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Strategic Alliances and Links

IPMA-USA Offers Three Types of Relationships

  • Strategic Alliances with those who have established a formal relationship with IPMA-USA (see below).

  • Link Exchange: Non-Profit and professional organizations related to Project Management can sign up with us for a reciprocal Link Exchange, see below.
  • Competence Enablers
    Consultancies, Trainers and Educational Institutions can sign up as Competence Enablers, our relationship management program for PM Vendors that understand how to develop PM Competence.

For those who prefer dialogue to alliances, go to our IPMA-USA Linked In Group. Note that our Linked In Group is open to all, and not limited to members.


Strategic Alliance and Affiliate Relationships

The links below reflect several types of special relationships and signed agreements with Project Management-related organizations that work together with IPMA-USA to advance the state of the program and project management discipline.


International Business Development CouncilIn September 2008, representatives from a number of professional organizations met at the headquarters of the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, DC, to establish strategic alliances through an umbrella organization, later named the “International Business Development Council” (IBDC).

The Council was officially formed on 9 March 2009. The Council’s goal is to develop global partnerships and programs that benefit the members represented by the consituent organizations, and promote the value and recognition of their respective professions through:

  • Research and knowledge sharing, i.e. common body of knowledge and thought leadership, reciprocal agreements for access to separate bodies of knowledge, conference participation, etc.
  • Mutual support with speaker exchanges, recruitment of new members, promotion of events, awareness development (booth swaps, etc.)
  • Reciprocal member discounts for publications, conferences, symposia, seminars, events, webinars and workshops
  • Collaboration on curricula and accreditation programs, career path development, college and university affiliations, mentor/protégé programs, etc.

There are seven founding members of the IBDC, including IPMA-USA, and we present them below:


Association for Strategic PlanningFounded in 1999, the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) is the only not-for-profit professional association dedicated to advancing thought and practice in strategy development and deployment for business, non-profit and government organizations. ASP provides opportunities to explore cutting-edge strategic planning principles and practices that enhance organizational success and advance members' and organizations' knowledge, capability, capacity for innovation, and professionalism.


APMP LogoWelcome to APMP, Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Today, individuals and businesses need a competitive edge to survive, to grow, and to remain profitable. APMP provides opportunities through membership to gain valuable knowledge about business development and industry best practices to help you and your enterprise achieve high growth goals. Our mission is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of new business acquisition and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in those pursuits.


ibdc5The Business Development Institute International (BD-Institute) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting business development (BD) excellence through the Capability Maturity Model® for Business Development (BD-CMM).

We provide direct support and services to organizations that use BD-CMM as their framework, path, and guide for managing and improving business development results.


ibdc4The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) is a non-profit foundation recognized as the international authority on the role of contracting and Commitment Management in the global networked economy. A leader in research and innovative learning techniques, IACCM works with corporations, public and academic bodies to provide thought-leadership and understanding of "best practice" contracting and relationship standards.


ibdc3The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is a membership-based, professional society, formed in 1959 to foster the professional growth and educational advancement of its members. NCMA leads and represents the contract management profession.

Our vision is that enterprises will succeed through improved buyer–seller relationships based on common values, practices, and professional standards. NCMA's mission is to improve organizational performance through effective contract management.


ibdc6The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) is a global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge. Our mission is to enhance the success of our members through leadership, education, advocacy, and networking.

SCIP provides education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of competitive intelligence (the legal and ethical collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors). Many SCIP members have backgrounds in market research, strategic analysis, or science and technology.


More Alliances

Max Wideman's Site LogoGot a Project Management question?
Max Wideman, the primary author and editor of the 1987 PM Body of Knowledge, probably has the answer at: www.maxwideman.com.


IPMAIPMA – International Project Management Association.
With Member Associations in over 50 countries, IPMA is the first PM Association to serve the practice of Project and Program Management, the first to offer advanced role-specific, competence-based certifications of project and program managers. IPMA is also first-to-mind for true Global Organizations, and for national government agencies that wish to improve their practice of PM. IPMA-USA is the U.S.A. Member Association of IPMA.


IPMI LogoInstitute of Project Management, Ireland
This strong alliance was initiated by Institute Director General Edward Naughton and past IPMA-USA President Dr. Lewis Ireland, this is the first Affiliate Agreement we signed.

Affiliate Agreements such as ours with Ireland provide a framework for more than co-marketing and content sharing, to include sharing research, joint conferences, and other member benefits. Visit our Irish friends at: www.projectmanagement.ie.


Want To Connect with IPMA-USA?
We continually evaluate Strategic Alliance and Affiliate Agreement opportunities with other not-for-profit organizations, and those will also appear on this page. We are interested in establishing Strategic Alliance agreements with other Project-related non-profit membership organizations. Working together, we can more quickly advance the practice of Project Management.

Each relationship involves a signed agreement that spells out the intent and advantages of the working relationship. Please contact us if you are involved with a not-for-profit organization that could benefit from the relationships identified on this page, Strategic Alliance Partners. Please submit your suggestions for inclusions on this page by e-mailing us suggesting Alliance Partners.

The Link Exchange is our reciprocal exchange of links with non-profit and professional associations related to Project Management. We provide them as a courtesy to Members and Associates. Commercial organizations should investigate our Competence Enabler page as the best way for you to achieve your IPMA-USA acclaim.

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