Faculty Profile

Ralf Müller

Professor - Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

Biography

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

Müller, Ralf Josef; Sankaran, Shankar, Drouin, Nathalie, Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Bekker, Michiel C. & Jain, Karuna (2018)

A theory framework for balancing vertical and horizontal leadership in projects

International Journal of Project Management, 36(1), s. 83- 94. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.07.003

This paper develops a framework for understanding the interaction between person-centered leadership by project managers (a.k.a. vertical leadership (VLS)) and team-centered leadership by individuals in the project team (a.k.a. horizontal leadership (HSL)). It builds on Archer's Realist Social Theory and its morphogenetic cycle, which describes the interaction of structure with agency for task fulfillment and the resulting reshaping (morphogenesis) or continuation (morphostasis) of structure for subsequent iterations of the cycle. Data were collected globally in 33 case studies with 166 interviews and analyzed using Alvesson's Constructing Mystery technique. A theory about the cycles and events that shape the interaction between VLS and HLS is developed, which includes events such as nomination, identification, selection, execution and governance, as well as transitioning. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.

Müller, Ralf; Zhai, Li & Wang, Anyu (2017)

Governance and governmentality in projects: Profiles and relationships with success

International Journal of Project Management, 35(3), s. 378- 392. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.01.007

This study investigates the role of governance and governmentality in project and organizational success. Results from 121 responses to a worldwide survey provided for profiling of different governance and governmentality approaches at different levels of success, and quantitative investigation of the relationships between them. Results support the model of governmentality being positively related with both project level and organizational level success. Governance as structural context variable moderates this relationship. Moderation takes place at the project level through the governance mechanisms (trust and control) influencing the strength of the relationship, and at the organizational level through governance complexity, measured as the number of governance institutions involved in projects, influencing the form of the relationship. Contingency theory serves as a theoretical lens to interpret and discuss the findings, as well as theoretical and managerial implications.

Müller, Ralf; Pemsel, Sofia & Shao, Jingting (2015)

Organizational enablers for project governance and governmentality in project-based organziations

International Journal of Project Management, 33(4), s. 839- 851. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.07.008

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2015)

New Insights into Project Management Research: A Natural Sciences Comparative

Project Management Journal, 46(2), s. 73- 89. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21472

Yu, Miao; Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Müller, Ralf Josef, Wang, Linzhuo & Zhu, Fangwei (2018)

Empowerment: the key to horizontal leadership in project teams

International Journal of Project Management Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j. ijproman.2018.04.003

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf Josef & Sankaran, Shankar (2018)

Balancing vertical and horizontal leadership in projects: Empirical studies from Australia, Canada, Norway and Sweden

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business Doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-01-2018-0002

Pilkienė, Margarita; Alonderienė, Raimonda, Chmieliauskas, Alfredas, Šimkonis, Saulius & Müller, Ralf Josef (2018)

The governance of horizontal leadership in projects

International Journal of Project Management, 36(7), s. 913- 924.

Müller, Ralf Josef; Zhu, Fangwei, Sun, Xiuxia, Wang, Linzhuo & Yu, Miao (2018)

The identification of temporary horizontal leaders in projects: The case of China

International Journal of Project Management, 36(1), s. 95- 107. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.05.011

Balanced leadership in projects describes the dynamic transition of leadership authority between the project manager and one or more team members. Within this concept, the present study investigates the context, criteria, and processes for identifying project team members as candidates for the role of horizontal leader. Five case studies, followed by validation interviews were conducted in China. Results show that structure and agency by the project manager set the context, wherein professionality, personality and attitudinal characteristics of team members are evaluated for identification. This is executed in two parallel processes, where the project manager evaluates, develops and assesses candidates, and the team members evaluate their situation, compete with others, develop their skills, and look for guidance from the project manager. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.

Müller, Ralf Josef; Sankaran, Shankar, Drouin, Nathalie, Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Bekker, Michiel C. & Jain, Karuna (2018)

A theory framework for balancing vertical and horizontal leadership in projects

International Journal of Project Management, 36(1), s. 83- 94. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.07.003

This paper develops a framework for understanding the interaction between person-centered leadership by project managers (a.k.a. vertical leadership (VLS)) and team-centered leadership by individuals in the project team (a.k.a. horizontal leadership (HSL)). It builds on Archer's Realist Social Theory and its morphogenetic cycle, which describes the interaction of structure with agency for task fulfillment and the resulting reshaping (morphogenesis) or continuation (morphostasis) of structure for subsequent iterations of the cycle. Data were collected globally in 33 case studies with 166 interviews and analyzed using Alvesson's Constructing Mystery technique. A theory about the cycles and events that shape the interaction between VLS and HLS is developed, which includes events such as nomination, identification, selection, execution and governance, as well as transitioning. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.

Müller, Ralf Josef; Sankaran, Shankar, Drouin, Nathalie, Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Bekker, Michiel C. & Jain, Karuna (2018)

A theory framework for balancing vertical and horizontal leadership in projects

International Journal of Project Management, 36(1), s. 83- 94. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.07.003

This paper develops a framework for understanding the interaction between person-centered leadership by project managers (a.k.a. vertical leadership (VLS)) and team-centered leadership by individuals in the project team (a.k.a. horizontal leadership (HSL)). It builds on Archer's Realist Social Theory and its morphogenetic cycle, which describes the interaction of structure with agency for task fulfillment and the resulting reshaping (morphogenesis) or continuation (morphostasis) of structure for subsequent iterations of the cycle. Data were collected globally in 33 case studies with 166 interviews and analyzed using Alvesson's Constructing Mystery technique. A theory about the cycles and events that shape the interaction between VLS and HLS is developed, which includes events such as nomination, identification, selection, execution and governance, as well as transitioning. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (2017)

The Nature of Organizational Project Management through the Lens of Integration

Sankaran, Shankar; Müller, Ralf & Drouin, Nathalie (red.). Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management

Müller, Ralf; Packendorff, Johann & Sankaran, Shankar (2017)

Balanced Leadership: A New Perspective for Leadership in Organizational Project Management

Sankaran, Shankar; Müller, Ralf & Drouin, Nathalie (red.). Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management

Turner, Rodney J. & Müller, Ralf (2017)

The Governance of Organizational Project Management

Sankaran, Shankar; Müller, Ralf & Drouin, Nathalie (red.). Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management

Müller, Ralf; Zhai, Li & Wang, Anyu (2017)

Governance and governmentality in projects: Profiles and relationships with success

International Journal of Project Management, 35(3), s. 378- 392. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.01.007

This study investigates the role of governance and governmentality in project and organizational success. Results from 121 responses to a worldwide survey provided for profiling of different governance and governmentality approaches at different levels of success, and quantitative investigation of the relationships between them. Results support the model of governmentality being positively related with both project level and organizational level success. Governance as structural context variable moderates this relationship. Moderation takes place at the project level through the governance mechanisms (trust and control) influencing the strength of the relationship, and at the organizational level through governance complexity, measured as the number of governance institutions involved in projects, influencing the form of the relationship. Contingency theory serves as a theoretical lens to interpret and discuss the findings, as well as theoretical and managerial implications.

Sankaran, Shankar; Müller, Ralf & Drouin, Nathalie (2017)

Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management

Cambridge University Press.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2017)

Work Motivation in Temporary Organizations: A Review of Literature Grounded in Job Design Perspective

Benlamri, Rachid & Sparer, Michael (red.). Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Driving Forces of the Global Economy - Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICLIE)

Müller, Ralf; Turner, Rodney J., Andersen, Erling S., Shao, Jingting & Kvalnes, Øyvind (2017)

Governance and Ethics in Temporary Organizations: The Mediating Role of Corporate Governance

Project Management Journal, 47(6), s. 7- 23.

Müller, Ralf; Zhai, Li & Wang, Anyu (2017)

Governance and governmentality in projects: Profiles and relationships with success

International Journal of Project Management, 35(3), s. 378- 392. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.01.007

This study investigates the role of governance and governmentality in project and organizational success. Results from 121 responses to a worldwide survey provided for profiling of different governance and governmentality approaches at different levels of success, and quantitative investigation of the relationships between them. Results support the model of governmentality being positively related with both project level and organizational level success. Governance as structural context variable moderates this relationship. Moderation takes place at the project level through the governance mechanisms (trust and control) influencing the strength of the relationship, and at the organizational level through governance complexity, measured as the number of governance institutions involved in projects, influencing the form of the relationship. Contingency theory serves as a theoretical lens to interpret and discuss the findings, as well as theoretical and managerial implications.

Jia, Guangshe; Yan, Songyu, Wang, Wenjun, Müller, Ralf & Lin, Chen (2016)

An Empirical Study on the Generation Mechanism of NIMBY Conflicts of Construction Projects

Frontiers of Engineering Management, 3(1), s. 39- 49.

Müller, Ralf & Kvalnes, Øyvind (2016)

Project governance and project ethics

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Governance mechanisms in projects

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Private sector practices

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Strategic organizational enablers

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Tactical organizational enablers

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf; Andersen, Erling S., Klakegg, Ole Jonny & Volden, Gro Holst (2016)

Governance institutions

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Governance models and paradigms

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Governance theories

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Organizational project governance

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Introduction

Müller, Ralf (red.). Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Müller, Ralf (2016)

Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, Practices and Consequences

Routledge.

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2016)

Identifying interesting project phenomena using philosophical and methodological triangulation

International Journal of Project Management, 34(6), s. 1043- 1056. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.05.005

Müller, Ralf; Zhai, Li, Wang, Anyu & Shao, Jingting (2016)

A framework for governance of projects: Governmentality, governance structure and projectification

International Journal of Project Management, 34(6), s. 957- 969. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.05.002

Müller, Ralf; Shao, Jingting & Pemsel, Sofia (2016)

Organizational Enablers for Project Governance

Project Management Institute.

Pemsel, Sofia; Müller, Ralf & Söderlund, Jonas (2016)

Knowledge governance strategies in project-based organizations

Long range planning, 49(6), s. 648- 660. Doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2016.01.001

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2016)

The Relationship between Project Governance and Project Success

International Journal of Project Management, 34(4), s. 613- 626. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.01.008

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2016)

The Impact of Project Methodologies on Project Success in Different Project Environments

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 9(2), s. 364- 388. Doi: 10.1108/IJMPB-03-2015-0025

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2016)

Personality and Work Motivation as Determinants of Project Success: The Mediating Role of Organizational and Professional Commitment

International Journal of Management Development, 1(3), s. 229- 245.

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2015)

Relationships between a project management methodology and project success in different project governance contexts

International Journal of Project Management, 33(6), s. 1377- 1392. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.03.005

Müller, Ralf; Pemsel, Sofia & Shao, Jingting (2015)

Organizational enablers for project governance and governmentality in project-based organziations

International Journal of Project Management, 33(4), s. 839- 851. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.07.008

Tsaturyan, Tamara & Müller, Ralf (2015)

Integration and governance of multiple project management offices (PMOs) at large organizations

International Journal of Project Management, 33(5), s. 1098- 1110. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.01.003

Müller, Ralf & Martinsuo, Miia (2015)

The impact of relational norms on information technology project success and its moderation through project governance

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 8(1), s. 154- 176. Doi: 10.1108/IJMPB-04-2014-0036

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2015)

New Insights into Project Management Research: A Natural Sciences Comparative

Project Management Journal, 46(2), s. 73- 89. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21472

Müller, Ralf; Pemsel, Sofia & Shao, Jingting (2015)

Organizational enablers for project governance and governmentality in project-based organziations

International Journal of Project Management, 33(4), s. 839- 851. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.07.008

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2015)

New Insights into Project Management Research: A Natural Sciences Comparative

Project Management Journal, 46(2), s. 73- 89. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21472

Müller, Ralf (2014)

Ethics and Governance in the Temporary Organization

Klimoski, Richard J.; Dugan, Beverly, Messikomer, Carla & Chiocchio, Francois (red.). Advancing Human Resource Project Management

Müller, Ralf & Lecoeuvre, Laurence (2014)

Operationalizing governance categories of projects

International Journal of Project Management, 32(8), s. 1346- 1357. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.04.005

Müller, Ralf; Pemsel, Sofia & Shao, Jingting (2014)

Organizational enablers for governance and governmentality of projects: A literature review

International Journal of Project Management, 32(8), s. 1309- 1320. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.03.007

Pemsel, Sofia; Wiewiora, Anna, Müller, Ralf, Aubry, Monique & Brown, K. (2014)

A conceptualization of knowledge governance in project-based organizations

International Journal of Project Management, 32(8), s. 1411- 1422. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.01.010

Müller, Ralf; Turner, Rodney, Andersen, Erling S., Shao, Jingting & Kvalnes, Øyvind (2014)

Ethics, Trust, and Governance in Temporary Organziations

Project Management Journal, 45(4), s. 39- 54. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21432

Müller, Ralf (2014)

The Governance of Projects and Project Management

Turner, Rodney J. (red.). Gower Handbook of Project Management

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (2013)

Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research

Copenhagen Business School Press.

Gyawali, P; Tao, Y & Müller, Ralf (2013)

Project Control Mechanisms in Non-Project-Based Organizations in Asia

International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 5(4), s. 312- 333. Doi: 10.1504/IJPOM.2013.058380

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (2013)

Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational

Copenhagen Business School Press.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2013)

Work motivation as a determinant of organisational and professional commitment in temporary organisations: theoretical lenses and propositions

The Journal of Project, Program and Portfolio Management, 4(1), s. 11- 29.

Müller, Ralf; Andersen, Erling S., Kvalnes, Øyvind, Shao, Jingting, Sankaran, Shankar, Turner, Rodney, Biesenthal, Christopher, Walker, Derek H.T. & Gudergan, Siegfried (2013)

The Interrelationship of Governance,Trust, and Ethics in Temporary Organizations

Project Management Journal, 44(4), s. 26- 44. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21350

Müller, Ralf & Joslin, Robert (2013)

A Natural Sciences Comparative to Develop New Insights for Project Management Research: Genotyping and Phenotyping

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (red.). Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational

Müller, Ralf & Shao, Jingting (2013)

A Model of the Dynamics in Theory Development

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (red.). Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (2013)

Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational

Copenhagen Business School Press.

Müller, Ralf; Glückler, Johannes, Aubry, Monique & Shao, Jingting (2013)

Project Management Knowledge Flows in Networks of Project Managers and Project Management Offices: A Case Study in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Project Management Journal, 44(2), s. 4- 19. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21326

Müller, Ralf; Glückler, Johannes & Aubry, Monique (2013)

A Relational Typology of Project Management Offices

Project Management Journal, 44(1), s. 59- 76. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.21321

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2012)

The Relation between Work Motivation and Project Management Success in case of Temporary Organizations: Theoretical Lenses

Valentine, Randall (red.). Academy of Business Research Journal

Müller, Ralf & Jugdev, Kam (2012)

Critical success factors in projects: Pinto, Slevin, and Prescott - the elucidation of project success

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 5(4), s. 757- 775. Doi: 10.1108/17538371211269040

Eweje, John; Turner, Rodney & Müller, Ralf (2012)

Maximizing strategic value from megaprojects: The influence of information-feed on decision-making by the project manager

International Journal of Project Management, 30(6), s. 639- 651. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.01.004

Pemsel, Sofia & Müller, Ralf (2012)

The governance of knowledge in project-based organizations

International Journal of Project Management, 30(8), s. 865- 876. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.02.002

Aubry, Monique; Müller, Ralf & Glückler, Johannes (2012)

Governance and Communities of PMOs

Project Management Institute.

Shao, Jingting; Müller, Ralf & Turner, Rodney J. (2012)

Measuring program success

Project Management Journal, 43(1), s. 37- 49. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.20286

Biedenbach, Thomas & Müller, Ralf (2012)

Absorptive, innovative and adaptive capabilities and their impact on project and project portfolio performance

International Journal of Project Management, 30(5), s. 621- 635. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.01.016

Müller, Ralf; Geraldi, Joana & Turner, Rodney J. (2012)

Relationships between Leadership and Success in Different Types of Project Complexities

IEEE transactions on engineering management, 59(1), s. 77- 90. Doi: 10.1109/TEM.2011.2114350

Müller, Ralf (2011)

Project Governance

Morris, Peter W. G.; Pinto, Jeffrey K. & Søderlund, Jonas (red.). The Oxford handbook of project management

Biedenbach, Thomas & Müller, Ralf (2011)

Paradigms in Project Management Research: Examples from 15 Years of IRNOP Conferences

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 4(1), s. 82- 104. Doi: 10.1108/17538371111096908

Shao, Jingting & Müller, Ralf (2011)

The development of constructs of program context and program success: A qualitative study

International Journal of Project Management, 29(8), s. 947- 959. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.02.003

Müller, Ralf (2011)

Xiang mu zhi li

China Publishing House of Electronics Industry.

Project Governance

Butt, Majid; Kansanen, Kimmo & Müller, Ralf (2011)

Individual Packet Deadline Constrained Opportunistic Scheduling For a Multiuser System

IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Proceedings Doi: 10.1109/VETECS.2011.5956222

Aubry, Monique; Müller, Ralf & Glückler, Johannes (2011)

Exploring PMOs Through Community of Practice Theory

Project Management Journal, 42(5), s. 42- 56. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.20259

Müller, Ralf & Turner, RJ (2010)

Project-oriented leadership

Gower Publishing Ltd..

Müller, Ralf & Turner, Rodney J. (2010)

Leadership competency profiles of successful project managers

International Journal of Project Management, 28, s. 437- 448.

Müller, Ralf & Turner, Rodney J. (2010)

Attitudes and leadership competences for project success

Baltic Journal of Management, 5(3), s. 307- 329.

Aubry, Monique; Hobbs, Brian, Müller, Ralf & Blomquist, Tomas (2010)

Identifying Forces Driving PMO Changes

Project Management Journal, 41(4), s. 30- 45. Doi: 10.1002/pmj.20191

Abril, Raul M. & Müller, Ralf (2009)

Lessons Learned as Organizational Project Memories

Girard, John P. (red.). Building organizational memories : will you know what you knew?

Müller, Ralf (2009)

Leadership in technology project management

Kidd, Terry T. (red.). Handbook of research on technology project management, planning, and operations

Turner, J. R.; Müller, Ralf & Dulewicz, Vic (2009)

Comparing the leadership styles of functional and project managers

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 2(2), s. 198- 216.

Bains, Robert; Müller, Ralf & Kalis, Antonis (2009)

Link Performance of an ESPAR-Antenna Array in Rich Scattering and Clustered Channels

Wireless personal communications, 50(1), s. 45- 56. Doi: 10.1007/s11277-008-9544-8

Müller, Ralf; Martinsuo, Miia & Blomquist, Tomas (2008)

Project Portfolio Control and Portfolio Management Performance in Different Contexts

Project Management Journal, 39(3), s. 28- 42.

Müller, Ralf (2017)

Governance and PMOs

Webinar [Internett]

Konstantinou, Efrosyni & Müller, Ralf (2016)

On the role of philosophy in project management

PMI Frankfurt Chapter Newsletter [Fagblad]

Müller, Ralf Josef & Klein, Gary (1)

Introducing the Editorial Board and Future Special Issues

Project Management Journal [Kronikk]

Müller, Ralf Josef & Klein, Gary (1)

From the Editors-in-Chief: Project Management Journal Changes

Project Management Journal [Kronikk]

Huemann, Martina; Keegan, A & Müller, Ralf Josef (1)

Essays in honour of J Rodney Turner: A Festschrift

International Journal of Project Management [Kronikk]

Konstantinou, Efrosyni & Müller, Ralf (1)

The role of philosophy in project management

Project Management Journal [Kronikk]

Müller, Ralf (1)

The Migration of Methodologies for Project Management Research

Project Management Journal [Kronikk]

Müller, Ralf & Söderlund, Jonas (1)

Innovative approaches in project management research

International Journal of Project Management [Kronikk]

Müller, Ralf (1)

Ethics in Project Management

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business [Kronikk]

Söderlund, Jonas & Müller, Ralf (1)

Project Management and Organization Theory: IRNOP Meets PMJ

Project Management Journal [Kronikk]

Müller, Ralf Josef; Drouin, Nathalie & Sankaran, Shankar (2018)

Governance of Organizational Project Management and Megaprojects using the Viable Governance Model

[Academic lecture]. Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Müller, Ralf Josef (2018)

Balancing Person-Centric and Team-Centric Leadership in Projects

[Academic lecture]. Public lecture.

Müller, Ralf Josef; Sankaran, Shankar & Drouin, Nathalie (2018)

Horizontal Leadership’s Influence on Project Success and the Role of the Cognitive Space

[Academic lecture]. EURAM Conference.

Müller, Ralf (2017)

Governance and Governmentality for Projects: Enablers, practices and consequences

[Academic lecture]. Invited guest lecture.

Müller, Ralf (2017)

Governance and Governmentality for Projects

[Academic lecture]. Invited guest lecture.

Müller, Ralf (2017)

Leadership in Projects: From Personalities to Processes

[Academic lecture]. Invited guest lecture.

Müller, Ralf (2017)

Balanced Leadership in Projects

[Academic lecture]. Invited guest lecture.

Roden, Eileen; Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2017)

PMO Principles

[Popular scientific book]. IPMO Advisory AG.

Konstantinou, Efrosyni & Müller, Ralf (2017)

On nobles and slaves: readings from Nietzsche in the business world

[Academic lecture]. Philosophy of Management Conference.

Iftikhar, Rehab & Müller, Ralf (2017)

Crises and coping strategies in megaprojects: The case of the Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro Bus project in Pakistan

[Academic lecture]. EURAM 2017 Conference.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2017)

Practopoietic Lens to Conceptualize Temporary Organizing

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP 2017 Conference.

Sun, Xiuxia; Zhu, Fangwei, Sun, Mouxuan, Müller, Ralf & Yu, Miao (2017)

Dynamic equilibrium of efficiency and flexibility in project-oriented organizations: An exploratory study of organizational antecedents

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP 2017 Conference.

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf, Sankaran, Shankar, Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Nikolova, Natalia & Jain, Karuna (2017)

Balanced leadership in projects: The concept of socio-cognitive space to support the building of organizational capabilities. The "Project Hat"

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP 2017 Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Zhu, Fangwei, Sun, Xiuxia, Wang, Linzhuo & Yu, Miao (2017)

The identification of temporary horizontal leaders in projects: The case of China

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP 2017 Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Sankaran, Shankar, Drouin, Nathalie, Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Bekker, M & Jain, Karuna (2017)

A theory framework for balancing vertical and horizontal leadership in projects

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP 2017.

Müller, Ralf (2017)

Leadership in Projects. Personalities and Approaches

[Academic lecture]. PROLOG Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Sankaran, Shankar & Drouin, Nathalie (2017)

Conclusions

Sankaran, Shankar; Müller, Ralf & Drouin, Nathalie (red.). Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management

Agarwal, Upasna A.; Dixit, Vijaya, Jain, Karuna, Sankaran, Shankar, Nikolova, Natalia, Müller, Ralf & Drouin, Nathalie (2017)

Exploring Vertical and Horizontal Leadership in Project: A comparison of Indian and Australian

[Academic lecture]. Project Management Research & Academic Conference 2017.

Konstantinou, Efrosyni & Müller, Ralf (2016)

Thinking about the role of philosophy in project management

[Academic lecture]. British Academy of Management Conference (BAM2016).

Drouin, Nathalie; Sankaran, Shankar & Müller, Ralf (2016)

The nature of organizational project management and its role as an organizational capability

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM).

Müller, Ralf; Nikolova, Natalia, Sankaran, Shankar, Zhu, Fangwei, Xu, Xiaohang, Vaagaasar, Anne Live & Drouin, Nathalie (2016)

Leading Projects by Balancing Vertical and Horizontal Leadership –International Case Studies

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM).

Müller, Ralf; Zhai, Li & Wang, Anyu (2016)

A Framework for Governance in the Realm of Projects

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM).

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2016)

Work Motivation in Temporary Organizations: A Review of Literature grounded in Job Design Perspective

[Academic lecture]. International Conference on Leadership Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Müller, Ralf; Vaagaasar, Anne Live, Nikolova, Natalia, Sankaran, Shankar & Drouin, Nathalie (2015)

The socio-cognitive space for linking horizontal and vertical leadership

[Academic lecture]. APROS EGOS Conference.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2015)

Towards an Understanding of Work Motivation in Temporary Organizations

[Article in business/trade/industry journal]. PM World Journal, 4(9)

Müller, Ralf (2015)

Mystery Construction - A reflection on the use of a contemporary theory development method

[Academic lecture]. EDEN Doctoral Workshop.

Müller, Ralf (2015)

A Model of the Dynamics in Theory Development

[Academic lecture]. EDEN Doctoral Workshop.

Müller, Ralf; Turner, J. R., Andersen, Erling S., Shao, Jingting & Kvalnes, Øyvind (2015)

Governance and ethics in temporary organizations: how corporate governance influences the temporary organization

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

Jia, Guangshe; Aubry, Monique, Müller, Ralf, Mou, Qiang, Liu, Yang, Huang, Qinli, Wang, Xueying, Yan, Songyu & Brunet, Maude (2015)

The impact of sociological context on the early phases and the role of the PMO as a coordination mechanism: learning from construction megaprojects in China

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

Haghshenas, Anoosheh & Müller, Ralf (2015)

Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Resilience

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference.

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2015)

Using philosophical and methodological triangulation to identify interesting phenomena

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2015)

Towards an Understanding of Work Motivation in Temporary Organizations

[Academic lecture]. Project Management Symposium.

Müller, Ralf & Turner, Rodney J. (2015)

Leadership success of project managers

[Article in business/trade/industry journal]. PM Watch, 2(1), s. 16- 20.

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2014)

The impact of project methodologies on project success in different context

[Academic lecture]. PMI Research & Education Conference.

Pemsel, Sofia; Müller, Ralf & Shao, Jingting (2014)

Organizational enablers in project-based organizations: the case of project governance and governmentality

[Academic lecture]. PMI Research & Education Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Turner, Rodney J., Andersen, Erling S., Shao, Jingting & Kvalnes, Øyvind (2014)

Governance, trust and ethics in temporary organizations: how corporate governance influences the temporary organization

[Academic lecture]. EGOS Colloquium.

Medina, Alicia; Müller, Ralf & Turner, Rodney J. (2014)

Investigating the factors that cause the struggles that project managers and functional managers have in matrix organizations

[Academic lecture]. EURAM 2014.

Joslin, Robert & Müller, Ralf (2014)

New Insights into Project Management Research: A Natural Sciences Comparative

[Academic lecture]. EURAM 2014.

Müller, Ralf & Turner, Rodney J. (2014)

Project-oriented Leadership

Dalcher, Darren (red.). Advances in Project Management

Müller, Ralf (2014)

Project Governance

Dalcher, Darren (red.). Advances in Project Management

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2014)

Personality and Work Motivation as Determinants of Project Success: The Mediating Role of Organizational and Professional Commitment

[Academic lecture]. Abu Dhabi University Annual Research Conference.

De Paoli, Donatella; Vaagaasar, Anne Live & Müller, Ralf (2013)

Project Leadership and Work Space

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP XI Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

Drouin, Nathalie; Müller, Ralf & Sankaran, Shankar (2013)

Is Project Management Research Beginning to Sound like a Broken Record? How can we improve its rigor?

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP XI Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

Müller, Ralf; Turner, Rodney J., Andersen, Erling S., Shao, Jingting & Kvalnes, Øyvind (2013)

Ethics, Trust and Governance in Temporary Organizations: Building trust through the governance paradigm

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP XI Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

Pemsel, Sofia; Wiewiora, Anna, Müller, Ralf, Aubry, Monique & Brown, Kerry (2013)

Knowledge Governance in Project-based Organizations: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP XI Conference (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects).

Müller, Ralf (2013)

Ethical Issues in Projects and their Governance Context

[Academic lecture]. PMI Global Congress - EMEA.

Müller, Ralf (2013)

New Research on the Integrative Role of PMOs

[Academic lecture]. PMI Global Congress EMEA.

Kvalnes, Øyvind; Andersen, Erling S. & Müller, Ralf (2012)

På sporet av tillit i prosjektledelse

[Popular scientific article]. BI Leadership Magazine, 2011/2012

Müller, Ralf; Andersen, Erling S., Kvalnes, Øyvind, Shao, Jingting, Shankar, Sankaran, Turner, Rodney J., Biesenthal, Chris, Walker, Derek H.T. & Gudergan, Siegfried (2012)

The Interrelationship between Governance, Trust and Ethics in Temporary Organizations

[Academic lecture]. PMI Research & Education Conference.

Sheikh, Rizwan & Müller, Ralf (2012)

The Relationship between Culturally Endorsed Leadership Theory (CLT) Factors and Project Success: A Literature Review

[Academic lecture]. PMI Research & Education Conference.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2012)

Understanding the relation between work motivation, organizational commitment, and professional commitment among project workers

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Business Research Conference.

Müller, Ralf (2011)

Research methods in project and project management

[Academic lecture]. EDEN Doctoral Seminar.

Müller, Ralf & Shao, Jingting (2011)

Investigating Multi-Dimensional Leadership at Multiple Organizational Levels Using Mixed Methods Approaches

[Academic lecture]. Mixed Methods Research Conf.

Müller, Ralf & Aubry, Monique (2011)

Understanding Organizations through Mixed Method Approaches: the case of Project Management Offices

[Academic lecture]. Mixed Methods Research Conf.

Eweje, John; Turner, Rodney J. & Müller, Ralf (2011)

Maximizing Strategic Value from Megaprojects: The Influence of Information-Feed on Decision-making by the Project Manager

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference.

Medina, Alicia; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2011)

The Fight for Resources Management: a Source of Struggles between Project Managers and Functional Managers in Matrix Organizations

[Academic lecture]. European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2011)

Work Motivation as Determinant of Organizational and Professional Commitment in Case of Temporary Organizations: Theoretical Perspectives

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP X Conference.

Biedenbach, Thomas & Müller, Ralf (2011)

The Impact of absorptive, innovative and adaptive capabilities on project and portfolio performance

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP X Conference.

Müller, Ralf & Tsatsuryan, Tamara (2011)

Integration in Project Governance

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP X Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Shao, Jingting & Turner, Rodney J. (2011)

A Framework of Program Success

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP X Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Aubry, Monique & Glückler, Johannes (2011)

A Relational Typology of Project Management Offices

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP X Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Aubry, Monique & Glückler, Johannes (2011)

Project Management Office as a Community of Practice

[Academic lecture]. PMI Global Congress North America.

Dwivedula, Ravi; Bredillet, Christophe & Müller, Ralf (2011)

The Relation between Work Motivation and Project Management Success in case of Temporary Organizations: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Findings

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Business Research Conference.

Aubry, Monique; Hobbs, Brian, Müller, Ralf & Blomquist, Tomas (2011)

Project Management Offices in Transition

[Popular scientific article]. Project Management, s. 48- 53.

Müller, Ralf (2011)

Project Governance

[Popular scientific article]. UPGRADE : The European Journal for the Informatics Professional, 12(5), s. 87- 90.

Gardasevic, Vesna; Müller, Ralf & Øien, Geir Egil (2010)

Hopfield Neural Networks for Vector Precoding

[Academic lecture]. The International Zurich Seminar on Communications (IZS).

Müller, Ralf; Turner, J. R. & Dulewicz, Vic (2009)

Leadership Styles of Functional and Project Managers Compared

[Academic lecture]. International Expert Seminar of the International Project Management Association.

Müller, Ralf; Aubry, M., Hobbs, Brian & Blomquist, T (2009)

PMOs in Transition

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP IX Conference.

Müller, Ralf & Biedenbach, Thomas (2009)

Paradigms in Project Management Research: Examples from 15 Years of IRNOP Conferences

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP IX Conference.

Müller, Ralf; Gyawali, P & Tao, Yang (2009)

Project Control Mechanisms in Non-Project-Based Organizations in Asia

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP IX conference.

Müller, Ralf; Shao, J. & Turner, JR (2009)

The Program Manager's Leadership Style and Program Success: A Literature Review and Research Outline

[Academic lecture]. IRNOP IX Conference.

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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