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. APM has a broad range of research initiatives and activities that are open for you and your organisation to engage with at any one time.

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 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.

Current Research

Sponsored research fund

The APM Research Fund has been setup within the research programme to provide funding for small-scale research projects or to provide seed funding for larger research projects. 

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:

APM research summary series

The Association for Project Management (APM) research summary series provides practitioner-friendly summaries drawn from published articles from the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM)

APM commissioned research 

Feedback from APM’s research review highlighted a role for APM in helping to identify and explore the latest trends affecting the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. 

Through commissioning independent research and studies APM aims to inform and support the wider project management community by providing insight into the challenges and future research requirements facing organisations and individuals alike.

Current student research

APM are keen to support the research of students at all levels regarding the management of projects. For the latest student research please click here.

Research and academic events

APM research supports relevant research events and conferences which seek to advance the current and future understandings of the management of projects. By attending academic and research conferences and by sharing the key findings and emergent trends with practitioners, APM aims to support the dissemination of cutting edge research from academia to industry. This is something which APM members highlighted as a crucial area of focus.  Previous examples include sponsorship and support of key academic and research related conferences such as IRNOP 2015.

If you are interested in research or academic events, you may also be interested in reading more about the APM Education Network, which facilitates the development of project management thinking, learning and practice in academic institutions. The network includes lecturers, trainers, researchers and students and practitioners interested in the field of education. The network offers a hub through which ideas are exchanged, meeting the needs of the project management education and research communities.

Do you have any forthcoming research events we should be aware of?

If you have any forthcoming research events that would be of interest to APM, its members and the wider project management community, we would like to hear from you so that we can share the opportunity of attendance or findings arising from the event. For more information please contact:

*Please note that these events would be covered by the APM Third Party Events Policy in that it will aim to support all events which are within the profession’s sphere of interest. The nature of that support will be proportionate to the degree to which the event supports APM and the profession’s objectives.

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