Special issue on Classics in project management

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 13 September 2011



(2011), "Special issue on Classics in project management", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 4 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijmpb.2011.35304daa.003



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Special issue on Classics in project management

Article Type: Call for papers From:International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Volume 4, Issue 4

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald)Editors: Jonas Söderlund, BI Norwegian School of ManagementJoana Geraldi, University College London

This special issue invites scholars to reflect on ground-breaking works within the discipline/domain of project management, to discuss the contributions that shaped our field, to reflect about what we learned from these classics and how it can contribute to current and future research on project management.

Core idea

The SI is primarily responding to the lack of academic debate about the intellectual sources in the domain of project management. Consider, for instance, strategic management as a contrast with project management. In the former, most scholars agree that Michael Porter's contribution is profound, and that Ansoff's work in the 1960s had a huge impact on the entire field of strategic management. In project management things are very different. Here scholars do not even know the key contributions, do not care about them, or just do not have the arena to discuss them. This special issue seeks to provide such an arena and to introduce the discussion about the classics that shaped the field of project management.


We suggest a four-step process:

1. Potential contributors send a brief abstract of their idea for book, article or theme that they believe is a classic in project management. The abstract should present a few arguments why it is a classic and why it is a project management contribution.

2. The Editors let those selected know that they are invited to proceed to the next stage.

3. Submission of full paper.

4. A round of review will follow and necessary revisions carried out before final submission of the paper. More instructions will follow for those that pass the first selection gate.


The special issue is edited by Professor Jonas Söderlund and Dr Joana Geraldi. They both participate actively in the project management community, within the IRNOP, EURAM and PMI networks. Söderlund has published widely on the nature and rootsof project management and is also one of the Editors of the Oxford Handbook on Project Management (together with Peter Morris and Jeff Pinto).

Submission details

Submission of abstracts 30 January 2012, around 200 wordsSubmission of full paper 30 August 2012, between 4,000 to 6,000 words

Send the abstract to:

Joana GeraldiE-mail: j.geraldi@ucl.ac.uk

The special issue will follow the formatting guidelines from the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.

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