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Curriculum Vitae

Prof Dr Ralf Müller

Dr Müller is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway and their former Associate Dean for executive programs. He is also adjunct professor at University of Technology Sydney, distinguished (Haitian) scholar at Dalian University of Technology in China, and visiting professor at TIAS Business School, Netherlands. He is associated member of the Project Management Research Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, member of the Senate at ISM University in Lithuania, and head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Association for International Project Management Officers. In the past, he was Professor of Business Administration at Umeå University, Sweden, and adjunct professor at SKEMA Business School in France. He lectures in Master’s, doctoral and executive programs and researches in leadership, governance and organizational project management.

His research takes an organization-wide perspective. Since 2003 he has received a number of research grants from institutions like the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Norwegian Center of Project Management. Related studies addressed governance, leadership, and project management offices related topics and research-informed standards. The results of his research appeared in more than 250 publications. He is frequent speaker at global research conferences such as IRNOP (International Research Network for Organizing by Projects) and the European Academy of Management Conference, as well as practitioner conferences, such as those of NASA, PMI and IPMA.

In parallel, he is the Managing Director of PM Concepts AB, a Sweden-based management consultancy. Prior to joining academia, he was Worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Corporation’s Teradata Business Unit, where he was a member of the global leadership team of the corporation’s Professional Services line of business. He has worked in 50+ different countries for the improvement of project management in large organizations and governments. Projects he worked on span from small up to USD 5 billion in value. In these projects, he worked closely with AT&T and Bell Laboratories, USA.

Ralf Müller holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Henley Management College / Brunel University, UK and a Docent qualification from Umeå University. He also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK; as well as Master Certificates in Global Business Management and in Project Management from George Washington University, USA. Furthermore he holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI, USA.

Awards he received include the 2019 IPMA Global Research Award, the 2019 Walt Lipke Award for Governance Exellence, the 2019 Antura Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2016 PMI Fellow of the Institute Award, 2015 PMI Research Achievement Award (a lifetime achievement award), the 2012 IPMA Research Award for his studies on PMOs, the 2009 Paper of the Year Award from the Project Management Journal, the 2009 IRNOP Best Conference Paper Award, the Emerald 2009 and 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award, the 2010 Emerald Outstanding Paper Award, the 2010 Highly Commended Paper Award of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, the 2011 Academy of Business Research Best Paper in Operations Management Award, and the Nimbas University 2005 Best Supervisor Award. His doctoral thesis was ranked by EDAMBA as among the top 10 doctoral theses in business and management in 2003.

Dr Müller is Editor-in-Chief for the Project Management Journal and a member of the Editorial Review Board of several other academic journals. He is a co-founder of PMI's first European Chapter, the Frankfurt Chapter, as well as the Munich Chapter in Germany. This includes the establishment of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in Europe. He contributed to the PMI Standards for Organizational Project Management Maturity (OPM3), as well as those for Program Management and for Portfolio Management. He frequently consults ISO and other global institutions in governance related subjects. Organizations he is a member of include the Project Management Institute (PMI), Academy of Management, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK.

Malmö, Sweden, February 2020