RAAC:ACADEMIA DISCUSSES CHANGING ROLE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PMI India

The Project Management Research & Academic Conference (RAC) that took place from 28 February to 2 March in Kozhikode, Kerala, focussed on the role of “project management in the emerging world of disruption.”

The biennial professional development conference of academics and researchers that entered its fifth edition this year attracted over 100 delegates. The conference host and co-host were the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IITMK), Trivandrum, respectively.

Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM, Kozhikode, inaugurated the conference, followed by a keynote by Prof. L.S. Ganesh of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

PMI India presented awards to academicians for their extraordinary contribution to project management education and research. Dr. Karuna Jain, director, National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, won the PMI India Distinguished Fellow Award that carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh. Two academicians from the National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune, won the PMI India Emerging Scholar Award 2018-19 that carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh each. The winners are Dr. Nilesh Agarchand Patil, assistant professor, School of Construction Management, and Dr. Milind Jagtap, associate professor and head (project engineering & management).

The conference provided an opportunity for industry and academia to come together and share ideas and insights. On the first day, senior practitioners from Tata Consultancy Services, Dassault Systems, and PricewaterhouseCoopers spoke on the theme of the conference.

Dr. Jain led a doctoral colloquium that included Prof Ganesh and Prof Shankar Sankaran from the University of Technology Sydney. The objective of the colloquium was to provide career advice and guidance to doctoral students. Three doctoral students presented their theses, following which the academic community discussed the topics.

PMI RAC also provides the academic community a platform to present papers on a variety of themes. The themes this year were “Project Management in the Emerging World of Disruption,” “Exploring Project Planning from Portfolio to Closure,” “Research Trends of Public Private Partnership in Project,” and “Research Paradigms in Construction and Infrastructure Projects.”

The organizing committee had received a total of 122 papers, of which 49 papers were presented at the conference and 38 papers were included in the conference proceedings. To maintain the integrity of the review process, the papers were selected after a double blind peer review process. That means neither the reviewer nor the author of the paper knew each other’s identity. The delegates received a digital version of the conference proceedings that contained the selected papers.

The delegates also visited an arts village managed by the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society, a 90-year-old co-operative, that gave them a glimpse of the activities of the organization and how it is improving the lives of artisans.