PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award

The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award recognizes the author(s) of a published book that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice.

Dr. Cleland has contributed to PMI in countless ways, including moderating the PMI Body of Knowledge Workshop in 1985, finalizing the development of the PMI Student Paper Award Program, and attending and presenting at almost all PMI Seminars & Symposia since 1972. He is an author and editor of over 44 books and articles published in many technologies, management, and educational journals and periodicals.

Submission Deadline

The call for nominations for will open 29 February 2024 and close 29 April 2024.


Guidelines and Nomination Procedures


  • The nominated book must have been published in English during the previous calendar year in a field relevant to project management.
  • The book may come from academic or practitioner literature. 
  • The author(s) of the nominated book need not be a PMI member.
  • For books that are not first editions, only the substantive changes since the preceding edition will be considered as eligible material. In this case, the new material must be highlighted as part of the nomination packet. 

Not Eligible

  • Sitting members of PMI’s Board of Directors are ineligible. In addition, they may not participate in the nomination or evaluation process.
  • Sitting members of PMI’s Academic Insight Team (AIT) are ineligible to receive this award during their tenure on the AIT.
  • A book authored or co-authored by current PMI staff.
  • A book authored by a PMI consultant, the content of which is based on the contracted work/activity.
  • Textbooks are not eligible for the award. 
  • Edited books are not eligible for the award.
  • Standards of accrediting bodies, including those of PMI.
  • Individuals or organizations that have failed to comply with PMI policies and procedures, including but not limited to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. 

Number of Awards

  • Only one David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award will be given annually.
  • In the case of a co-authored book, each author will be recognized.
  • PMI reserves the right not to select a recipient for a particular year.


  • Criterion 1: The nominated book contributes important knowledge, ideas and techniques which are likely to have a lasting influence. The book develops concepts, techniques and outcomes and is likely to become an important point of reference in project management or the sub-field of the book.
  • Criterion 2: The book has the potential to impact practice. The impact ranges from direct application to policy and/or practice to influencing perspectives.
  • Criterion 3: The argument, line of reasoning or analysis is sound and effectively presented.

Role of the Nominator

  • The book must be nominated by one or more persons, one of who must be a current PMI member in good standing or by a publisher.
  • When more than one person is making the nomination, a Lead Nominator must be designated who assembles and submits the nomination.

Nomination Procedures and Content

  • 10 hard copies of the nominated book must be sent to PMI’s Academic Program team for circulation, evaluation and assessment by AIT members. Contact [email protected] for the shipping address an details so that these can be sent in a timely manner following the closing deadline.
  • The nomination must contain the following:
    • Book title, author(s), publication date, publisher, and ISBN number
    • Clear and concise explanation of how the book meets the three criteria listed above
    • Letters of support (1 page) from each additional nominator (up to 3 letters)
    • Nomination materials will not be reviewed if:
      • Written in a language other than English.
      • Nomination Package is incomplete.
      • Received after the submission deadline.
    • Nominations are to be submitted online by 29 April.

Verification and Selection

PMI Academic Programs will:

  • Verify the nomination's eligibility and that all required materials have been submitted.
  • Confirm receipt and eligibility of the nomination
  • Administer the review process and notify the nominator of the result.
  • Distribute and collect required paperwork, including PMI release and permissions forms, from the selected nominee.

Nominations are reviewed and scored by a peer review panel. The evaluation process is proprietary to PMI.

Presentation of the Award

  • The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award will be presented PMI’s Awards Gala taking place at that year’s Global Summit
  • The award recipient will be publicized through PMI communication channels and external media after the presentation of the award. A recipient may also coordinate additional publicity with PMI after the presentation of the award.

Additional Information

  • PMI will not reimburse any expense for assembling the nomination or presentation materials.
  • PMI reserves the right within its sole discretion, and at any time up to the time of the presentation of the award, to determine that a nomination is or has become ineligible for the award. In any such case, PMI will notify the lead nominator and the author(s) of its decision as soon as possible prior to the award presentation.
  • Please send all inquiries to [email protected] FAO Daniel Nicholls.


Past Recipients of this Award

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