Call for Short Papers for the 6th IPMA Research Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Sept 34, 2018

Theme: “Project Management and its impact on societies”

About IPMA Research Conference

The IPMA Research Conference was founded in 2013, and as a Think Tank, it aims to bring researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners in project management together who share a common passion for their discipline. During the conference, they discuss and exchange research ideas and achievements on the topic of projects and its management. The distinctive feature of this small in size conference is the intense dialogue between practitioners and academics, which can neither be found at scientific or professional conferences. The annual international conference was held in Germany, China, South Africa, Iceland and South Korea since its beginning and aims to bring together experts from all countries worldwide to increase the mutual understanding of the global challenges of project managers in diverse environments and industries. The special spirit of the IPMA Research Conferences can be particularly felt in the World Café sessions where the participants can gain new insight perspectives for today´s challenges in project management.


 2018 Conference theme: “Project management and its impact on societies”

The theme of the 2018 IPMA Research Conference is “Project management and the impact on societies”. Modern project management was developed in the 1970s in industrial sectors like aerospace, aeronautics, defence and construction industry. From here, the methods were taken over to sectors like the car industry, mechanical engineering, but also IT, finance or banking. Today project management is applied in education, in the health sector, in sports, public administration and politics, but also in private life as professions like wedding or career planner show. The global trend of “Projectification” that comprises all areas of life is ubiquitous.

The scope of the 6th IPMA Research Conference 2018 is to explore the consequences of this trend of projectification for our societies. In times of increasing automatization and digitalisation of the standard line processes in organisations more and more people work in projects to realize the strategies of the executives, to create innovations and to further develop these creative ideas into new products and services, to develop new market campaigns or to improve the internal processes. Employment contracts are increasingly limited just to the duration of the project. This gives greater flexibility to both the employer and the employee. Long-term or even life-long employment will become an exception. What does this development mean for the individual, for organisations and for the societies, for their social security systems like unemployment insurances or pension systems, to private life and family planning, or to decisions e.g. for private mortgage lending. The research conference aims to start to define answers to these urgent questions.

Projectification also leads to the fact that public projects like infrastructure projects become more transparent as the introduction of project management leads to transparent project governance structures in public administration. The approval and execution of important public projects like streets, bridges, public transportation, schools, universities, good medical treatment on the countryside, new hospitals or high-speed data networks can lead to better way of value creation for the income of a state for the sake of its citizens and a better life for everyone.

This call for short papers is meant to encourage a broad range of submissions. The authors are encouraged to reach beyond the usual boundaries of the project domain, and to embrace innovative approaches for further developing our understanding of project management.


The following subtopics and workshop streams are planned:

  • Status of projectification of societies
  • Consequences for public administration by transparent project governance structures
  • Consequence for the societies on the basis of the continuing projectification trend
  • National project maturity levels / index measurement
  • Value creation through projects/ project management for the society

Submission guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit proposals for short presentations of their work in progress, new ideas or recent results. We encourage submissions from all areas related to project management. Short papers should be of no more than 500 words by May 04, 2018. Authors of accepted short papers will be expected to provide a full paper by July 31, 2018 and to present their ideas in a presentation at the Research Conference.

  • Short outline of the content (500 words)
  • References
  • Biographical details of the author

Please submit a pdf file of your short paper by May 04th  2018 to:

For further information, please contact:

Submission of short papers Applications May 04
Authors notification May 25
Full papers submission July 31
Feedback from reviewers to authors September 3

The IPMA Research Conference coordinators:

Yvonne Schoper, Helgi Thor Ingason, Raphael Albergarias