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Project Management Scholars Receive 2018 PMI Academic Awards

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Professor Avraham Shtub of Technion Israel Institute of Technology receives the 2018 PMI Teaching Excellence Award from PMI Academic Programs Manager Heather Ramsey at a presentation at the EURAM Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 21 June.

Dr. Mark Keil of Georgia State University with PMI Academic Programs Manager Heather Ramsey. Dr. Keil received the 2018 PMI Research Achievement Award at a presentation at the EURAM Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 21 June.

On 21 June, three members of the project management academic community were honored for their contributions to education and research. These international scholars and teachers accepted PMI Academic Awards during a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the 2018 EURAM Conference at the University of Iceland.

The PMI Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and honors an individual faculty member for excellence in teaching project management, and for their strong commitment to improving and enhancing project management curricula in higher education. The 2018 Teaching Excellence Award recipient is Professor Avraham Shtub, PhD, PMP, Head of the Project Management Research Center, and Stephen and Sharon Seiden Professor of Project Management at Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Prof. Shtub teaches project management, integrating traditional lectures and textbooks with advanced methodologies at several leading universities around the world. He has also developed a new curriculum for teaching project management; it is based on the flipped classroom approach and simulation-based training, and uses the award-winning Project Team Builder, a project management training simulator that Prof. Shtub and his team developed. He has tested this new curriculum in a controlled study with positive results, and recently published a book on this engaging new approach.

Professor Ofer Zwaikel, PhD, PMP, who nominated Prof. Shtub for the award, praised him for his engaging style, use of rich content, and sharing of anecdotes and observations from his professional experience. "Prof. Shtub’s teaching philosophy is to integrate traditional lectures and textbooks with advanced methodologies,” Prof. Zwaikel explained. Further, the results of the research on Prof. Shtub’s curriculum “indicate that the integration of the flipped classroom concept with simulation based training has a strong positive effect on the students compared to traditional teaching based on lectures and textbooks.”

The Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award recognizes the best paper published in the Project Management Journal in the previous year. The winning paper was “The Multivocality of Symbols: A Longitudinal Study of the Symbolic Dimensions of the High-Speed Train Megaproject (1995-2015)” (Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018) by Prof. Dr. Alfons van Marrewijk. The paper provides an anthropological look at megaprojects as symbols in society, with a focus on the Dutch High-speed train megaproject.

“The paper depicts how megaprojects are used as symbols for strategic and political reasons and how they cause issues and power struggles,” explained Dr. Ralf Müller, co-Editor in Chief of the Project Management Journal. “The paper provided new insights into megaprojects as cultural and societal phenomena and the implications stemming from different perceptions of megaprojects by different stakeholder groups.”

Prof. Dr. van Marrewijk is Professor of Business Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After beginning his career as a project manager, he moved to the field of anthropology as an academic. Today he integrates both of these fields, researching project management through an anthropological lens.

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. The 2018 Research Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Mark Keil, Distinguished University Professor and John B. Zellars Professor of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University.

Dr. Keil has been conducting research on information technology project management for over 26 years. With more than 17,000 citations on Google Scholar, he was the most cited researcher for IT project management. “Dr. Keil is world-renowned for his work on escalation of commitment in IT projects - the continued commitment to a failing course of action despite negative feedback,” said Maheshwar Boodraj, PMP, Past President of the PMI Jamaica Chapter, who nominated Dr. Keil for the award. “His research has both illuminated our understanding of the causes of escalation of commitment and provided practical advice on how to de-escalate troubled IT projects. He has also made significant contributions to the literature on project status and bad news reporting and managing project risks.”

In addition to his prolific research career, Dr. Keil generously shares his knowledge in the classroom, having taught at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. He has also published a number of teaching cases, and has received multiple awards from Georgia State University for his achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service.

The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award recognizes the author(s) of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice. The 2018 Cleland Award will be announced on 6 October 2018 at the PMI Awards Gala during the 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Congratulations to these 2018 PMI Academic Award winners! The call for nominations for 2019 PMI Academic Awards will open on 1 November 2018. Find more information and submissions guidelines at https://www.pmi.org/about/awards/research-academic.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: July 26, 2018 06:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Community News - Summer 2018 Edition!

Learn the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition Online

Try the new self-paced online course, Introduction to Project Management. This course is ideal for starting or growing your project management career. This online, self-paced series provides entry-level information on each Knowledge Area of the PMBOK Guide®—Sixth Edition and will enable you to effectively put project management principles to work at your own organizations. Each module features a pre- and post-assessment, allowing you to measure your progress.

PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018: Did you miss the 13 June 2018 virtual event? If so, no worries, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn How to Adapt Your Career to Anticipate and Stay Viable in an Environment of Rapid Technological Change. Check it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                 Do you want to know how organizations are impacted by agility? Then be sure to register for PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018 on September 12, 2018! Our research has found that 92% of business executives believe that organizational agility is critical to business success. Also, an organization’s agility level can be a larger factor in overall success than project approach. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation.

PMI® Global Conference will be here before you know it! Register by 25 July and save $300! Join Thousands of Other Change Champions For Three Days of Learning and Fun. This is our flagship event, attracting thousands of like-minded professionals for three days of top-notch learning, networking and fun. You’ll build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships. All while celebrating being part of a global community of change champions.

Not able Join Us For PMI® Global Conference 2018?  Then why not consider PMO Symposium® 2018? Register by 15 August and save $300!

As the leading association for project, program, or portfolio management professionals, we understand that it’s important for PMO leaders to demonstrate the value their teams bring. That’s why the theme of PMO Symposium® 2018 is Mastering Value Delivery. Over four days in Washington, D.C., you’ll hear from the world’s PMO leaders, attend advanced workshops, and network with your peers. You’ll come away with insights you can use to build a resilient PMO. And you’ll have practical approaches to harnessing the disruptive forces that shape your business—so you can innovate and deliver better results.

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 26, 2018 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Project Resources to Help You Succeed

Categories: development, education, PMI

Are you looking to improve your leadership skills? Maybe you’re struggling with implementing change within your organization. Whatever the case, the PMI Store has resources that will help you move the needle on your projects and in your career.

Whatever you need, the PMI Store has something to help you succeed!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 21, 2018 03:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

Students Come Together for the PMI® Virtual Student Summit!

Categories: education, events, news, students

LEARN. MEETUP. EXPERIENCE. EMERGE.

Live keynote presentation on Next Gen Leadership by Seth Mattison.

Join us for user experience and design thinking, the global impact of project management, career trajectories of rising leaders in project management, global challenges facing projects sessions as well as networking and collaborative opportunities for the emerging professional.

Gain insight into making the transition from student to professional.

Participate in Learning Sessions!

Trends in project management.

Work in Collab Sessions

With PMI resources and sponsors.

Rendezvous Point

Network and interact with your peers.

Join us for this free virtual event! This day is full of opportunities for students interested in project management or an allied discipline to learn and network.

Unable to attend this event live? You can view the content on-demand after the event!

For more information, and to register for the event, visit the registration page or contact AcademicPrograms@pmi.org.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: September 06, 2017 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)
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