Main supporters:

International Project Management Association

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Scope and purpose
Project and program management is a growing area of research interest as organizations switch to project-based forms of working. There is growing concern for the performance of projects as they grow in scale and complexity. This SIG is focused on projects and programs defined as temporary organizations with a goal and pre-determined life-cycle. The Project Organizing SIG is concerned with project-based organizations: firms or public sector agencies organized to promote and/or deliver projects.

We promote the creation and diffusion of knowledge in relation to project organizing. Our ambition is to develop a global project organizing research community leaning on management and organization disciplines like strategy, entrepreneurship, organization theory, organizational behavior and institutional theory, but also open to contributions from other disciplines. We therefore aim to stimulate discussion about a variety of topics related to the organization of projects and programs across all sectors.

Publication possibilities

The Project Organising Track has a close cooperation with the three leading Project Management journals. Click on the cover to learn more about the journal.

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Paper and Reviewer Awards

The IPMA PMI Paper Prizes honour the best paper and the best student paper of the Project Organising Track. These prizes are sponsored by the International Project Management Association and the Project Management Institute. 

IPMA PMI Best Paper Prize EURAM 2017:
Maxim Miterev, Mats Engwall & Anna Jerbrant (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden):
Mechanisms of isomorphism in project-based organizations.

IPMA PMI Best Student Paper Prize EURAM 2017:
Maude Brunet & Monique Aubry (School of Management, Universitédu Québec à Montréal, Canada): 
The governance of major public infrastructure projects: The process of translation.

In addition, Emerald Group Publishing sponsored in 2017 a Best-paper Award for the special Topic: Managing Major and Mega Projects: Opening up for new Research Eras. Winner was:
Maude Brunet & Monique Aubry (School of Management, Universitédu Québec à Montréal, Canada): 
The governance of major public infrastructure projects: The process of translation.

Furthermore, a EURAM 2017 PO SIG Best Reviewer Award was given to:
Miia Martinsuo (Tampere University of Technology, Finland).

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Highlights of EURAM 2017

Project Organising SIG Kick off featured an interactive session "Trends and Future of the Project Management Field" with editors of the following journals: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, International Journal of Project Management, Journal of Management in Engineering and Project Management Journal.

This year, a new initiative in the form of a SIG PO and SIG Innovation Roundtable “Project Management meets Innovation” was held in order to enhance synergies between project management and innovation research. With the aim of promoting and strengthening the Project Organising SIG and the work of its members, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has sponsored a PMI EURAM Research Grant PO & INNO 2018. The grant of US$ 50,000 will be awarded to a team of investigators that includes at least one member of the PO SIG and one member of the Innovation SIG. The formal Call for Proposals will be open from 1 October 2017 until 1 December 2017. Along with submission guidelines the call will be posted on PMI's website

In addition to the general track on Project Organising, a special topic track on 
Managing Major and Mega Projects: Opening up for new Research Eras was conducted. In total, 23 papers were presented. Further (and together with the Strategic Management SIG), a Symposium: "Selecting Project Delivery Models" was offered.

The Project Organising Plenary included an Award Ceremony with more prizes (see the section above). Moreover, an interactive session, i.e. a so-called Project Café made the participants reflect on the topic: „What will project management look like in 2040?“.

Finally, a PMI sponsored Project Organising SIG Reception gathered 40+ participants - and served as a good networking opportunity.


SIG roles

SIG board for 2018:
Martina Huemann, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (Chair).
Pernille Eskerod, Webster Vienna Private University, Austria (Chair Elect).
Alexander Kock, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (Programme Chair and Communication Officer). 
Monique Aubry, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada (Track Chair, responsible for reviews).
Miia Martinsuo, Tampere University of Tehnology, Finland (Professional Development Support Officer).

Graham Winch, Manchester Business School, UK.

Social Media Managers:
Leticia Fuentes-Ardeo, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
Maria Aguilar-Fernandez, University of the Basque Country, Spain.

Past Chairs, but still active:
Graham Winch, Manchester Business School, UK.
Miia Martinsuo, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.

Hans Georg Gemünden, Berlin University of Technology, Germany.
Rodney Turner, SKEMA Business School, France.
Christophe Midler, École Polytechnique, France. 
Brian Hobbs, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada.


SIG contact 2018: Alexander Kock This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.