E-collaboration Support

What is a Social Network?
Social network is the personal or professional set of relationships among individuals. Social networks represent both a collection of ties between people and the strength of those ties often used as a measure of social “connectedness”. Recognising the presence of social networks assists in determining 1) how information and processes move throughout groups, 2) how trust is established and fostered, and 3) how collaboration produces produces tangible results.

What is IPMA Researchers’ Virtual Community Social Network (IPMA RvcSnet)?
The IPMA mission is to be a global integrator and “value space” for researchers, developers and end users, working in the field of R&D and to provide a framework for creating, sharing and disseminating such knowledge. “Value space” means the place where different demands and needs can meet and where individual researchers and international R&D project teams can exchange their ideas, initiate and start-up international R&D projects and so on.  Creation of the IPMA Researchers’ Virtual Community Social Network is the base of this value space.

A virtual community, e-community or online community is a group of people that primarily interact via communication media such as newsletters, telephone, email, online social networks or instant messages rather than face to face, for social, professional, educational or other purposes. If the mechanism is a computer network, it is called an online community (Wikipedia, 2008).

IPMA RvcsNet Building Blocks:

  • IPMA Research Management Board (IPMA RMB) – Global IPMA RvcsNet development and governance,
  • National IPMA R&D Coordinators – Regional  IPMA RvcsNet development and governance,
  • International and national R&D Integrators – Representatives of the national and/or international independent R&D groups,
  • Individual researchers and developers,
  • Individual first adopters and end users,
  • Representatives of R&D funding organizations and
  • Representatives form the R&D supporting environment

More information: http://ipmaresearch.ning.com/

RMB Cooperation with Member Associations (MAs)
The IPMA mission on R&D is to be the global integrator and “value space” for researchers and research organizations working in the field of Project Management R&D and to provide a framework for sharing and disseminating such knowledge. “Value space” means the place where different demands and needs can meet and where international R&D project teams can exchange their ideas, initiate and start-up international R&D projects and so on.
The main goal of IPMA RMB is to create a friendly and supporting environment.  We started with creation of the basic IPMA strategy on this field (see attached IPMA R&D White paper). We are in the implementation phase of this strategy now. We can not achieve IPMA’s R&D goals and strategies without participation and support of the IPMA Member Associations and other stakeholders.  At this point in our implementation phase, we need to intensify cooperation with MAs. So we are introduced the function of “IPMA R&D Coordinator”.  The main roles of IPMA R&D coordinators are:

  • to present MAs and regional R&D stakeholders needs,
  • to work with RMB and support implementation in MAs,
  • to be regional integrator and promoter of IPMA  RMB products, initiatives,
  • to be initiators, developers and promoters of regional and international R&D professional communities etc.

The main aim is to build the proper conditions to increase and support international collaboration between researchers, research organizations and end users. To achieve these preconditions, we are trying to create a friendly business environment. The driving forces of R&D activities are:

  • market demand,
  • market recognition,
  • qualified R&D resources,
  • innovative organizations and managers,
  • regional and global visibility of the R&D results,
  • R&D financing,
  • PM researchers and users “one-stop-shop”,
  • National and international support.

We ask you to appoint an R&D Coordinator who should have an interest in R&D and join us in the creation and implementation of IPMA R&D strategies.