Conference Background

The 2021 Project Management Institute - Research and Academic Conference (RAC) is the 6th in the series conducted by Project Management Institute (PMI), India Region, since 2011. The 2021- PMI-RAC is being hosted by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai. Over the years, the conference has attracted researchers, academicians, professionals, and students of project management from diverse fields of applications. The conference, which will be entirely virtual and online, presents a unique platform to share the research findings and opens the opportunities of research and learning in project management. This year, the conference expands its horizons by transforming into an international conference and will further our knowledge and understanding of various area related to project management.

Theme for PMI RAC 2021

Enhancing project performance: Application of AI and decision science

The advent of AI and data science is transforming the way we manage our projects in ways we would have hardly imagined a few years back. These developments will have tremendous impact on how the projects are conceived, conceptualized and executed now. There is a vast scope to understand their influence on the performance of projects throughout their life cycle. It is an appropriate time for the project management community to reflect on the advances of these fields in terms of their application and integration into project management. Further, there is a need to set course an agenda for the future research to un-earth areas of interest where the application of AI and data sciences can boost the project performance and synchronize with the fundamental principles of project management.

The conference theme – “Enhancing project performance: Application of AI and decision sciences” tries to capture these fundamental themes and philosophies which are before the project management researchers of this age. The conference tries to explore the role of AI and decision science in the areas but not limited to the following areas

  • Project Economy – Turning ideas to reality
  • Business Agility / Agile Project Management
  • Impact of digital disruption in projects
  • Real-time decision making in projects
  • Managing risk in complex projects
  • Project driven supply chains
  • Managing distributed teams

In addition to the above themes, papers are also invited from all related areas of project management.

Delegate profile

  • Faculty and researchers in the areas of project management and related disciplines
  • Students of project management and related disciplines
  • Project management practitioners

Conference highlights

  • Keynote speeches from leading international project management researchers
  • Pre-conference webinars
  • Plenary sessions
  • Technical paper presentations
  • Awards and commemoration of noted academicians/practitioners
  • Networking opportunities

Previous conferences

  • Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), Kozhikode in 2019
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 2017
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai in 2015
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in 2013
  • National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune in 2011