Niederman Selected as Editorial Board Member for Project Management Journal

The Project Management Institute has selected Professor Fred Niederman of the Operations and Information Systems Department in the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University to serve on the editorial board of its flagship publication, the Project Management Journal.  More specifically he will be serving as co-editor of the department, ICT (Information Communications and Technology) Side of Project Management and the Management of ICT Projects

The journal has published more than 750 research studies over the last 30 years.  It is the official publication of Project Management Institute and is available to approximately 450,000 members of the institute.  As a member of the editorial board, Dr. Niederman will be one of 7 department leaders who are responsible for all aspects of evaluating manuscripts from submission through publication.  He will serve as co-department leader alongside Professor Gary Klein, a renowned and well published scholar in IS project risk management, who teaches at Colorado State University in Colorado Springs.  The journal’s editor in chief is Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans Georg Gemünden Fakultät VII Wirtschaft und Management, at the Institut für Technologie und Management, Lehrstuhl für Technologie- und inovationsmanagement at the Technical University of Berlin Germany.

“It is our hope,” said Professor Gemunden, “that with your assistance and that of the full range of editors, reviewers, and staff members, we can encourage the creation and distribution of new knowledge that can be applied with successful results in practice and which helps to grow an accumulated body of knowledge regarding best practice in project management. “

Responsibilities as a member of the editorial team, include evaluation of manuscript submissions pertaining to Information Systems Projects, which consists largely of reading manuscripts to ensure that they are of sufficient promise to enter the reviewing system,  inviting qualified reviewers, monitoring their progress, and providing reviewers with feedback and guidance for their constant improvement.  It also includes adding analysis and commentary to guide authors in preparing the highest quality research possible.  At the end of successful peer review, the editor is responsible for the final disposition of each paper.

“We are extremely pleased that our Cook School faculty members include individuals serving the scholarly community in activities such as editing top journals,” said Interim Dean Scott Safranski.  “It shows the many forms that community outreach and professional engagement can take and the extensive contribution made each year.”

Dr. Niederman has been teaching project management courses at the graduate level for two years and  began teaching it at the undergraduate level this semester, Fall 2014.

“It is my expectation that the lessons learned reading cutting edge research,” Niederman said, “will be something that I can use for providing students the most advanced view of project management that is possible.”

“Project management is a topic that combines the technical issues of forecasting, assessing risk, scheduling, and tracking budgets with the human issues of motivating workers, leading teams, and insuring that desirable outcomes are achieved,” he continued.  “It is the skillful blending of art and science, using evidence based knowledge and learning from experience that makes for great project managers.”

“In many ways serving on the editorial board provides an opportunity for making an even larger contribution to the field than writing several papers,” said Niederman.  “Part of my job will be encouraging young scholars to study and write in this field, to select topics that are applicable, to research with rigorous methods, and to help extend the body of knowledge regarding project management.”

Recent issues of the journal have addressed topics including managing project portfolios, the role of projects in stimulating innovation, and studies of scheduling, risk management, and selecting projects for sustainability.

Dr. Niederman has also reached out to the leaders of the School of Professional Studies at Saint Louis University who offer an extensive training program in project management to look for ways that such training programs and academic studies in the project management area might provide mutual benefit.




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