Project Management Institute Announces 2013 Academic Research Grant Recipients

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PMI has invested more than US$18 million in project management research since 1997

Project Management Institute (PMI), one of the world’s largest not-for-profit membership associations for the project management profession, announced that it will fund four new academic research projects as part of the 2013 PMI Sponsored Research Program.

Organizations’ increased demands for skilled project management talent and programs have created a critical need for related research and education programs. This year’s grantees were selected from a pool of more than 120 applications based on their ability to provide new knowledge that will help project managers and organizations improve performance, drive innovation and increase competitive advantage for long-term success. They are:

Ann Ledwith, PhD, University of Limerick (Ireland)
A Typology Framework for Virtual Project Teams
Dr. Ledwith’s study seeks to develop a typology framework for virtual project teams that will help future researchers classify the phenomena of virtual teams into distinct types. It will explore possible empirical evidence of patterns in virtual teams and whether there are existing correlations and trends between virtual team demographics, such as company type and size, industry size, location and various team typologies. The study will also look into the impact that identified team typologies may have on the performance of virtual project teams.

Antonie Jetter, PhD, Portland State University (United States)
Project Management for Ambidexterity: Process Choices in the Fuzzy Front End of New Project Development
Dr. Jetter’s study explores organizational ambidexterity of new product development on the project level. The project aims at developing a general model for selecting alternative project process models in the early stages of new product development and providing recommendations for how to implement these explorative project processes along traditional linear project management practices within the same organizations.

Liselore Havermans, MSc, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Development Paths of Project Managers
Ms. Havermans’ research investigates distinct types of learning experiences that drive the development of project managers. The study aims to extend and improve current theory on the professional development of project managers and highlight opportunities to improve the development of project management practitioners.

Ralf Müller, MBA, DBA, PMP, BI Norwegian Business School (Norway)
Organizational Enablers for Project Governance
Mr. Müller’s project is focused on developing a framework for project governance in organizations of varying sizes, industries and geographies. The results will allow practitioners to adapt successful enablers and governance practices to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their organizations. Moreover, the results will enable the expansion of the existing PMI foundational standards by adding organizational enablers for best practices in project governance.

The call for proposals for 2014 funding opens 1 February and closes 25 April 2013. Visit for more information.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI is one of the world's largest not-for-profit membership associations for the project management profession, with more than 650,000 members and certification and credential holders in more than 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. When organizations invest in project management, supported by PMI, executives have confidence that their important initiatives will deliver expected results, greater business value and competitive advantage. Visit us at, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

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