Penn State Behrend professor selected for career research award

October 03, 2017

ERIE, Pa. — The International Project Management Association has selected Jeffrey Pinto, professor of management in the Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, for its annual research award. He is the first American to receive the award, which recognizes career achievement in the field of project management.

Pinto is the Andrew Morrow and Elizabeth Lee Black Chair in Management Technology at the Black School of Business. He is the lead faculty member for the college’s master in project management program, which is offered online through Penn State World Campus. He received the Project Management Institute’s Research Achievement Award in 2009.

Pinto’s research is in the field of human and organizational behavior in project management, including cross-functional cooperation on project teams and the interoperability of geographic information systems. He also has studied gender bias, manager burnout and the effectiveness of virtual work teams. His current project involves polycentric architectures — regional approaches to project planning, including HS2, the 250-mph rail line being developed between London and the West Midlands in the United Kingdom.

“Jeff’s level of professional engagement and his international reputation in his field is worthy of this IPMA career award,” said Greg Filbeck, director of the Black School of Business. “It also benefits his students, both at Penn State Behrend and in the World Campus setting, who see through examples in his research how project management improves products and workflow at every stage of the process.”

IPMA will present its research award to Pinto at its annual conference in South Korea in November. The organization is the leading authority on project, program and portfolio management and sets and applies best practices for individuals, businesses, project teams and government agencies around the world. For more information, visit

Last Updated October 31, 2017