The International Project Management Association (IPMA) is a global project management association with 40,000 members in more than 60 countries.


IPMA annually rewards two top researchers in project management from the global project management research community. One of these annual rewards goes to the “Young Researcher of the Year”.

The 2018 Global Research Award as Young Researcher has been bestowed on Dr Taryn Bond-Barnard who teaches Project Procurement Management on the PPM.

Taryn is a Senior Lecturer at the GSTM (Graduate School of Technology Management) of the University of Pretoria where she teaches project management at post-graduate levels (honours and master’s degree programmes).   She also teaches the following Examination Preparation courses for PMI (Project Management Institute) certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP) and PMI Certified Project Management Associate (CAPM). 

The PMP and CAPM Exam Prep courses are, like the PPM, offered by Enterprises, University of Pretoria.

The award ceremony took place on 3 September 2018 at a gala event during the IPMA Research Confe­rence in Rio de Janeiro where Taryn received the award and gave an overview of her research to an audience of renowned researchers and practitioners in the field of project management.

Taryn’s PhD research project led to six peer-reviewed outputs, including a paper in the International Journal of Project Management and one in the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. The PhD study was supervised by the PPM course leader, Prof Herman Steyn, and co-supervised by Dr Lizelle Fletcher of the University of Pretoria Department of Statistics.

The announcement was recently posted at the following IPMA webpage:


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Above: Special guests, course leaders, fields experts and other academics at the combined GSTM and GIBS certificate ceremony at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) has recently kicked of its first round of certificate ceremonies for 2018 to acknowledge those delegates who have put in the hard work and dedication to successfully complete their training programmes and short courses for the 2017/2018 season. The first ceremony took place on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria with delegates, family and friends celebrating their successes.

The evening was opened by Professor Elma van der Lingen, HOD: Graduate School of Technology Management, as she reflected on delegates’ achievements and also further congratulated by Professor Mike Ward, course leader on the Executive Education Programmes presented in collaboration with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Apart from the course leaders, course presenters and other academics and experts involved in presenting these programmes, they were joined by special guest speaker, Ms Palesa Ramashala, Managing Director of Excellence Business Consulting and certified Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner.

“With developments taking place in South Africa and across the globe, South Africa is facing a new era in which we need to continue growing and this is an opportunity for you to make a contribution through the knowledge you have acquired,” Ms Ramashala encouraged all the delegates.

“I hope this is a path that you continue on as education is a way to empower yourself to grow and remain relevant in an environment that is rife with change. We need to improve our competitiveness as a nation, and for this we need new ideas that will position us as a growing economy.”

Ms Ramashala also described how she believes that as a nation, we are more than capable of developing new technologies and commercialising them in order to develop new industries. There are new business models that have emerged that all lead to different ways of doing business, thereby creating opportunities for careers that do not even exist today.

The programmes that were represented during the ceremony included:

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all the delegates who have completed the road in knowledge transfer, commending them for the commitment and time they have sacrificed in taking their career journeys to new heights.

In the words of Ms Ramashala, “My plea to you is that you should be on the lookout for opportunities. To do things differently or better. The ideas you have are valuable – share them so that we can build something phenomenal together.”

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Since its inception in 1997, the PPM (Programme in Project Management) course has made very significant contributions:  With thousands of people who have attended one of the 160 times that this 20-day programme has been presented, it is arguably the best-known project management training available in South Africa.

Section 13 (a, b, c) of the Project and Construction Management Act (Act No. 48 of 2000), mandates the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) to accredit project and construction management educational programs within any department, school or faculty in institutions of higher learning.

One of the latest recognitions of the PPM skills training course of the University of Pretoria is its validation by the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP).

In a letter dated 28 May 2018 from Mrs Mohajane, the Coordinator: Programme Accreditation & CPD of the SACPCMP, Enterprises University of Pretoria has been informed about the validation of the course.

The CPD Points, earned by people who complete their studies towards the PPM successfully, will be loaded on the CPC calendar of the SACPCMP.

A maximum of 96 CPD credits / hours are awarded, 12 for each of the following modules:

  • Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling
  • The People-Side of Project Management
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Legal Aspects for Project Managers
  • Financial Aspects and Project Cost Management
  • Project Management in the Business Context

 In addition, people completing the PPM successfully can also claim 5 CPD points form ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa)

According to Prof Herman Steyn, this recognition by the SACPCMP is of value many project managers, especially to project managers in the construction industry where accredited training courses are increasingly becoming important.

On successful completion of this course, and an endorsement from University of Pretoria, suitable candidates may be eligible to apply for the professional designation of Project Manager (PM) conferred by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). PMSA is the SAQA recognised professional body representing the interests of project managers across sectors.

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From left to right: Ms Anneli Delport, Prof Tinus Pretorius, Dr Taryn Barnard, Mr Corro van Waveren, Dr Lynn Keeys, Dr Dolf Steyn, Prof Herman Steyn, Dr Jean Cooper. 

Authors: R Louw, H Steyn & C van Waveren


Several studies indicate the value of knowledge management in improving organisational performance. While the benefits of effective knowledge management are undeniable, literature suggests that, due to the temporary nature of project teams, knowledge is generally not managed efficiently by project-based organisations.

This article explores the main inhibitors to effective knowledge transfer in a South African construction company. Implementation of knowledge management systems was lacking, but corporate culture and human factors had the greatest effect on knowledge transfer, and hence on project performance. In addition to inhibitors of knowledge transfer mentioned in literature, some additional inhibitors were identified and the effect that lack of knowledge transfer investigated.

Key phrases

Project management, construction projects; corporate culture; inhibitors; knowledge management; project performance.

Reference: Louw, R., Steyn, H. & Van Waveren, C. C. 2017. Inhibitors to the Transfer of Knowledge Generated on Projects: A Case Study within a Construction Company. Journal of Contemporary Management. 14. pp 986-1010.

The Graduate School of Technology Management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Project Management Institute South Africa Chapter to promote the advancement of the art, science and benefit of project management as a profession. The collaboration will support the professional growth of the GSTM’s Project Management alumni and the development of the project management profession in South Africa. As a PMI registered education provider the GSTM regularly offers professional development courses in project management through Enterprises at UP. Most notably, international certification courses for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). The GSTM looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with PMI SA.


Delegates who successfully complete the PPM and comply with the related assessment criteria are awarded by the University of Pretoria (at a certificate ceremony) certificates of successful completion. In addition to the certificate, the PPM is recognized by the following:

  • PMI (Project Management Institute) – USA
  • ECSA (Engineering Council of SA)
  • SACPCMP (South African Council for the Project and Construction. Management Professions)
  • PMSA (Project Management South Africa)


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