Call for Papers for the 8th IPMA Research Conference
“Projects as arena for self-organizing”

While the number and importance of projects are growing for organizations, there is an increasing pressure on organizations to change their way of working. Globalization, disruptive technologies and business models as well as the desire of customers for individualized products is driving this change, requiring organizations to be adaptive, agile and quickly respond to the challenges at hand. Furthermore, millennials entering the workplace have expectation towards an organization what concerns work autonomy, development opportunities, work-life balance and leadership. The organizations not responding to these drivers for change will have difficulties to survive in future.
An emerging field of interest in practice and research is self-organizing in and through projects. Many agile project management approaches and organizational design principles emphasize the principles and application of self-organization.

Understanding organizations as social systems with people interacting in order to achieve a commonly shared goal, self-organizing provides space for the people involved in getting things done. Based on respective motivation, skills and competences, communication and collaboration with others, as well as organizational settings (including but not limited to strategies, structures, processes, cultures, leadership behaviour and so on and so forth) self-organization, may be possible or hindered. The research literature and the global standards, such as IPMA Individual Competence Baseline consider self-determination, -management, -control and self-fulfilment as an important competence for people engaged in projects. However, there is the need for better understanding the conditions, prerequisites, potentials and threats of self-organizing in the field of projects.

Therefore the theme of the 8th IPMA Research Conference, 9th to 11th September 2020 will be “Projects as arenas for self-organizing”.



» Developments, potentials and application areas of self-organizing

» Self-organizing principles and their practical application in projects

» Motivation and capabilities of individuals towards self-organization

» Teamwork in an agile context – potentials, boundaries, pitfalls!

» Leadership – Agile, situational or even undesirable?

» Prerequisites and success factors for self-organized projects

» The importance of mindset, culture and working atmosphere

» Megaprojects and self-organization. A contradiction?

» Self-organizing in the age of the Gig Economy


Call for Papers
Each paper for the IPMA Research Conference should be a full paper, with an abstract of between 150 and 200 words and a total length of up to 6,000 words. A template is available for download on the conference website. Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Scientific Committee. Each author can submit a maximum of two papers.


The papers can be submitted through the conference submission tool found at

A template for submitted works is available HERE

You can download the pdf version of Call for Papers HERE


Accepted papers will be presented by the author(s) during the conference and published in a book by Springer. ”
Best Paper Prizes” will be awarded at the closing of the conference.

Important dates:

* Deadline for submission: May 29th, 2020
* Notification of acceptance: June 30th, 2020
* Camera-ready material for publication: July 30th, 2020
* Registration deadline for authors: August 15th, 2020
* Conference:  September 9th-11th, 2020

For further information, please contact

Dr Ding Ronggui, IPMA Research Coordinator Chair of the Scientific Committee – 8th IPMA Research Conference
Dr Helmut Klausing, GPM President Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee – 8th IPMA Research Conference