Professor Ralf Müller at BI Norwegian Business School has received an international research award for developing new knowledge and practice for project management.

An ever increasing number of tasks are solved through the use of projects. This applies in all types of organisations, both in business and the public sector. Project management is well-established as a dedicated discipline, as well as a field of research.

Professor Ralf Müller of BI Norwegian Business School has received the international PMI 2015 Research Achievement Award.

This award is handed out to reward research which has “significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge and practices of project management”.

Leading position
“This award underscores the leading position of BI Norwegian Business School in the field of project management,” says Ralf Müller.

The award is bestowed by the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI), which is the world’s largest professional organisation for project managers. “This shows that research conducted at BI is relevant not only for academics, but also those who translate research into practice.”

Ralf Müller spent 25 years in industrial project management before starting his career in academia.

A world-leader
Professor Müller is currently counted among the most productive and significant researchers within project management on a global scale. He has published 165 scientific articles and books, and is one of the most frequently quoted researchers in his field.

Müller is receiving the award on the basis of his overall contribution to research, and especially as regards management and governance of projects. The BI professor has also developed new material knowledge regarding the project manager’s governance style, projects as temporary organisations, our understanding of project success and research methods in this field.

What does the award mean to you personally?
“As a relative latecomer to the academic side of project management I feel very much honored to be counted among the world’s most influential researchers in this field. This is certainly a strong motivation and encouragement to continue on the path I have chosen. The best is yet to come,” says Müller.

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