Research Achievement Winners

This IPMA Research Achievement Award is managed in partnership with the IPMA Research Board. On this page we celebrate the winners, from 2007-2013!

2013

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Dr. Aaron Shenhar

The IPMA Research Achievement Award 2013 goes to Dr. Aaron Shenhar, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in project management, innovation, and execution leadership. He is also the holder of five academic degrees in engineering and management, including a PhD from Stanford University. After a career as executive in the defense industry, Dr. Shenhar served as tenured professor, founding new academic programs in several universities, including the project management programs at Stevens and Rutgers University. He is one of the most published and cited authors in project management, and his work has influenced project and technology management research and education throughout the world. He served as consultant to major corporations such as 3M, Intel, NASA, Honeywell, Dow Jones & Co., U.S. Army, and Tata Group. He is co-author of the recent book, Reinventing Project Management, published by Harvard Business School Press. The book was selected among the top five best business books of year, and is the only Harvard-published book in project management. Dr. Shenhar is currently the CEO of The SPLWIN Group, which is dedicated to aligning projects and business.

2012

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Prof Rodney Turner

The IPMA Research Achievement Award 2012 went to Prof. J. Rodney Turner, SKEMA Business School, France, and former president of IPMA for his contributions to the advancement of the Project Management field and further development of the profession. Professor Rodney Turner is well known as the editor of the International Journal of Project Management. His especial achievement in this respect is that he was able to get the journal ranked in the Thompson ISI Index, with a score higher than 1.5. Which shows the journal’s international prominence. By that he contributes to the advancement of Project Management as a research field and to its recognition in academia.

Rodney Turner has a very close relation to IPMA, of which he was president (1999 – 2000) and Chairman (2001 – 2002). In addition in the APM he has held numerous positions by which he has contributed to the further development of project management nationally as well as internationally. He was one of the first academics who moved from the single project perspective into the more strategic perspective of the project-based organisation.

The book Turner, J.R., 2009. The Handbook of Project-Based Management, is now in its 3rd edition, with McGraw-Hill, New York. His current interests include project-oriented leadership, project governance, ethics and trust, the management of projects in small to medium-sized enterprises and the management of complex projects. Rodney is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK’s Association of Project Management, and former President and Chairman of the International Project Management Association. Rodney Turner is managing consultant at EuroProjex Ltd and Scientific Adviser to the PhD in Project and Programme Management at SKEMA Business School, in Lille France. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and the Kemmy Business School, Limerick and Drexel University Philadelphia, and Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School. .

2011

IPMA Research Achievement Award 2011
Professor Lynn Crawford

Lynn Crawford is Professor of Project Management at Bond University, Australia and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management in the UK. She is a Director of Human Systems International Limited which facilitates a global network or member organizations, assisting them in assessing, benchmarking and improving their corporate project management capability.

With a background as architect, project manager, regional planner and policy adviser working with professional firms, developers and Government, Lynn also spent a number of years as Managing Director of a retail, wholesale and manufacturing business. She maintains active involvement in project management practice, education, and research at a global level.

Ongoing research includes project and program management competence, management of business change and differences in project management practices across project types and industries. Lynn provided the Australian contribution to an internationally conducted project on The Value of Project Management, focusing on governance. Results of other completed research projects have been published, as Project Categorization Systems: Aligning Capability with Strategy for Better Results, Situational sponsorship of projects and programs: an empirical review; and Exploring the Complexity of Projects: Implications of Complexity Theory for Project Management Practice.

In the mid-1990s she won an Australian Research Council grant to study Development Assessment of Project Management Competence. This was one of the first and most significant government research grants awarded for research in project management. A subsequent Australian Research Council funded project conducted in partnership with the NSW Police Service, titled Soft Systems for Soft Project, applied systems thinking and soft systems methodology to a major organizational change project.

Lynn has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and conference papers, as well as chapters in books such as The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects, the Global Project Management Handbook, and the Gower Handbook of Project Management.

Building on her own research into project management competence, and involvement in early development of the Australian National Competency Standards for Project Management and as a member of the PMI Standards Committee in the 1990s, Lynn has taken a leading role in development of global standards for project management. She was invited by the IPMA, in 1999, to lead a Global Working Party on Standards. This work evolved into the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) which provides an independent reference benchmark for alignment and mutual recognition of project and program management standards and qualifications.

Professor Crawford is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, Program Chair for the 2011 IPMA World Congress and a member of the board of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center.

2010

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Professor Rolf A. Lundin

Rolf A. Lundin is Professor of Business Administration at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. He received his Ph D at the University of Chicago in what is now the Booth School of Business focusing on Management Science. Since then he has been interested in Public Management and general Organization Theory. During the last 20 years or so he has mostly specialized into research on projects and temporary organizations. Currently he is working on TV and TV production through the Media Management and Transformation Centre at the business school in Jönköping.

As founding dean of Umeå Business School in Northern Sweden and as a headhunted dean for Jönköping International Business School (for several years), he has also considerable amount of experience with project management from a practical point of view. Outcomes were successful and at times not so successful. As a dean you should be able to develop and deliver projects and programs so that practical experience has been of high importance for inspiration and as a learning experience. His research has primarily focused on a temporary organization version of research and on what has been called a Scandinavian research tradition of project research. In particular, he has focused on theory development in the field fetching inspiration from the practice side of projects. Working with and through the practical world out there has always been very important for him.

His work has been published extensively, mostly in terms of research reports and articles but also books. One example of theorizing in the field is a well cited article published in the Scandinavian Journal of Management (for which Lundin once was the founding editor) in 1995: “A Theory of the Temporary Organization” (together with Anders Söderholm). Another publication is a book about projectification and effects: Neo-Industrial Organizing – Action, Knowledge Formation and Renewal in a Project-Intensive Economy, (three coauthors), Routledge, 1999. He prefers to work with and through other people rather than occupying an ivory tower position. He has had the main responsibility for some 50+ PhD students of which most nowadays have been appointed full professors. All of them are not into project research but all have contributed in one way or the other to that field.

Professor Lundin is and has been a member of several associations and societies. One of the most relevant in the context of project management is the Swedish Academy of Projects, which is an academy formed some 20 years ago consisting of some 30 members, one third of which are managers practicing projects, one third consultants in the project management area and one third academics who share a research interest in projects. The academy functions internally as an idea exchange and externally it works for raising interest in the project field. Every year the project manager of the year is appointed – a symbolic act which raises the general attention to project work.

Lundin is passionate about fly fishing and there is one particular story he tends to tell with reference to project management. Once he gave a keynote at a project research conference in Christchurch (New Zealand) at which he happened to mention to his fly fishing addiction. One of the questions asked after the speech was from professor David I. Cleland who said: “Your fly fishing – do you plan that as a project?” The answer was: “No, fly fishing is much more important than that!”

2009

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Professor Peter W.G. Morris

Peter Morris is Professor of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL). He is also Executive Director of INDECO, a consultancy in the management of projects.

His research has largely been on the competencies required to develop and deliver projects and programs successfully. His research underpins the structure of the APM Body of Knowledge and he was a principal author of the 1st and 4th editions. He was also a co-author of the original IPMA International Competency Baseline document. He is the leading proponent of ‘the management of projects’ perspective – see The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects (Wiley, 2005); The Management of Projects (Thomas Telford, 1994) and The Anatomy of Major Projects (John Wiley & Sons, 1987).

He also works on the linkage between corporate and project strategy (Translating Corporate Strategy into Project Strategy (PMI, 2004) and on project-based learning. He is currently researching how longer term conditions in the built environment are requiring changed management approaches. He has a special interest in the history of project management. In addition to his five books, he is the author of over 110 papers. He is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook on Project Management (OUP, 2010).

At UCL he heads a Department of 20 faculty and 220 students. In the recent (2008) UK Government Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked best of all construction management departments for the quality of its research.

Dr. Morris has consulted widely. Clients include AstraZeneca, BA, BG, BP, BNFL, Camelot, Ericsson, FKI, Fujitsu, GSK, Hamworthy, Land Securities, Lloyds TSB, Magnox, National Australia Bank, Pfizer, PowerGen, Premier Oil, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Skanska, Spirent and Unilever among others.

He is currently a Vice President and was previously Chairman of the Association for Project Management (APM). He was also Deputy Chairman of International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is an (Honorary) Fellow of the Association for Project Management, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was the recipient of the Project Management Institute’s 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA’s 2009 Research Award, and APM’s 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Life Time Achievement Award.