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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.The RMB vision is to create a global value space for research to shape the future of Project Management. This vision is reached by promoting and supporting advances through focused efforts in three areas, Standards, R&D and Awards.

  • Through standards, IPMA is the reference for worldwide, cross-cultural competent and performing Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (PPPM).
  • Through R&D activities, IPMA ́s differentiating strengths are clear to all interested parties, from PPPM practitioners, to managers and executives, to nations, to society and IPMA is the reference for worldwide, cross-cultural competent and performing PPPM.
  • Through awards, IPMA ́s visibility is widespread and the brand value of IPMA is verifiably clear, especially in the area of our top product “IPMA Project Excellence Award”.

Reinhard Wagner (Germany)
Vice President, Awards, Research and Standards

Reinhard Wagner studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration in Germany and the USA and looks back to more than 27 years of project related work and leadership experience. His career started in the German Air Force. In 1995 he entered the Automotive Industry, managing engineering projects and programmes, developing specific methodology engineering activities. In 2002 he founded a Special Interest Group for Automotive Project Management within GPM; German Project Management Association.

He has been leading these activities since then and consequently, in 2004, he published the first book on Project Management in Automotive Industry which is nowadays available in the 4th Edition. Since 2006 he is member of the board of GPM, being responsible for all R&E activities and International affairs.

At end of 2012 he was elected to be the Chairman of the GPM-Board. As chairman of the DIN committee for PM standards development he is responsible for numerous standardization projects in Germany. Between 2007 and 2012 he acted as Convenor of a working group in ISO/PC 236 for the development of a process model for ISO 21500; the first international standard on project management.

Presently he is Head of German Delegation at ISO/TC 258 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. Reinhard Wagner teaches “Automotive Project Management”, “Project Management” and ”Intercultural Project Management” at different Universities in Germany. He has published more than 100 books and articles, speaks to national and international audiences and is publisher of the Germanic periodical “PM Aktuell”.

IPMA Research Management Board, 2013-14

Chair: Prof. Anbang Qi (China); RMB Contact, Prof. Qi:

Prof. Qi is the Deputy President of PMRC China,  Professor and director of PM Research Center and Master of PM Program of Nankai University.He is the IPMA Research Award Winner in 2009, winner of China National Excellent Bilingual Course of PM 2008 and winner of China National Excellent Course of PM in 2005.Prof. Qi graduated with a master’s degree in economy from Jilin University in 1986. He taught and worked on research on Project Evaluation and Management in 1986-1990. He studied at Leeds University of UK as a visiting Scholar in 1990-1992. He taught and worked on research on IT Development Project Management in 1992-1997, studied at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the USA as a visiting scholar in 1998-1999.

Prof. Qi graduated from Nankai University for Doctor of Management in 1999. Presently he lectures and works on research on project evaluation and Management in Nankai University.

Prof. Qi has published more than 20 books and translated and published more than 15 books. He has published more than 60 papers and executed more than 30 research projects funded by the government and organizations. He has delivered training programs for more than 100 organizations, including a program on China Central TV Channel one. He teaches PM courses for EMBA/MPM of 18 famous universities like Qinhua, Zhejiang, Jiaotong University.

IPMA Research Management Board Members, 2013-14
Dr. Helgi Thor Ingason  (Iceland)

Helgi Thor Ingason  holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland and a Stanford Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. He is an IPMA Certified Senior Project Manager (B level).Dr. Ingason is an associate professor at the University of Reykjavik. He is the head of the MPM – Master in Project Management – program at the university. The research fields of Dr. Ingason range from quality- and project management to system dynamics and renewable energy, production, transport and utilization, changes in the energy infrastructure and energy carriers of the future.

Dr. Ingason has reported on his research at conferences and in several reviewed conference and journal papers. He is the co-author of 6 books in the Icelandic language on project management, strategic planning, product development and quality management. He is also a co-author of the book “Project ethics”, published by Gower in January 2013.

Dr. Ingason was interim CEO of Orkuveita Reykjavikur (Reykjavik Energy) from 2010 to 2011. A co-founder of Nordica Consulting Group, Dr. Ingason is a management consultant and a recognized speaker.

Dr. Beverly Pasian, MA (ODE), DPM, FPMAC (The Netherlands)

Dr. Beverly Pasian embodies the international spirit of the IPMA. Educated in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, she is the founding President of the Project Management Association of Canada (2007-10) and the first recipient of its Fellowship award. She currently serves in leadership roles as Research Chairs for both the Dutch member association of the IPMA and the Asia-Pacific Federation of Project Management.She is an avid supporter of project management research. Her research partners are in China, Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the USA, examining project management from varied perspectives: maturity, maturity models, gender, e-Learning, construction and cultural diversity. She has more than 20 undergraduate and Masters students of project management currently under her supervision at Masters program in project management at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.

Immediate and future publishing plans include several pioneering and international efforts – the first-ever book on methods specific to project management research: Designs, Methods & Practices for Research of Project Management (Gower Publishing – 2013) and an annual monograph series, Project Management Research: Asia-Pacific Perspectives(along with her RMB colleague, Michael Young). Other publications, focusing on project management maturity and gender perspectives of project management, are in the development stages.

Beyond her work with the Research Management Board, she is an expert participant in the IPMA Delta Baseline project, and academic program lead for the 2014 World Congress in Amsterdam. It is with the Dutch MA that she is founding the first-ever IPMA national project management research group in the Netherlands.

Mr. Miles Shepherd  (UK)

Miles Shepherd was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Open University. He holds advanced diploma in computing, The British Computer Society’s Advanced Certificate in Information Systems Project Management, IPMA Certification and Association for Project Management Certification. He is a Chartered member of the British Computer Society and the Institute for Personnel and Development.Mr Shepherd is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, a Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester and the University of Leeds where he is also a founding Fellow of the Engineering Academy.

He is a Senior Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) and has served as External Examiner at the University of Hertfordshire, Lancaster University and Blackpool and the Fylde College. He is a well known international speaker and has reported on his research at conferences around the world and has contributed chapters to several books on project, programme and portfolio management.He is an active Research Supervisor with a number of British and overseas Universities where his teaching covers all aspects of project, programme and portfolio management. He supervised the academic research on which the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge was based and sponsored the project to develop the fifth edition.

He is closely involved in the development of international standards in project management for the British Standards Institute and the International Standards Organisation. He is Chairman of the ISO Project Committee 236 on project management and as Chairman of ISO Technical Committee 258, is currently engaged in extending international standards to programme and portfolio management.

Dr. Les Squires (USA)

Dr. Squires’ middle name is Collaboration. Equipped with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Columbia University, Teacher College, serving for 15 years on the 32,000 member Boston Computer Society, and having served as CEO of a Boston-based application development company for 30 years, he blends what makes for successful information technology projects and successful organizational development.

Most recently Dr. Squires has been field testing social networking approaches in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Nepal, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Poland, Crete, and South Africa. He has successfully implemented custom installations of Google Drive, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Ning in such disciplines as project management, alternative currencies, conference planning and community building.

In his capacity as a member of the Research Management Board of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), he regularly presents hands-on training sessions at international conferences promoting the use of social networking in the 60 member countries of the IPMA, corporations and other organizations. He is currently designing and implementing the IPMA Knowledge Base to make searchable 15+ years of IPMA World Congress presentations on project management, including online workspaces for IPMA’s virtual constituencies.

Dr. Squires believes that collaboration is the most important assets for an organization; that social networking is radically different from former email and other Web 1.0/2.0 technologies. To this end, he assists organizations to build their business practices on the best that social networking has to offer.

Mr. Michael Young (Australia)

Michael Young is an award-winning project, program and portfolio manager and is also Managing Director of a consulting and education organisation in Australia.  Michael plays an active leadership role in the Australian project management industry. He is a past AIPM board member, the author of the Australian competency standard for portfolio management and currently chairs the AIPM Knowledge and Research Council and the AIPM Standards Committee.Michael is a member of the IPMA Research Management Board and is the Australian delegate to the ICB4 consensus program.

Michael is a Fellow of the AIPM, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Certified Practicing Project Director and Certified Computer Professional. Michael is currently completing his PhD and holds an MBA and BSc, as well as vocational qualifications in management, auditing, training and assessment, project management and strategic procurement.Michael has published papers and presented new project management concepts at conferences internationally. He is currently co-editing two books on project management research in the Asia Pacific with Dr Beverly Pasian.