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8 October 2018 / 12:32

Trusting the future to overcome economic challenges!

by Jesus Martinez-Almela and Amin Saidoun

The present challenging economic situation which the strongest economy of the Middle-East is facing is characterized by a devaluation of 36 cents of the Turkish lira in 2018, with all the impact this has on Turkish’ people power of purchase. Yet this has not prevented the Turkish member association of IPMA (TPMA) to organize with the support of IPMA in the framework of its Training Aid Programme (TAP) an international workshop on the importance Human factors in Project Management in Antalya, 4-5.10.2018.

The event attended by 40 experts from the academic and business world who came from Croatia, France, Iran, Spain, Azerbaijan and from various parts of Turkey showed that even in difficult situations it is important to build trust in other people and underline the criticality of good project management. This, in turn, will shape our society in which “projectification” as IPMA President Jesus Martinez-Almela underlines is not only a trend but a reality in which humans factors play a critical role.

President Cetin Elmas of the Turkish Association for project Management lead by example in building bridges between Turkish and non-Turkish speaking attendees. He shared cultural elements on different project management methodologies and certification systems, underlining the uniqueness of IPMA competence-based approach to the profession. He pointed out that project Management requires more collaboration these days, but not everyone has the same level of knowledge or specialized skill in Project Management. In addition, project outputs are highly influenced by human characters such as motivation, emotions, rational thought, habits, and culture. However, with the advancement of artificial intelligence, new projects with different requirements and problems are coming onto the horizon at a rapid speed.

Professor Anita Ceric from the University of Zagreb (Croatia) underlined among other important subjects the asymmetry of trust among different countries and how trust is perceived by other countries. According to the well-known Edelman trust barometer, she mentioned that USA, Italy, and Brazil were the great losers regarding trust in the country whereas China, UAE and South Korean and Poland are the great winners in the period 2017-2018.

The international workshop was also the occasion to point that project management and human factors are also facing the generation gap as Vice-President Gholamreza Safakish from Iran remarked. It is important to trust our future generations in mastering the legacy of the past and facing the challenges of tomorrow with new mindsets, innovation, and different behaviors that older generations so far were used to.

Human factors in Project management impact charity organisations where PM competences are desperately needed as Rezwani and Khani from Iran underlined.
Managing teams in a multicultural context was another example given (remotely) by Amin Saidoun Executive Director of IPMA where human factors in project management were outlined from the perspective people, management systems and workplace.

Many more contributions were made on the second day from Turkish professors and representatives from the business sector. It clearly appeared that more project management exchanges are needed between theory and praxis. This increases the visibility of this cross-sectoral profession and the need for more PM competences and certified project managers in Turkey. Professor Cetin concluded the two days and announced: “one the main outcome of this workshop is that Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Gazi University, Duzce University, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University decided to start a graduate program based on IPMA Competence Baseline. Isn’t that the best testimony of trusting the future to overcome economic challenges!

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Amin Saidoun

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Amin Saidoun is Executive Director of International Project Management Association, an international federation of project management associations around the world. Amin Saidoun, is an economist and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a project manager who gained his 20 years of experience in international projects both in medium sized and multinational organisations in auditing, consulting and the logistics domain. As Executive Director of IPMA, he is in charge of the area Finance and Administration, Business Development of IPMA activities in Africa and the Middle-East and involved is various internal development projects and governance. He is author and co-author on various project management and business administration related articles. Among his areas of interest: intercultural project management

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