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Follow the Community Team at PMI EMEA Congress!

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Not able to make the trip to Berlin for this year’s PMI EMEA Congress? Don't worry! Once again we are inviting YOU, the community, to attend with us virtually!

You'll have the opportunity to experience congress right along with the attendees as the event unfolds in real time. Even if you aren't physically in Berlin, you can stay up to date on session highlights, networking experiences and all of the fun activities that are planned as part of the congress experience.

How? We'll have a team onsite covering all of the action and bringing it back to you via blog posts here on and through the use of social media. Our team will attend a wide variety of sessions, speak with presenters and attendees, explore the offerings from our sponsors and even share behind the scenes info and photos!

Let's meet the team!

Emily Luijbregts


Karthik Ramamurthy



Priya Patra


Kristin Jones




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Now that you know who we are, be sure to say hi if you see us in Berlin! Take selfies, share pictures and join in on the social fun. Also, if you're following from home, feel free to interact with any team member via social media to ask event-related questions. You just might get your answer!

Be sure to follow along with the PMI Global Insights blog and follow us on social media using the #PMIEMEA18 hashtag! You'll find posts across several platforms including live videos on PMI's Facebook page each day.

Not going to Berlin? We've got you covered!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: April 30, 2018 04:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Ask the Expert Returns to PMI Global Conference!

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Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2017 as part of the event's career series! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established expert.

Over the course of our annual three-day event, you'll have the opportunity to meet with experts from various industries representing a wide variety of areas of expertise to discuss all things project management. Learn more about our 2017 experts below and through their blog, PMI Global Insights.

Dave Maynard

Cheryl Lee

David Davis

Karen Chovan

Dan Furlong

Emily Luijbregts

Nic Jain

Gina Abudi

Larry Cooper

Unsure about what you can ask during an Ask the Expert session? Check out our FAQs to get a better idea of how to plan your conversation. Attending PMI Global Conference and ready to sign up? You can schedule your one-on-one session now and begin building your event experience!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: October 02, 2017 03:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Recognizing Excellence in Project Management Academia

Each year PMI recognizes leaders and community members by awarding the top individuals making a difference in the world of project management academia. This year, the 2017 PMI Academic Awards ceremony took place on 14 June at the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) Conference in Boston, MA, USA. Winners from around the globe attended to accept the 2017 PMI Research Achievement Award, Scholar-Practitioner Award, Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award, and the inaugural Teaching Excellence Award.

The PMI Research Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose work has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and practices of project management through a published body of academic research. Dr. Svetlana Cicmil, University of the West of England, Bristol, Dr. Damian Hodgson, The University of Manchester, Dr. Monica Lindgren and Dr. Johann Packendorff of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, received this year’s prestigious award for founding the Making Projects Critical (MPC) network and workshops. The four researchers have transformed MPC into an impactful movement of ongoing research that opens up project management and project-based organizations to critical examination. These scholars took a more social science-oriented perspective on PM than had been traditional in PM research groups, and their ideas and thoughts have been highly influential.

Svetlana Cicmil is Director of Doctoral Research in Business and Law at UWE, Bristol, where her professorship is in the studies of project-based work and management in a global context, informed by critical phenomenological approaches, phronesis and complexity thinking. Damian Hodgson is Chair of Organizational Analysis at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK and convenor of the Manchester Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (MP3) Research Network, and has published widely on critical project studies. Johann Packendorff and Monica Lindgren  are Professors of Industrial Economics and Management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Stockholm, Sweden. Their research interests include leadership, entrepreneurship and project management, often studied from perspectives such as gender, identity construction and social constructionism.

Dr. Svetlana Cicmil Dr. Damian Hodgson Dr. Monica Lindgren Dr. Johann Packendorff

The PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award recognizes individuals for excellence in the conduct or advancement of academic research and the adoption or adaptation of research into practice. This year’s winner, Dr. Raymond Levitt, Kumagai Professor of Engineering at Stanford University, has authored very influential articles and books on project management and is known for his simulation studies on projects building a formalized theory of projects teams. As a scholar, Dr. Levitt founded and direct Stanford’s Global Projects Center, which conducts research on financing, organization and governance of large, complex, global infrastructure projects. Dr. Levitt also founded and served as the Academic Director of the Stanford Advanced Project Management executive education program which taught more than 10,000 enrollees from multiple industry, government and nonprofit sectors. As a practitioner, Dr. Levitt founded and served on the boards of three companies: Design Power, Inc., that developed methods and tools to automate many kinds of semi-custom engineering design; Vité Corporation, that provided new insights about cost, schedule and quality risks for managers of fast-track, complex projects and programs; and RackWise, that automated the configuration and operation of large data centers.

Dr. Raymond Levitt

The Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award recognizes the best paper published in the Project Management Journal in the previous year. This year there were two winning papers, the first of which was “Floating in Space? On the Strangeness of Exploratory Projects” (April/May 2016) by Dr. Sylvain Lenfle of Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers in Paris and École Polytechnique. His winning paper presents a case of a “strange project” that did not fit in the standard model of project management in the space industry, and tries to bridge recent advances in design theory and project management to analyze the novel logic of these types of projects as well as demonstrating that project management can be a powerful structure in exploration processes. His research deals with the links between innovation and project management in various industrial settings and in historical projects, and currently focuses on the management of exploratory projects and the links between design theory and exploratory project management.

The second winning paper, “The Projectification of Everything: Projects as a Human Condition” (June/July 2016), was written by Dr. Anders Jensen (, Dr. Christian Thuesen, (Technical University of Denmark), and Dr. Joana Geraldi (Technical University of Denmark). Their article describes an alternative understanding of projects that goes beyond organizational practices. In their work projects are conceptualized as part of the human condition, suggesting that we are defined by the projects we work on. Dr. Jensen is an independent philosopher and script writer, and the author of seven books and numerous articles on metaphors, epidemics, and working life. Dr. Thuesen is associate professor in construction and project management at the Technical University of Denmark and has worked with projects for more than fifteen years as lecture, researcher, and consultant in various engineering settings, including construction and IT. Dr. Geraldi is associate professor in project organizing at the Technical University of Denmark and honorary senior research fellow at the University College London where she studies human behaviour in projects and behavioural understanding of organizing and its impact on organizations and society.

Dr. Sylvain Lenfle Dr. Anders Jensen Dr. Christian Thuesen Dr. Joana Geraldi

Dr. Vijay Kanabar, PMP, of Boston University received the inaugural PMI Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for excellence in teaching project management, and to their strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education. Over the years, Dr. Kanabar has designed, developed and delivered market leading project management courses and programs at the graduate level, both on-campus and online, has led PMP boot camps for hundreds of Boston University PM students, and was the chief faculty advisor of the current initiative by PMI to make available standard curriculum guidelines for teaching of PM programs at the undergraduate level. Dr. Vijay Kanabar is Director and founding professor of project Management programs at Boston University, Metropolitan College, and has authored five books and more than seventy-five research papers in the domains of computer information systems, project management, and higher education. 

Dr. Vijay Kanabar

Congratulations to the 2017 PMI Academic Award winners! The call for nominations for 2018 PMI Academic Awards will open on 1 November at


Posted by Kristin Jones on: August 07, 2017 10:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

It’s Time for Difference Makers

Categories: community events

Calling all Idea Generators!

Tell us below how you make a difference through project management by filling in the blank: I'm a _____.

It's no secret to our community that you, the project, program and portfolio professionals out there RIGHT NOW, are leading organizations to success. We know that you and your peers are continuing to influence change in a constantly evolving global environment. You are true project management difference makers making an impact day in and day out and we want to know how.

We're celebrating #DifferenceMakers at this year's PMI Global Conference, something that we talk about often here on Our time together in Chicago will be spent with thousands of project and program managers, chapter leaders and business professionals from around the world sharing knowledge, strengthening community and leading the evolution of the profession.

Here's how you can make an impact on the event today: We're planning an onsite activity in celebration of using project management to make a difference and we may use your response below at PMI Global Conference so take a moment and fill in the blank: I'm a ______.

Thinking about joining us in Chicago? Early-bird rates are available through 9 August! Find out more here:





Posted by Kristin Jones on: July 26, 2017 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)

June Community News You Can Use

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It's hard to believe, but the first half of 2017 is already behind us. As we look forward to the summer and the end of the year (gasp), let's take a look at things going on in the community and beyond that you'll want to be sure to check out.

Community Activity:

PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017: Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career. Join us on 14 June at 9am ET.

Share your knowledge: There are a number of great conversations going on RIGHT NOW in Project Management Central. Head over there, lend your expertise to help your colleagues through a problem and consider asking a question to get some advice on an issue you may be currently facing.

Watch a webinar: Several recent webinars were just uploaded our our extensive on demand webinar library. Sit back, relax, learn something new and earn some PDUs while you're at it.

Upcoming Live Events:

You have the opportunity to connect with your community in person at several live events throughout the year. Be sure to refer to our Events page regularly for information on upcoming project management events. Here are a few to consider as you plan for the remainder of 2017:

Mega SeminarsWorld®, 26-29 June - Orlando, FL, USA: It's not too late to register! Gain in-depth knowledge from PPPM experts in small group settings that you find at any SeminarsWorld program, plus the ability to earn additional PDUs outside the classroom and build your professional network through shared meals and receptions attended by more than 600 participants.

Project Management National Conference, India, 15-17 September - Guindy, Chennai, India: The conference provides a platform for Project Management Practitioners across industries, government, NGOs and academia, to exchange ideas on the challenges and opportunities in managing projects that will help translate a vision of India into reality.

PMI® Global Conference, 28-30 October - Chicago, IL, USA: It’s more than a meeting. PMI Global Conference is part of a week-long celebration, bringing together thousands of project and program managers, chapter leaders and business professionals from around the world to share knowledge, strengthen community and lead the evolution of the profession.

PMO Symposium® 2017, 5-8 November - Houston, TX, USA: Join the world’s top PMO executives, organizational leaders and senior decision makers in your quest for greater agility in anticipating and responding quickly and appropriately to disruptive forces, competitive pressures, increased demands for greater innovation and better business results.

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. See you around the community!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: June 09, 2017 04:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)