Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management and former Associate Dean at BI Norwegian Business School - Oslo - Norway, as well as adjunct and visiting professor at many other institutions worldwide. He lectures and researches in PMO, leadership, governance, organizational project management, and research methods, which is also the subject of his approximately 200 academic publications. Among the awards, Prof. Müller received in 2016 the PMI Fellow of the Institute Award, in 2015 the PMI Research Achievement Award (a life-time achievement award), in 2012 IPMA Research Award which he received together with Profs. Monique Aubry and Brian Hobbs (University of Quebec á Montreal) for their studies on PMOs, and 2009 Project Management Journal Best Paper of the Year Award. Before joining academia, he spent 30 years in the industry consulting with large enterprises and governments in more than 50 different countries for their project management, governance, and PMOs. He also held related line management positions, such as the Worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Corporation.
Monique Aubry Ph.D. is professor at the School of Business and Management, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She teaches in graduate programs in project management and in the executive MBA program. Her main research interest bears on organizing for projects and organizational design, more specifically on Project Management Offices (PMO). The results of her work have been published in major academic journals in project management and presented at several research and professional conferences. She is member of the Project Management Research Chair (www.pmchair.uqam.ca) and the UQAM’s Health and Society Institute. In 2012, she received the IPMA Research Award for her research on Project Management Offices. Before joining UQAM, Monique Aubry was senior project manager in a major Canadian financial group for more than 20 years. Until recently, she was member of the PMI’s Standards Advisory Group and the Research Inform Steering Committee. She is senior editor for Project Management Journal. She is involved in the local PMI community of practices on Organizational project management where she promotes engaged scholarship and reflexivity between professionals and researchers
Anna uses applied research to solve practical problems with the focus on building learning and innovation capabilities within complex and time-limited project environments, and investigates this phenomenon on individual, project and organisational levels. A large portion of her research focuses on the strategic role of the PMO to broker knowledge between individuals, projects and the organisation. Anna is currently working on the PMI sponsored research exploring multilevel learning dynamics of project-based organizations. In addition to that, Anna is actively engaged in domestic and international collaborations with a number of excellent researchers in the area of knowledge management, PMO and project-based organisations in general.
Hans Georg Gemünden serves as Chairman of Innovation and Technology Management of Technical University of Berlin. Dr. Gemünden serves as a Member of Supervisory Board of Thyssenkrupp Technologies AG. Publications: Lettl, Christopher, Gemünden, Hans Georg (2005): The entrepreneurial role of innovative users. In Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, 20 (7) pp. 339-346. - Hamel, Winfred, Gemünden, Hans Georg (2001): Außergewöhnliche Entscheidungen, Verlag Franz Vahlen,
Dr. Shenhar is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in technology and project management, innovation, strategy, and leadership. He holds five academic degrees in engineering and management, including three degrees from Stanford University and two from the Technion. He was named, “Engineering Manager of the Year,” by the Engineering Management Society of IEEE. He was the first recipient of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Research Achievement Award as well as the recent International Project Management Association (IPMA) Research Achievement Award. Dr. Shenhar was also awarded a PMI Fellow Award and is a Fellow of NASA Science Council of Project Management Research. Dr. Shenhar is also an experienced manager and executive. He served in the Navy, before joining the defense industry, where he has been involved in managing projects, innovation, R&D, and high-tech businesses for almost 20 years. Working for Rafael, Advanced Defense Systems, he participated in all phases of engineering and management -- from project manager up through the highest executive posts. As executive, he served as Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, and later, President of the Electronic Systems Division. In his second career of over 20 years in academia, he was a tenured professor, serving at several universities where he founded new programs in Project and Technology Management, among them Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Minnesota. Dr. Shenhar's research has focused on project and program management, technology and innovation management and leadership of professionals in technology-based organizations. Based on his extensive research, he developed the methods of Strategic Project Leadership(R) and the “Diamond of Innovation,” which teach corporations how to focus projects and innovations on business results and adapt their management processes to the specific goal and context. He is the lead author of the best selling book, "Reinventing Project Management," published by Harvard Press, and selected among the top best five business books of the year. With over 150 publications, which were cited more than 10000 times and published in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, or IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, his writings have influenced project and technology leadership research and education around the world. His publications are highly regarded and used in the curriculum of a growing number of corporations and universities. He served as consultant to major corporations such as 3M, Honeywell, AT&T, Trane, Dow Jones & Co., US Army, NASA, NSA, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Intel, Amdocs, Tata, and the Aerospace Industry.