Call for Submissions

3 & 10 November 2022 (Online) 

As we face a changing world it is imperative to think differently about projects and their leadership. The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership’s 2022 International Symposium on Project Leadership in a Changing World” will discuss the latest insights through a series of keynote panel sessions and paper presentations with leading researchers in the field.

Projects are a form of organising used to envisage futures – interventions into existing social, technological and natural systems. We are committed to educating and researching project leadership for a digital, net-zero future. This can be achieved by addressing challenges that span a range of industries such as software, organisational change, infrastructure and new energy.

Call for Submissions:

This call is for extended abstract submissions related to the themes of this symposium: “Project Leadership in a Changing World”. These submissions will be shortlisted by a panel of international judges.

If successful, you will be invited to submit a recorded presentation to be reviewed before the live Symposium. The Symposium will take place 3 November at 9am (AEDT) and 10 November 7pm (AEDT)2022.

The agenda and timetable can be found here:

https://project-leadership-eng.sydney.edu.au/2022-november-symposium/

About the Theme: Project Leadership in a Changing World (2022)

In the context of a changing world – the complexity, risk and uncertainty involved in constructing the future requires a different approach to project management purely premised on decision-making on projects and across portfolios and programs of projects.

Organisations set-up, lead and steer projects for a variety of reasons – such as resolving strategic and tactical problems or enhancing performance.  Areas such as investment decisions, goal setting, benefits realisation, stakeholder management, effective communications and digital transformation are involved in making such projects sustainable in the long term.  Theoretical understanding and scholarship can support new practical insights into project leadership in a changing world.   

Papers can be related to the themes of the Institute on: 

  • Project Models and Digital Transformation 
  • Organisational Dynamics of Projects 
  • Projects for Sustainable, Resilient and Just Futures  

With a particular emphasis on the session themes for this 2022 Symposium:   

  • Project Teams and Project Leadership  
  • Collaborative Contracts, Project Governance and Set-Up 
  • Project Analytics in a Changing World  
  • Achieving Net Zero: Projects as Interventions  

While the main audience for the Symposium will be the international academic research community, interested in emerging questions for scientific research and theory, we also anticipate the participation of informed and reflective practitioners. For this reason, we value research that can also address the practical implications of new theoretical work and empirical findings.  

Submissions:  

We welcome the submission of extended abstracts (problem, methodology, results) related to, but not limited to, the following areas:  

  • Project Models and Digital Transformation 
  • Organisational Dynamics of Projects 
  • Projects for Sustainable, Resilient and Just Futures  
  • Project Teams and Project Leadership  
  • Collaborative Contracts, Project Governance and Set-Up 
  • Project Analytics in a Changing World  
  • Achieving Net Zero: Projects as Interventions 

How to Submit:

All submissions must be through this page:
https://project-leadership-eng.sydney.edu.au/2022-november-symposium/call-for-submissions/submission-page/

Please provide:

  • A cover letter (stating how the submission is related to the theme of this symposium). 
  • An extended abstract (up to 1000 words – excluding references, tables, and figures) with the author names, affiliations, email addresses and then three separate sections:
    • Problem
    • Methodology
    • Results

There will be no proceedings, and no submission or registration fee for this symposium.

Submissions to other email addresses may not be considered for this symposium. 

An international panel of judges will select the papers for presentation. The presentation will give scholars the opportunity to present their research to an international project community and receive feedback.

If shortlisted, you will prepare a video presentation (5 to 7 minutes) to be reviewed. If your video is approved, you will proceed with the live event in November’s symposium. The Best Research Presentation Award will be announced before the closure of the symposium.  A participation certificate can also be issued per request. 

Selection Criteria:  

  • The alignment of the problem with project management and leadership in a changing world 
  • Academic and practical implications 
  • The significance of results and findings 

The Selection Committee: 

  • Dr Mehdi Rajabi Asadabadi, The University of Sydney, Australia 
  • Professor Anna Kadefors, The KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 
  • Associate Professor Natalya Sergeeva, University College London, UK 
  • Dr Sunila Lobo, Research Affiliate, John Grill Institute for Project Leadership, The University of Sydney, Australia 
  • Dr Luigi Mosca, Imperial College London, UK 

Important Dates

Submission due date: August 1, 2022.  

Notification of acceptance, and instructions for presentation: September 7, 2022 

Video submission of presentation for research award consideration: Sept 25, 2022. 

The event: 3 November at 9am (AEDT) and 10 November 7pm (AEDT) 2022.

About Your Presentation (If Selected to Present):

  • This venue will be online. 
  • There is no registration fee associated either with submissions or presentations.  

Further Information:  

To find out more, please visit: https://project-leadership-eng.sydney.edu.au/ 

For specific questions or enquiries, please feel free to contact:  
Dr Mehdi Rajabi Asadabadi at: mehdi.asadabadi@sydney.edu.au