IPMA International Project Management Association
14 April 2015 / 5:52

Project Management in Emerging Economies – theme of IPMA´s third Research Conference

IPMA Research Conferences aim to bring together researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners in order to discuss and exchange research achievement and ideas on how to better link research and practice. The first IPMA Research Conference was conducted 2013 in Berlin, the topic “Theory meets Practice in Projects”. About 80 people from 22 countries attended this conference and performed an intensive dialogue between theory and practice which can neither be found at scientific nor at professional conferences. Practitioners were encouraged to share their experiences in practice together with requirements to researchers, who shared their knowledge of theoretical foundations for managing projects in various contexts. The format continued in Tianjin at the Nankai University last year. During that conference with  the theme “How to make the Research Meet the Need of Practice”, the participants got deep insights in the Eastern philosophy, the differences in Eastern and Western thinking and management practices and how this is applied in real projects.

The 3rd IPMA Research Conference will take place on the 25th and 26th of November 2015 at SPIER Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa. It will be Co-hosted by University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria and University of Stellenbosch Business School. The main theme is “Project Management in Emerging Economies”. The theme addresses the increasing demand of management approaches for projects, programs and portfolios in emerging economies, including but not limited to Africa, Asia and Latin America. What is the situation regarding project management in such economies? Which management approaches are needed and how are they provided by the profession? What are insights from research in this regard? How can these economies learn from each other and from already mature economies? Which exchange platforms are available and how could they made available for economies without access? These only a few questions of interest, more to come through a CfP Call for Papers.

You are kindly invited to send your submission to [email protected] and contribute to the Research Conference in South Africa! The deadline for submission of a full-length competitive papers is May 29, reviewer´s feedback is due June 26 and the final submission of accepted and corrected papers is expected to be in July 31, 2015. The conference is free of charge, participants need to cover their own expenses, e.g. travel and accomodation. More information is available on our website.


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Reinhard Wagner

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Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 30 years in the field of project- related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Air Defense, Automotive Engineering, and Machinery, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A), he has proven experience in managing projects, programmes and project portfolios in complex and dynamic contexts. He is also an IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant, and as such supports senior executives in developing and improving their organizational competence in managing projects. For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, for example as Convenor of the ISO 21500 “Guidance on Project Management” and the ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”. Reinhard Wagner is Past President of IPMA and Chairman of the Council, Honorary Chairman of GPM (the German Project Management Association), as well as Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH.