Faculty Profile

Ralf Müller

Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Dr. Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School and their former Associate Dean for the BI-Fudan MBA programs in China. He is also an Associated Member of the Project Management Research Chair at the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal, holds a Haitian (distinguished) scholarship at Dalian University of Technology in China, and is member of the Senate at ISM University.

He is a visiting professor at Tasly Pharmaceuticals Project Management College, China; Tias Business School / Tilburg University, The Netherlands; University of Economics; Vienna, ISM University, Lithuania; and SKEMA Business School, France. In the past, he was Professor of Business Administration at Umeå University, Sweden. Prior to joining the academic world, he spent 25 years in the industry. There he worked in 47 different countries for the improvement of project management in large organizations and governments. He managed global IT projects and consulting organizations, for example, as worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Teradata. Projects he worked on span from small up to US$ 4.7 billion. In these projects he worked closely with AT&T and Bell Laboratories, USA.

Among the awards he received are the 2016 PMI Fellow of the Institute Award, the 2015 PMI Research (lifetime) Achievement Award, the 2012 IPMA Research Award, the 2009 Best Paper Award by the Project Management Journal, the 2011 Emerald Publishing Best Reviewer Award, and the 2011 AACSB Best Paper in Operations Management Award of the Academy of Business Research Conference, the 2010 Emerald Outstanding Paper Award, the 2010 Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, the IRNOP 2009 Best Conference Paper Award, the Emerald 2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award. Furthermore the Nimbas University 2005 Best Supervisor Award. His doctoral thesis was ranked by EDAMBA among the top eight best doctoral theses in business and management in 2003.

Ralf Müller received his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Henley Management College / Brunel University, UK, and his MBA from Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. He is Senior Editor of the Project Management Journal and a member of the Editorial Review Board of several other academic journals, member of the Academy of Management, Project Management Institute (PMI), the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is a co-founder of PMI's first European Chapter in Frankfurt, Germany and co-founder of the Munich Chapter. He contributed to the PMI Standards for Organizational Project Management Maturity (OPM3), as well as Program and Portfolio Management.

Teaching areas
Ralf Müller lectures on leadership, project management and project governance, program and portfolio management.

In addition he lectures research philosophy and design, research methodologies, case study research,  as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques at doctoral and Master level all over the World..


Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2003 Brunel University Ph.D.
1999 Heriot-Watt University M.B.A.
2003 Brunel University Ph.D.
1999 Heriot-Watt University M.B.A.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2011 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Professor
2006 - Present SKEMA Business School Visiting faculty
2003 - Present Tias Business School Visiting faculty
2011 - 2012 Umeå University Professor
2008 - 2011 BI Norwegian Business School Professor II
2007 - 2010 Umeå University Associate Professor
2005 - 2007 Henley Management College Tutor
2003 - 2007 Umeå University Assistant Professor
1996 - 2002 NCR Corporation Worldwide Director of Project Management
1993 - 1995 NCR Corporation Deputy Director European Professional Services Center of Expertise
1985 - 1992 NCR Corporation Manager Networking Center of Expertise
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