Published research

Although having a research function is a relatively new addition the support services offered by APM to its members and the wider project management community, APM have endeavoured to support project management research or research into the management of projects through supporting individuals and organisations in launching new research concepts, being co-owners of the International Journal for Project Management, investing in research directly through its APM volunteer research fund and commissioning key research on behalf of the project management profession.

APM research reports

On a regular basis APM commission research to support key themes or issues arising from the project management profession.

Recent examples include:

  • APM’s Salary and Market Trends Survey 2016 is the largest of its kind in the UK with insights from almost 5,000 project professionals across multiple sectors. The report offers an in-depth insight into the profession and allows us to see current growth and trends throughout the industry. Almost 5,000 respondents took part in the survey throughout 2016. Respondents were drawn from a number of backgrounds including project managers, board members and recruiters.
  • APM’s Conditions for Project Success sought to identify the core factors which lead to the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. The principal findings arising from the research were launched at the APM Conference in March 2015.
  • APM’s Salary and Market Trends Survey 2015 was designed to help create vital career development research that will provide project professionals and employers with an overview of the project management profession in terms of salaries, packages and market trends.
  • Knowledge ManagementKnowledge management is widely misunderstood in project management. Many people think knowledge management is a matter of capturing some ‘lessons’ at the end of a project; it isn’t. A lack of alignment between an organisation’s understanding of ‘knowledge’, its approach to knowledge management, and what it actually does to manage knowledge can lead to confusion, misunderstandings and poor focus.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engaging stakeholders is one of the most important activities a project manager needs to undertake. All the project deliverables can be undermined if there are areas of an organisation with poor stakeholder commitment, and yet there is very little information available to those who are starting out in project management. For this reason, the Stakeholder Engagement Focus Group – an APM-funded research project, led by the Oxford APM Chapter – put together this collection of tools, techniques, patterns, papers and case studies which we hope you find useful.
  • Practical Adoption of Agile MethodologiesAPM has sponsored a review of the practical adoption of agile methodology in project management in the North West. The report was written by the APM North West branch.


APM offers a range of journals, books, guides and case studies as a result of our research activities.

View APM publications available for purchase in the bookshop or access free downloads in our library.

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