Perspectives on Projects:


19-21 August 2020
20th Doctoral Research Seminar in Project & Programme Management


20th Doctoral Research Seminar in Project & Programme Management starts in:



EDEN calls to everyone’s mind the garden of earthly delights to which the Book of Genesis refers. It evokes the attractive and creative environment that EIASM offers to young promising scholars who undertake the exciting doctoral adventure.

Through the creation of EDEN, EIASM will contribute to the most critical phases in a scholar’s life cycle: i.e. his/her introduction to and early growth on the academic market. Thanks to its unique image and its organizational competitive advantages (core of associations, autonomy and flexibility), EIASM can indeed be very efficient at:

  • inserting young doctoral fellows into a highly stimulating system where European researchers can interact (within and across associations), sharing common objectives and concerns ;
  • helping them in the positioning of their own work in relation to European research generally : expose them to various research traditions and orientations, open their minds to the international/global perspectives to be adopted when looking at the Management environment, make them aware of the challenges Management is facing in Europe (globalization, new technologies, etc.) ;
  • creating a network of European educators active at the doctoral level in Management.

The development of EDEN will be organized around an integrated set of doctoral seminars which will bring participants into systematic interaction, leading them to comparing their approaches and cross-examining their research work. It will consist of a mix of intensive one-week seminars dealing with advanced research methodology issues in Management, as well as with the frontiers of their specific area of interest.

EIASM involves not only the best doctoral students and their supervisors, but also the institutions to which they belong. Therefore the doctoral seminars will be decentralized: alternating locations and establishing « linkages » with leading European Business Schools. Since June 1988, when the programme was launched, 2010 doctoral students from all over Europe have become EDEN fellows and 238 professors have acted as EDEN faculty members.

DBA Director & EDEN Seminar Chair

SKEMA Business School, Avenue Willy Brandt, 59777 Lille, France.


Prof. Robert Joslin
professor at SBS Swiss business school

SBS, Flughafenstrasse 3 8302 Kloten -Zurich, Switzerland


Hélène Borelle
DBA coordinator

SKEMA Business School, Avenue Willy Brandt, 59777 Lille, France.


Pavel Lyadyshev, MBA
Front Office Manager

SBS, Flughafenstrasse 3 8302 Kloten -Zurich, Switzerland


PRogramme details

The seminar has two aims:

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

This year’s seminar theme is Next Generation Project Managers: Mindfulness, Happiness, Spirituality, Intelligence, Wisdom and Passion? 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 realisation 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 orgaizations 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 cotemporary 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.


In regard to the current situation due to the corona-virus pandemic, the EDEN Doctoral Seminar will now be hosted online.

EDEN 2020 Draft Schedule – all times PARIS time zone

SEMINAR THEME: Next Generation Project Managers: Mindfulness, Happiness, Spirituality, Intelligence, Wisdom and Passion?

9:00 Introduction, Paul Gardiner
9:30 Paul Littau, KEYNOTE OPENING SESSION, “Spiritual Intelligence in Leaders of Organizational Change”
10:45 Carole Daniel, “Project team mindfulness”
11:30 Themed virtual coffee conversations and networking
12:00 Valerie Saintot, “Exploring the impact of visual templates to support knowledge sharing in team meetings through the lens of extended, embodied, embedded and enacted cognition”
12:45 Opportunity moment
13:00 LUNCH
14:15 Hedley Smyth, “The Role of Mindfulness in the Management of Projects: potential opportunities and threats in research and practice”
15:00 Opportunity moment
15:30 Peter Kaul, “PMO success in dynamic environments”
16:15 Themed virtual coffee conversations and networking
16:45 Erik Mannson, “Mindfulness, meditation and spirituality in projects”
9:00 Shankar Sankaran, “Mindfulness and leadership”
10:15 Shankar Sankaran and Ralf Muller, “OPM and the viable governance model”
12:00 Themed virtual coffee conversations and networking
12:30 Opportunity moment
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 14h00 Dean Kashiwagi, “Future of PM in the age of automation and information systems”
16:15 Themed virtual coffee conversations and networking
16:45 Nathalie Drouin, Ralf Muller, Martina Huemann “Meet the editors”
9:00 Jonas Soderlund, “Project studies, future research, theorizing and debate”
10:15 Eddie Fisher and Ondrej Zizlavsky, “Measuring the success of innovation projects in an IT agile working environment”
12:30 Themed virtual coffee conversations and networking
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 Robert Joslin, “Perspectives on project methods and the AIPMO body of knowledge”
15:15 Nathalie Drouin, “Mega project leaders”
16:10 Themed virtual coffee conversations and networking
16:45 Frank Anbari, KEYNOTE CLOSING SESSION, “Mindful Integration of Lean Six Sigma and the PMO Through the Office of Strategy Management”
17:50 Closing remarks, Paul Gardiner
18:00 END

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SKEMA/SBS students and faculty can attend the Seminar free of charge, however must fill out a registration form.




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