Conference background

The Project Management Research & Academic Conference is a three-day professional development event and the fifth in the series of Research & Academic Conferences (RAC) conducted by Project Management Institute (PMI) India biennially since 2011.

The RAC 2019 is being hosted by Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITMK), Trivandrum and co-hosted by Indian Institute of Management (IIMK), Kozhikode.

The last four conferences received overwhelming responses from scholars, senior practitioners and students. Experts from industry as well as education fraternity interacted with professionals to identify and seek solutions to bridge the gaps in capabilities, competence, knowledge base and expert talent in the field of project management.

Arriving at the theme for RAC 2019

Globalization has led to increased competition across the world forcing most of the services and manufacturing industries (like telecom, pharma, IT & ITES, R&D, automobiles, space, airlines, electronics) to undergo a tectonic shift in the way their business was traditionally conducted. Businesses that manage to restructure themselves and operate successfully into projectized organizations have achieved time-tomarket agility.

Close to the heels of the third industrial revolution (also known as Digital Revolution-lasting close to three decades), is the next, rather disruptive revolution. Blockchains, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 3-D Printing, Big Data Analytics. These are part of Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0). In this fourth revolution, we are facing a range of new technologies that combine the physical, digital and biological worlds. This has indeed ushered in an era of disruption that constantly challenges the traditional way of handling projects

The conference theme of "Project management in the emerging world of disruption" tries to answer some of the possible roles of these technologies on a project environment like:

  • Will it remove human intelligence in conducting/planning work tasks?
  • Will these intelligent tools help augment intelligence and capabilities, supporting human rather than displacing workforce abilities?
  • Can these tools play important role in managing project stakeholders?
  • How are these going to impact project quality, time and cost?
  • Will these tools create trust between various entities responsible to complete projects?
  • What could be the effect on society, environment and business?
  • Will these tools really help world to achieve the sustainability goals?
  • What would be its role in managing project and enterprise risk (in projectized organizations)?

Call For Papers

Papers are invited on topics related to the theory and practice of project management in the areas of:

  • National and International Projects
  • R&D/Development/Organizational/infrastructure projects
  • Engineering & Construction projects
  • Social and Public systems
  • Information Communication and Technology
  • Project Finance
  • Emerging issues in project management such as Project Complexity, Ambidexterity, Benchmarking, Project Recovery, Agile, Concurrent & Setbased/Process Driven Approach
  • Other areasthat use project management principles

How you can be part of the conference

The conference organizers look forward to receiving high-quality original research papers, surveys, case studies, technical notes and write-ups that link with the theme (not limited to above aspects). Researchers or practitioners are also encouraged to submit their studies/ papers from other areas of project management leading to theory development and/or practical implications.

The selected good quality abstracts would be provided the opportunity for full papers submission so that it can be considered for publication in the reputed IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review (IIMK SMR) after following the Journals double blind peer review process (https://in.sagepub.com/enin/ sas/journal/iim-kozhikode-society-management-review#submission-guidelines). The journal has been ranked “2” (equivalent to “B” category) in the Academic Journal Guide 2018 published by the Association of Business Schools (ABS Ranking).


Conference highlights

  • Plenary sessions
  • Technical Paper presentations
  • Pre-conference tutorial
  • Awards and commemoration of noted academicians/practitioners
  • Interested participants can participate in 2 day FDP(IIMK Kozhikode Campus) on February 25-26 on Project Management and also earn PDU.
  • Discussion & networking opportunities
  • Good quality final papers have an opportunity to get published at IIMK Society and Management Journal (B-category as per ABS ranking-2018)

Delegate profile

  • Project management professors and scholars
  • Practitioners interested in project management research
  • Post graduate and doctoral students in project management and allied disciplines