Journal History

Interest has steadily grown in the last few years across the PM community in publishing a new practitioner-oriented research journal (often with references made to Harvard Business Review). Discussions have occurred at various research and practitioner events, with the result being the generous offer made by Professor Shankar Sankaran (at the University of Technology, Sydney) to redirect his journal of Organisational Project Management toward the goals of (what now is) Project Management Research and Practice.

UTS ePress, as the publisher of both OPM and PMRP, was immediately supportive of the idea. Dedicated staff--especially Julie-Anne Marshall and Scott Abbott--saw the journal as, among other things, an opportunity to set a new standard (to their existing track record of excellence in online journal publishing) and worked closely with the PMRP team in the development of new cover design and internal page design templates. The publishing of PMRP at UTS is also consistent with its commitment to measuring and guiding its social impact as a university.

With the mission of the journal agreed upon and the support of a leading university ePress, subsequent steps involved the recruitment of an international Editorial Board (EB), an international Advisory Board (AB), and identification of an initial research article collection. The EB has been carefully selected based on their topical and methodological expertise, access to emergent researchers, location and diversity of the PM community. It will continue to grown in the coming years to be consistent with this diversity.

At the helm of the EB are Beverly Pasian, Shankar Sankaran, Julien Pollack, Steve Leybourne, and Christophe Bredillet. John Lannon and John N. Walsh (University of Limerick) can be thanked for their effort in guiding the first special collection.

PMRP has been conceived and developed as a journal with a mission to advocate socially responsible PM research and practice. With this as a starting point, the support of those above, and a world of public priorities being satisfied through the increasing use of projects, its future looks even more promising than its history.