The IPMA Research Conference was founded in 2013, and as a Think Tank, it aims to bring researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners in project management together who share a common passion for their discipline. During the conference, they discuss and exchange research ideas and achievements on the topic of projects and its management. The distinctive feature of this small in size conference is the intense dialogue between practitioners and academics, which can neither be found at scientific or professional conferences). The special spirit of the IPMA Research Conferences can be particularly felt in the World Café sessions where the participants can gain new insight perspectives for today´s challenges in project management.

In 2019, the IPMA Research Conference is organized in Zagreb, Croatia, on Trust in major and mega projects.

Trust in Major and Mega Projects – 7th IPMA Research Conference, 4-7 September 2019

The paramount epistemological question concerning trust is whether, or not – to trust someone or something. Trust enhances cooperation and s often viewed as a foundation for social order and an important social resource that facilitates collaboration and enables coordinated social interaction. In this connection, projects as temporary organizational frameworks deserve special attention. Various types of trust are deeply embedded in megaprojects, which concern many layers of civil society. In particular: interpersonal, intra-firm, and inter-firm trust becomes intertwined in intra-project trust. This is where psychology, sociology, and economics are needed to understand all the interactions involved.
Megaprojects are temporary endeavors (i.e. projects) characterized by large investment commitment, vast complexity (especially in organizational terms), and long-lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and society.
An emerging field of research in Megaprojects is trust, corruption and unethical behavior. Megaprojects are also an ideal setting for trustful, corrupted and unethical behavior because of their characteristics in terms of Size, Uniqueness, Government involvement, Number of contractual links, Project complexity, Concealed work, Culture of secrecy, entrenched national interests etc.
The research literature and the global standards, such as IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (ICB) consider trust as an important social competence that allows achieving success in projects. In major and mega projects, developing trust is hence even more important, due to above-noted challenges.

This year theme of the 7th IPMA Research Conference 2019 is Trust in Major and Megaprojects.
The conference will go in parallel with 14th International Conference on Organization, Technology and Management in Construction and IPMA Megaproject SIG which will be a perfect setting for networking amongst different communities of practice interested in trust and mega projects.


  • Stakeholder management influence on trust
  • Trust and project performance
  • Corruption in projects
  • Job satisfaction and trust in projects
  • Trust in different procurement routes
  • Value of trust in project business
  • Trust as the leaver of success in projects
  • Trust as a governance mechanism
  • Drivers and barriers in building trust in projects

Global Research Awards

On a yearly basis, IPMA recognises outstanding project management research carried out by young researchers, established researchers, and teams. Researchers with an outstanding lifetime contribution to project management research may also be recognised via an Achievement Award. The IPMA Research Awards promote excellence in the research community.

Benefits for researchers:

  • Receiving recognition from a global group of judges
  • Gaining visibility in the global research community
  • Contributing to PM research excellence
  • Boosting career
  • Getting recognised
  • Networking with peers
  • Celebrating results