Calls for papers


International Journal of Project Organisation and Management
International Journal of Project Organisation and Management


Special Issue on: "Complex Project Management"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Robert Pellerin, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Prof. Peter Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Prof. Izabela Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark

Today there is a concern over the relevance of the more conventional project management approaches to problems that are increasingly complex and constrained. Complex and large-scale projects are inherently risky because of long planning horizons and as decision-making processes often involve multiple actors with conflicting interests. Cash flow, material procurement and transportation may also be more difficult to manage in complex projects. Multiple sites also force project team to change their traditional way of planning, managing and coordinating manpower and logistics operations. In addition, the project scope often changes significantly over time and interdependencies between different projects tend to be underestimated.

Consequently, approaches, methodologies, and tools commonly adopted for project evaluation, selection, planning, scheduling and control may not be successful with complex and large-scale projects. Fortunately, an increasing amount of research has been conducted recently in this area. This special session proposes to provide a forum to investigate, exchange novel ideas and disseminate knowledge covering the broad area of complex project management.

While research in this area encompasses a wide range of topics and methodologies, we expect this special issue to provide a good snapshot of current and emerging concepts, tools, techniques, approaches, issues, and trends within the field. Authors are encouraged to submit papers that employ both quantitative and quality research methodologies such as modeling, optimization, algorithms, simulation, questionnaire surveys, case studies etc., addressing the theme of the special issue.

Some papers will be selected from among the best papers presented in the area of complex project management at the 4th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Systems Management (Metz, France), but the Call welcomes suitable papers submitted from beyond this conference.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics for papers include but are not limited to:
  • Scope management of large-scale projects
  • Control and performance measures and methodologies for complex projects
  • Economic and financial evaluation techniques and methodologies
  • Forecasting and estimation techniques and methodologies
  • Learning-based project evaluation techniques
  • Manpower planning and resource allocation
  • Multi-project planning
  • Probabilistic cost-benefit analysis
  • Project management information systems
  • Project planning, scheduling and rescheduling models
  • Project selection techniques
  • Quantitative and qualitative risk analysis methodologies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 31 July, 2011

Acceptance Notification: 31 December, 2011

Deadline for Sending Camera-ready Manuscripts: 1 February 2012