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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 and visiting professor at a number of Universities in Europe and Asia, including a distinguished scholarship position at Dalian University of Technology in China. He is associated member of the Project Management Research Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, and member of the Senate at ISM University in Lithuania. Before this, he was Professor of Business Administration at Umeå University, Sweden. He lectures in Master’s, doctoral and executive programs and researches in leadership and governance of projects, programs, and project portfolios.

His research focuses on leadership, project, program and portfolio management improvement, and governance from an organization-wide perspective. For that he received a number of research grants, including those from the Project Management Institute (PMI), for studies on program and portfolio management, leadership, Project Management Offices (PMOs), organizational enablers for project governance, or research informed standards. One of these studies led to the development of the popular Balanced Leadership Theory for projects. Another grant was awarded by the Norwegian Center of Project Management for a study on governance and ethics. The Natural Science Research Foundation of China awarded him grants for research on governance of megaprojects, as well as project and industry clusters in China. All the studies are done in international collaboration with researchers and Universities worldwide. The results of these and several other research studies appeared in more than 220 publications, including thirteen books. He is frequent speaker at global research conferences such as IRNOP (International Research Network on Organizing by Projects) and the European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), as well as practitioner conferences, such as those of NASA, PMI and the International Project Management Association (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 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 seven academic journals. He is a co-founder of PMI's Frankfurt, Munich and Copenhagen Chapters and a contributor to the PMI Standards for Organizational Project Management Maturity (OPM3), Program Management, as well as and Portfolio Management. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Management, PMI (Project Management Institute), Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, which is based in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and seeks to catalyze research on best practices for developing emotional competence, and the impact of emotional intelligence in leadership and organizations.

Malmö, Sweden, February 2018