Capabilities for delivering projects in the context of societal development (CaProSoc)



Capabilities for delivering projects in the context of societal development (CaProSoc)

Call for Participation

in an

International Research Programme 2020-2030

on the subject of

"Capabilities for delivering projects in the context of societal development (CaProSoc)”


In recent years, both the number and importance of projects for the development of our society have increased significantly. In the project management research this trend is called “projectification and researchers such as Rolf Lundin already foresee a project society. Projects are a means of resolving complex challenges, and as our society is faced with many challenges, such as climate change, global risks, poverty, urbanization and migration, capabilities for delivering projects on all levels of society seems to be in need for the good of society. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are setting the bar high for all parties involved in decision making and execution of projects. Even the smallest projects help to further develop communities, which in turn has an effect on society as a whole. Beyond that, the society in whose context projects are implemented has an effect on the way projects are implemented. These interactions are still largely unexplored. But what´s serious, far too many projects are still failing, are running out of time and budget, or are clearly missing their original development goals. Project management was developed in the business world and has achieved amazing results there, now we believe it is necessary to achieve the same results in the context of societal development.


All actors involved in societal development are aware of the role of projects, the capabilities needed to implement projects sustainably and how they can be used effectively in their respective contexts for the benefit of society.


Through this international research programme, it will be aspired to forming a global collaboration network of researchers and practitioners from institutions which share similar responsibilities for delivering projects in the context of societal development with the aim of:

- exploring, analysing, researching - the situation, requirements and potential solutions

- sharing, discussing, recognising - experiences, cases and international best practices

- co-creating, developing, innovating - concepts, knowledge and practical applications

- applying, utilizing, sustaining - pilot applications, concepts and customized solutions

- informing, lobbying, publishing – research findings, solutions and information services

Expected results:

Through this international research programme, it is expected to achieve following results:

-Mutually beneficial networking and cooperation between researchers and practitioners, who share similar responsibilities and take care for the development of society

- Scientific papers, White Papers, articles in periodicals, social media and magazines

- Case studies, survey reports, insights into specific practices and best practice sharing

- Internet platform with open access to results of the research network and beyond

- Recognition of research results through international research awards (e.g. by IPMA), so as other awards tied to societal development

- Publications in the context of working on a Ph.D., Master (and Bachelor) thesis

Proposed workstreams:

In the framework of this research programme, the following workstreams are proposed:

1. Projectification and its impact on societal development

2. Project Citizenship Behaviour for the good of society

3. Contributions of education for delivering projects in the context of societal development

4. Governmental arrangements, policies, standards and regulations for performing projects

5. Supporting societal development through start-up acceleration and innovative projects

6. Governing and managing projects in the context of smart cities and urban planning

7. Governing and managing projects in the context of smart rural and rural development

8. Governing and managing projects for community development and humanitarian aid

9. Performance measures, transparency and benefits realization in public projects

10. International organisations and financial institutions and management for delivering projects for the good of society

Potential partners:

This international research programme is intended to attract the following parties:

- Researchers and research institutes with interest in the subject or one workstream

- Publicly funded research programmes related to the topic of this research programme

- Ph.D. candidates, Master (and Bachelor) candidates with interest in this subject

- International Scientific Journals with focus on project management (e.g. IJPM)

- Media Partner (e.g. PM World Journal) and Social Media (e.g. LinkedIn group)

- Supranational or Regional Organizations (e.g. United Nations, European Union)

- National Governments, Ministries, Governmental Organisations and Municipalities

- Non-Governmental Organizations and Development Agencies (e.g. UNOPS)

- International Standardization Bodies (e.g. ISO) and national mirror committees

- Professional Bodies in PM (e.g. International Project Management Association)

- Funding Agencies (e.g. World Bank) and private donors (e.g. Gates Foundation)

Proposed Governance:

The governance of this research programme will be decided during a kick-off meeting at Maribor (Slovenia, European Union) in spring 2020. The proposal includes the following:

- Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Mladen Radujkovic (Croatia)

- Programme Manager: Reinhard Wagner (Germany)

- Scientific Committee: tbd.

- Management Committee: tbd.

- (Practice) Advisory Committee: tbd.

- General Assembly: all parties being represented

Next steps:

- Informing potential partners all around the world

- Engaging potential partners in the discussion of forming a global collaboration network of researchers and practitioners

- Conducting a kick-off meeting in spring 2020 setting up the programme

- Planning and executing first activities in the framework of this programme

Point of contact:

Reinhard Wagner,, +49.15222936871

Please send us your non-binding declaration of interest by the end of November 2019.

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