Research Conference – EDEN 2020

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SBS and SKEMA have partnered to increase the value of the doctorial education in the form of Project and PMO management research seminar and doctorial colloquium which is schedule for August 19-21 2020. The conference comes under the name of EDEN which is the name given by EISAM (European Institute for Advanced Management Studies. EDEN is from the Book of Genesis and refers to the garden of earthly delights which in this interpretation is the core of learning and knowledge.

This year is the 20th Anniversary EDEN Doctorial Seminar with theme ‘Next Generation Project Managers: Mindfulness, Happiness, Spirituality, Intelligence, Wisdom and Passion?’  

The seminar aims are:

  1. To provide a forum for doctoral students in project management and PMO management from Europe and around the world, where they can share experiences in studying and exchanging information on:
  2. research and theoretical paradigms appropriate for project/PMO management
  3. research methodologies appropriate for research in project/PMO management literature on project management to inform their studies
  4. To explore with doctoral students new directions and new approaches for research in the field of project .management.

As we continue to move towards increasing digital transformation across the world of work (the theme from last year’s EDEN seminar), spurred on by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, there is a dawning realization that many of the roles and responsibilities of traditional jobs (project, program and portfolio manager included) will disappear, subsumed by the continued integration of artificial and augmented intelligence (AAI) that can skyrocket performance efficiencies through, for example, the use of advanced cyber physical systems. Where does this leave the next generation of project managers? What will the post COVID-19 and post AAI role of the project manager need to embody if it is to stay relevant and valued by the organizations of tomorrow? EDEN2020 looks to some possible dimensions that will differentiate next generation project managers: mindfulness, happiness, spirituality, intelligence, wisdom and passion. The seminar sessions will include more general research topics on contemporary topics as well as on the special theme for this year.

As in previous years, doctoral students will be given an opportunity to share their own research topics.  The doctoral mentoring workshop is on the Monday and Tuesday. This is an opportunity for invited students to defend their research proposal, practice their thesis defence and, for two students this year, defend their final thesis in front of a jury and audience. On the Tuesday, there is a workshop on academic writing for doctoral students.

All SBS students and faculty may attend for free

To register please go to the link below