name. In 1996, the Executive Board decided to change the name into nowadays well-known IPMA.

Through this LINK you can download the 50th Anniversary Book of IPMA. It is a celebration of fifty years of IPMA, of project management development, of a professional community. It is also a great foundation for many more years of going on journeys, travelling and searching for success.

So if you have only just heard of IPMA or you are a member of the family for many years you will find this book interesting, entertaining, informative and encouraging. You can use it as a reference book to find information from time to time about IPMA and the global range of friendly national bodies. You can use it to induct potential or new members of the family or customers for the ever-growing goods, products and services.

These messages of the book convey the spirit of IPMA, the achievements access fifty years and at the present, and confirm the strong foundations of IPMA going forward. They also suggest some celebrating. Now, you all 50th Anniversary book represents multicultural volume where you can find more about IPMA history, products and services and success stories that are the crown of our standards. Each member association of IPMA is represented with its own story, pecularities and colourful pictures. And, with each new member association IPMA is building bridges worldwide to achieve its vision promoting competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succed.

This book was a project, a successfully performed project, in time, budget and in a quality that exceeds the expectations of many stakeholders. Thanks to all contributors and the project manager, Sandra Misic!

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Dr. Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 35 years in the field of project-related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Automotive, Engineering, and Consultancy, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH, a leading PM Consultancy in Munich/Germany, he supports executives of industrial clients in transforming their companies towards a project-oriented, adaptive and sustainably successful organization. He has published more than 40 books as well as several hundred articles and blog posts in the field of project management. In more than 20 years of voluntary engagement he served the German Project Management Association (GPM) as well as the IPMA in various roles and was granted for his international commitment with the Honorary Fellowship of IPMA and several of its member associations. He received his doctorate in the field of projectification of society and continues to be active in it through his research and lectures.

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