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26 July 2017 / 7:18

Trends and perspectives for international project management – report from event in Germany

During its meeting in July, ExBo offered to pm-forum-augsburg to perform a “meet & greet”. Therefore, an event with a title: Trends and perspectives for international project management was organized on 21st July, at the Universität Augsburg. This event was opened by Prof. Helmut Klausing,  President of the GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e. V.

Main topic of the event were the upcoming trends and perspectives on project management, presented by the leading authority world-wide.

Prof. Helmut Klausing started the event with presentation about the role of project management in the world of tomorrow (industry 4.0) and the responsibility of GPM. He explained that in Germany there is a term: ´Industry 4.0´, the so called fourth industrial revolution. This term was coined by a government initiative to promote the computerization of manufacturing. Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It combines production methods with state-of-the-art information and communications technology. Interestingly, with industry 4.0 companies can raise their productivity by up to 30 %. Prof. Klausing concluded that projects will be the future – especially with the Digital Revolution ahead.

Reinhard Wagner (IPMA President) spoke about the evolution of project management and IPMA´s role in shaping the future. As important trends in project management he mentioned:

  • Projectification of societies
  • Coping with complexity
  • Transnationalisation of project management
  • Virtualisation or project management
  • Professionalisation of project management
  • Learning and education Projects as business
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project management goes board room
  • Project-oriented organisation
  • Women in project management*

Reinhard concluded with the general overview of IPMA legacy and offers.

Prof. Dr. Mladen Radujkovic (Chairman of Council) spoke about current trends and developments in project management postgraduate education in the C&SE Europe. Martin Sedlmayer (Vice President Products and Services) had a presentation about the IPMA Global Standards and their role for managing projects, programmes and portfolios. Ivars Rungis (Vice President Projects) gave importance in his speech to the Generation Y and projects. Dr. Jesus Martinez Almela Martinez Almela (Vice President Membership, Education & Training and Young Crew) spoke about IPMA Ecosystem for Education and Training in the field of project, programme and portfolio management.

When presentation finished, a panel discussion was held on the topic of student preparation for the challenges of modern (next generation) project management? In this discussion lot of questions was raised on the topic of agile project management and PMO development.  After event there was a chance for the participants to talk and discuss about the role of the universities on the project management education and to be informed about their personal interests in their project management career.

*Source: Schoper, Yvonne-Gabriele; Gemünden, Hans-Georg: Future Trends in Project Management. In: pmAktuell, S. 6-16, 2014, ISSN 0942-1017

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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.