<h2><img class="icon" alt="" src="/img/icon-raquo-grey-30.png" width="30" height="25" /> Moving PM Knowledge Forward</h2>
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Research Management Board (RMB) Vision:
Create a global value space for research(ers) to shape the future of Project Management.</strong></p>
Research is an essential aspect of any profession and the role of IPMA’s Research Management Board (RMB) is to provide the link between the research community and IPMA members. RMB achieves this overall objective by participating in a variety of research oriented events such as specialist conferences, through promoting our Festivals of Knowledge and by organising Expert Research Seminars and Workshops. We recognise research excellence through a programme of Research Awards and encourage researchers by providing prizes for research papers at conferences.
<h2>IPMA Research Activities</h2>
<a href="http://ipma.ch/research/research-awards/"><strong><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-1404" title="gold" alt="" src="http://ipma.ch/assets/gold.jpg" width="60" height="60" />Research Awards</strong></a>: IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers (under 35 years of age), established researchers, and teams. We also recommend outstanding researchers of international repute for our life-time achievement award. The IPMA Research Awards promotes excellence in the Research community. Juried prizes awarded at World Congresses. <strong>Audiences</strong>: Candidates and those who value and support our categories of researchers. <strong>Benefits</strong>: Proven model for researchers to gain visibility in the research community.
<a href="http://ipma.ch/research/ipma-family/"><strong><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-1404" title="gold" alt="" src="http://ipma.ch/assets/gold.jpg" width="60" height="60" />IPMA Family Social Network</strong></a>: The IPMA Family website captures viable community practices, experiments and improves collaboration and co-creation. It does so among members and not-yet members of our project management community, our Member Associations, and other constituencies. The site serves as a map to valuable knowledge in social and business networks wherever they are found -- Linkedin, Google, Facebook, Twitter, youTube, etc.) <strong>Audiences</strong>: Project Management researchers and practitioners, and project stakeholders. <strong>Benefit</strong>: Cutting fragmentation generally associated with social networking. Locating, experimenting, refining and disseminating good practices.
<a href="http://ipma.ch/research/festival-of-knowledge/"><strong><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-1404" title="gold" alt="" src="http://ipma.ch/assets/gold.jpg" width="60" height="60" />IPMA Festivals of Knowledge</strong></a>: These bring stakeholders together to brainstorm hot topics, capture and publish latest outputs of current research. The format is flexible but is generally similar to IPMA World Congresses, but held locally as cluster of events led by 2 day research seminar and on demand, throughout the year. <strong>Audiences</strong>: Local researchers. Organisations not yet ready to hold World Congresses. Groups which focus on particular interests, such as collaboration in the automobile industry. <strong>Benefits</strong>: Frequent and local focus on topics of great interest. Local presenters and access to world class research and researchers at local meetings.
<h2>Other Current RMB Initiatives</h2>
The items above and on the menu at left are just part of the Research Management Board's activities. The diagram below shows the range of our current activities, and below that, a brief description of our most notable additional Initiatives.
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RMB does not engage in research directly, but encourages research into project related topics so that IPMA products such as the Certification system remains at the forefront of technical and business qualifications in the profession of Project Management. One of RMB’s goals is to ensure the continuing relevance of the ICB and to support its continuing development -achieved by identifying changing trends in current practice and linking these with research developments. RMB supports Member Associations to access current research.
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<strong><a id="internal-source-marker_0.06439449015450649" href="http://platforms.3-lab.eu/platform/info/16" target="_blank">RMB Collaboration Platform.</a></strong> Click the link at left for more information about the RMB organization and internal activities.
<strong>IPMA Professional Virtual Communities</strong> (PVCs). IPMA itself is a PVC in that it is a large group of professionals all with a broad interest in project, programme and portfolio management. RMB provides specific PVCs around specialist subjects to allow practitioners and researchers to exchange views, knowledge and ideas about aspects of our profession. Typically, we cover topics such as current and future research plans, technical project problems that need resolution by the research community and distribution of potential solutions for practitioners. We support the development of special interest groups (SIGS). Audience: Practitioners, students, researchers and members of IPMA Member Associations and special interest groups. Benefits: Collaborative and cost effective platform for knowledge exchange in both face-to-face and virtual meetings.
<strong><a href="http://platforms.3-lab.eu/platform/info/15" target="_blank">NETLIPSE</a></strong>. A Network for the dissemination of knowledge on the management and organisation of Large Infrastructure Projects in Europe. RMB is co-organizer of joint SIG for Project Management (PM). You can find more information about this initiative on this link <a href="http://platforms.3-lab.eu/platform/info/15">NETLIPSE SIG PM Open Innovation Collaboration Platform</a>.
<strong>SIG Project Management in Research</strong>. This SIG brings together representatives of the ERA (European Research Area) community of practice. The main goal is to increase professionalism of project management and project managers in research and development (R&D). More information can be found on <a href="http://platforms.3-lab.eu/interest/showroom/71" target="_blank">SIG Project Management in Research Collaboration Platform</a>.
<strong>SIG Competence Development</strong>. This SIG is the result of the May joint meeting of ICEC and IPMA. More information: <a href="http://event.einovainstitut.eu/slovenia2011/" target="_blank">IPMA&ICEC Research Workshop in Portoroz, 2011</a>.
<strong>Additional RMB Products and Services. </strong>How does the RMB organize its creation of value spaces for researchers? Behind each of these categories are groups of professionals. RMB activities seek to explore and improve how they work together. RMB products and services described in the pages below include Research Awards, IPMA Family, IPMA Festivals of Knowledge, RMB workshops, strategic alliances, and publications.