Research introduction

Why is research important to APM?

APM’s research programme aims to advance new and existing knowledge in the delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. 

By developing innovative research and sharing its results and findings, APM helps to develop and promote a profession built around learning and collaboration. In this way, research helps to fulfil APM’s charitable objective (to advance the science, theory and practice of project and programme management for the public benefit).

How did APM research come about?

APM consulted widely in 2014/15 to identify key themes and expectations for future research. This review revealed three key, consistent themes:

  • the need for research from APM to address knowledge gaps or emergent themes;
  • the appetite to disseminate cutting edge research for practitioners;
  • the encouragement of collaboration with other professional bodies and external parties.

APM used these themes, and the findings of the consultation, to refine its research strategy. 

How has research helped APM so far?

APM created a dedicated research function.

  • APM set up the Research Advisory Group (RAG) to provide advice and guidance on its research programme and activities.  
  • APM’s research on the Conditions for Project Success sought to identify the core factors which lead to the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. The findings were launched at the APM Conference in March 2015.
  • Production of the APM Salary and Market Trends report in May 2015 attracted over 2700 responses and became the most downloaded item on APM’s website. 
  • APM sponsored the 12th Conference of  International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP) at UCL in June 2015.  
  • Dissemination and promotional support provided to a number of Volunteer Studies including the NW Branch report on ‘Agile Methodologies’, Knowledge SIG work ‘Knowledge management’ and Thames Valley Branch study on ‘Stakeholder engagement’.  In addition a number of further studies are currently in production including the People SIG’s work on ‘Emotional intelligence’ and the Enabling Change SIG study on a tool to aid project productivity.

How do APM’s research activities relate to one another?

APM Research comprises of a three-tier system of escalating levels of commitment. 

The first stream is APM commissioned research which seeks to provide solutions to key project management questions often through joint working with key stakeholder groups. 

The second stream explores knowledge gaps or emergent themes for further exploration or identified as areas of strategic interest to APM. 

The third stream comprises a number of vehicles including: the creation of an APM Research Fund; supporting the repurposing and dissemination of research for the use of practitioners: and providing validation, support and sourcing for researchers who may require the endorsement of a professional body when bidding for funding to research councils or the EU.

How can you get involved?

There are a number of ways of getting involved – examples include:

  • submitting research proposals for funding;
  • helping to create practitioner research summaries;
  • disseminating research to members of your organisation;
  • participating in any APM research studies, consultations or surveys.

Please contact us with your views and suggestions: research@apm.org.uk

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