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Project management and sustainability

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– the theme of the 4th IPMA research conference, held in Reykjavik in September 2016

We are a generation with great responsibility. No previous generation has had a greater environmental impact and you, dear reader, leave a far greater carbon footprint on this earth than your parents or grandparents did. We are standing on crossroads and there is a general understanding that something needs to be done right now. According to the Paris convention in 2015 we need to change our habits, reduce our negative impact, become much more conscious about the consequences of our actions and life style and do whatever it takes to make sure that the coming generations will be able to live and prosper in this world.

Project management is the vehicle for change and will thus be an important instrument in the changes that must take place in the coming years. Even more importantly, there is a huge potential to integrate sustainable thinking in project management, by understanding the way projects and their management interact with the environment and figuring out how negative impact can be minimized.

The 4th IPMA research conference will evolve around the theme “Project management and sustainability.” The conference will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland in September 14-16 2016 and we have just launched a web page for the conference where our objectives and conference structure are presented, with all necessary practical information.

We are hopeful that a group of enthusiastic international practitioners and scholars will summon in Reykjavik for the conference for intensive discussions about these important questions, and hopefully produce some interesting outcomes that will be useful for project management as a discipline in the coming years.

Please visit our conference web page http://ipmaresearch2016.com/

 

Helgi Thor Ingason

 

 

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Helgi Thor Ingason holds a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MSc from the University of Iceland and a SAPM degree from Stanford University. He is a Certified Senior Project Manager by IPMA. Dr. Ingason is an professor at Reykjavik University. He is the co-author of 6 books on management in Icelandic and English. He is a management consultant and a member of the Research Management Board of IPMA.

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