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International Program and Project Management - Best Practices in Selected Industries

A Volume in Information Systems Engineering & Management (ISEM) book series, Springer-Verlag

Prof. Dr. Kenneth David Strang
W3 Research, USA
RMIT, Australia
Assoc. Prof. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture,
University of New York Tirana

About the Book

A coin toss - where the probability of predicting a head or tail equals 50% - is roughly equivalent to the odds of your project failing. This is due to the longitudinal empirical evidence in the literature where the global project failure rate has been found to range from 45%-70%. This shows that decision-makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders need best-practice guidance for program and project management. International Standards Organization 21500 (ISO-PM) is the formal and legal global standard for PM. Of course, ISO-PM is not the only reference. Nevertheless, it contains tremendously valuable best-practice guidelines for all PM stakeholders. The problem is that this useful knowledge must be disseminated, preferably with practical examples for practitioners to learn from.

The current book provides solutions to the above problems. This book explains how the ISO PM standard can be applied to projects. The ISO PM standard is contrasted with well-known alternative PM frameworks such as the PMBOK and country-specific PM guides such as Australia, the UK, and others. In the rapidly evolving business world, effective project management has emerged as a pivotal skill, guiding the success of enterprises across sectors. This book embarks on meticulously exploring today’s most influential project management frameworks, offering professionals a comprehensive roadmap to navigate their intricate nuances. This book will be drawn from real-world scenarios, elucidating the application of standards such as ISO 21500 and juxtaposing them against renowned methodologies like PMBOK, APM, and Agile. Through this comparative lens, readers gain clarity on each framework’s strengths, areas of application, and potential challenges, fostering informed decision-making tailored to diverse project environments. As businesses grapple with unprecedented challenges and opportunities, project managers require tools that accommodate dynamic shifts, promote cross-functional collaboration, and prioritize stakeholder value. With its blend of theoretical insights and practical wisdom, this book is a beacon for novice and veteran project managers. By the end, readers are acquainted with these frameworks and equipped to weave them seamlessly into their unique professional tapestries.

Note: There are NO submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. This book will be submitted for possible indexation to Scopus, Web of Science, and major indices.

Topics (Suggestive but not limited to)

The proposed tentative content for this book is given below:

  1. Introduction

    • Why Project and Program Management Are Needed

    • Brief Review of Project Management Evolution

    • Why Project Management Frameworks Are Valuable to Organizations

  2. ISO 21500: The Formal International Project Management Standard

    • Overview and Core Principles

    • Critical Strengths and Challenges

    • Important Tools and Techniques

  3. Brief Comparison of ISO to Project Management Institute PMBOK

    • Core Components

    • Comparative Analysis with ISO 21500

  4. Brief Comparison of ISO to Other Popular Approaches

    • Understanding APM's Structure

    • Bridging the Gap: APM and ISO 21500

    • Agile: Adaptive Project Management

    • Contrasting Agile with Traditional Frameworks

  5. Applying ISO 21500 Project Management in Healthcare / Pharmaceutical

    • Real-World Case Studies

    • Insights and Lessons Learned

  6. Applying ISO 21500 Project Management in Public Administration / Government

    • Real-World Case Studies

    • Insights and Lessons Learned

  7. Applying ISO 21500 Project Management in Engineering / Construction

    • Real-World Case Studies

    • Insights and Lessons Learned

  8. Applying ISO 21500 Project Management in Education / Corporate Training

    • Real-World Case Studies

    • Insights and Lessons Learned

  9. Applying ISO 21500 Project Management in Natural Sciences / Agriculture / Mining / Etc.

    • Real-World Case Studies

    • Insights and Lessons Learned

  10. Future of Project Management

    • Emerging Trends and Innovations

    • Preparing for Tomorrow's Challenges

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another book, journal, or conference.

Kindly note the following when submitting your book chapter:


  • Submit an initial proposal through the Springer EquinOCS system, including the chapter title and the problem/purpose statement explaining the proposed chapter:​

  • The length of the chapter should be 7,000-10,000 words.

  • Paper should be formatted as per the template provided.

  • Ensure that the paper adheres to Springer Nature’s book chapter formatting guidelines:​

  • All papers will be checked for plagiarism.

  • The chapter template is given below:


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Important Dates

Expression of Interest              -    March 1, 2024

Draft chapter due date             -    May 30, 2024 

Peer review period- June 1      -    June 30, 2024

Finalized chapter due              -    July 15, 2024

Final acceptance notification   -    July 30, 2024

Book publication date              -    October 2024

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