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Register for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!" Webinar- featuring PMI Events!

While we are disheartened about the reality of not meeting face to face during PMI live events this year, we want you to know that “where there’s a will, there’s a way!” With that said, have you heard the buzz about the new series of virtual events that PMI is developing? YES, new and exciting things are happening in the PMI Events World and we want you to be part of it!  How can you? Simply register for our next “Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything!” webinar, What’s All the Buzz about the Virtual Experience Series?, scheduled Wednesday, 22 July 2020 at 3:00PM EDT.

As you may know, the format of this series of webinars is executed through non-PDU bearing webinars, meant to encourage conversation with various PMI departments. Simply put, community members, like yourselves, having a one hour Q&A session with a particular PMI department. We are so thrilled to have Gina Alesse, Julie Ho and Michelle Brown from PMI Events, discuss the specifics of The Virtual Experience Series: Delivering Value, Creating Change & Advancing the World™ that will feature monthly virtual experiences from now through December 2020.

Register for FREE at  We certainly hope you will join us!

As always, our project is YOU. Your successes and setbacks, your passions and peeves—we want to hear about them all, and help you get to where you're going today and tomorrow. We hope these webinar series guide you in the right direction. As always, your feedback and ideas are most welcome!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: June 25, 2020 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Thesis Grants Available for Doctoral and Master’s Students

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The PMI Thesis Research Program offers annual grants of up to US$25,000 to support doctoral and master’s thesis research in project management or a related discipline. Full-time and part-time doctoral and master’s students at accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 15 May 2019.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit

Proposals can be submitted directly at

Posted by Laura Schofield on: April 24, 2019 02:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Apply Now for a PMI Sponsored Research Grant

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The PMI Sponsored Research Program awards grants of up to US$50,000 per project to support research whose themes and perspectives have direct application to theory and/or practice of project management. PMI invites proposals from individuals as well as multi-disciplinary teams both within and outside the field of project management.

The 2020 call for proposals is now open through 25 April 2019.

We encourage proposals on research involving multi-disciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, submission guidelines, key dates, and more, visit You will also find published research from past PMI Sponsored Research Program-funded projects.

Proposals can be submitted directly at

Posted by Laura Schofield on: February 04, 2019 11:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (13)

PMJ Call for Papers: Special Issue on Project Transitions

PMI’s Project Management Journal (PMJ) is now accepting papers for a special issue on Project Transitions. While a great deal of research focuses on the specificities of various project phases, there are a number of technical, organizational, economic, and managerial challenges relating to the transitions across the phases. Transitional issue examples include, but are far from limited to, challenges such as the handover of data and knowhow, change in the workforce, and scope management.

Surprisingly, transition-related project phenomena remain remarkably under-investigated. Addressing transitional issues in projects is important not only for creating projects that deliver value to their respective organizations, users, and operators but also to maintain a more effective delivery while moving from one phase to the next.

Contributions to this special issue can be theoretical or empirical, based on any project-related topic concerning transitions. Authors may choose to focus on transitions across the temporal phases of the system’s life as the main conceptual framework. However, the special issue editors strongly encourage contributions addressing project transitions under new or different conceptual lenses.

Editors for this special issue are:

  • Giorgio Locatelli, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Vedran Zerjav, The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, University College London
  • Gary Klein, College of Business, University of Colorado

The deadline for papers is 31 January 2019. For more information on the special issue, visit

General submission guidelines are available from the journal publisher, SAGE, at

To submit a paper, visit the journal submission site at

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 10, 2018 02:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

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

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

"Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed."

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