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PMSA National Conference: Call for Research Papers
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PMSA invites researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts to submit high-quality, original abstracts. All abstracts that successfully pass the review process will be followed by a final research paper for peer review and, if successful, for presentation at the 2018 conference and publication in the official conference proceedings.

NOTE: The purpose of research papers is to grow the body of knowledge with information that has been gained through a formal, verifiable and repeatable process. Research papers should not be opinion based, but rather adhere to the de facto criteria for scientific research.

CONFERENCE THEME
STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY

'Diversity is the strength of Africa, not her weakness'*.

The creativity that emerges from this diversity can be seen in the many unique exports of our continent, beyond our natural resources, that are increasingly being celebrated on the world stage not least of which are: writing, dance, contemporary art, and fashion - the latter being the inspiration behind our logo for this year's conference. It draws on the Shweshwe design, a fabric of complex geometric shapes with origins that blend European, Arab and African influence and are now most strongly associated with Southern Africa. These are bright and flamboyant individual patterns that while unique and diverse, complement one another in an unexpected way when sewn together. Much like the people of our continent.

It's only natural that Africa’s creativity and diversity spills into how we do business, and how we manage projects.

The spirit then, of the 2018 edition of our PMSA Biennial National Conference is to acknowledge the unique characteristics of Africa's people – diversity; creativity; tolerance for ambiguity, uncertainty and change; patience; collaboration - and how these attributes contribute to project management. It's about the way we channel global knowledge in response to African challenges, illustrated through case studies and good practice, and the knowledge we uncover through research, experience and even trial and error, that broadens our understanding of people, practices, concepts and methodologies that can be applied to our projects.

(*This statement was made in a guest article in City Press late in 2017, by academic and author, Julian Kunnie.)

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

The PMSA 2018 Conference aims to promote knowledge and insights that assist project managers to build / enhance their toolkit with a diversity of ideas, techniques and methods. It also aims to reinforce the value in people and identify how one can elicit the best of what people have to offer, because, after all, a project without people is just a plan.

The conference will look at trends and practices, relevant to the theme across a spectrum of industries and types of projects. While the main focus is on what has been home-grown and / or applied specifically in projects on the African continent, new knowledge derived globally will also be considered as a contribution to good practice. The intended ratio of local (African) focus vs international focus in how the conference programme will be compiled is 70:30.

With this in mind, interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops and research papers that cover one or more of the following:

GOOD PRACTICE
Proven project management methodologies and success stories.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
What we’ve learned and what we know about overcoming old and new constraints that prohibit project management success.

INSIGHTS
New approaches to project management and lessons learned that can assist others to overcome barriers to success.

TECHNOLOGY
How IT and telecoms are enabling better project management through systems, tools, collaboration etc.

THE GREATER GOOD
Applying project management to social causes, and how project benefits contribute to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

ETHICAL PRACTICE
Applying ethical practice as project management practitioners

UPDATING THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT
Tips, tools and techniques that pave the way for better project management.

PROJECT PEOPLE
Individual characteristics, traits and skills and how these can best be harnessed on projects with due regard for the soft skills associated with leading projects.  

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 PMSA 2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

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