IRNOP Conference

The International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP) was founded in 1993 as a loosely coupled community of researchers. Since then, it has developed into a vibrant worldwide research network ( IRNOP 2011 is the 10th biannual conference.

The IRNOP 2011 Research Conference on "Organising by Projects" aims to gather scholars from all over the world with a background in business, economics, engineering and other fields, with a common interest in projects, project organisations and temporary systems. We encourage scholars to submit full papers of current research work. We are looking for research papers using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches on any topic related to the general theme of "Organising by Projects". All papers will undergo a blind review process.

The academic literature in the field of project management has expanded significantly over the two decades since IRNOP was founded. Noteworthy signs include the addition of new international academic journals (e.g., International Journal of Managing Projects in Business and International Journal of Project Organisation and Management) and the integration of the field of project management within the European Academy of Management. The domain of project research has expanded to embrace a wider spectrum of theoretical perspectives. The conference theme is broad enough to welcome papers, round-table or workshop themes and student posters presenting and discussing, including but not restricted to, the following topics:

  • Project governance
  • Strategy and project management
  • Project portfolios and programmes
  • People and working in projects
  • The interplay between projects and (semi-) permanent organisations
  • Project marketing
  • Innovation through projects
  • Managing complexity and risk in projects
  • Global projects and cultural issues
  • Sustainability and projects
  • Projects in non-traditional settings
  • Future research – where do we go from here?