Study details

Europe's largest scientific multi-project management study!

Today, projects inevitably compete for resources and have complex content and time dependencies This has given rise to management tasks that require a holistic view of a company's project landscape. The Departments of Technology and Innovation Management at the Technical Universities of Darmstadt and Berlin are researching the critical success factors of project landscape management in close cooperation with practitioners. For more than ten years, the research group Multi Project Management (MPM) of Professors Alexander Kock (TU Darmstadt) and Hans Georg Gemünden (TU Berlin) has been collecting

data on best practices and success factors in project portfolio managementwithin the framework of regular benchmarking studies. In the past seven benchmarking studies, more than 700 companies with a joint portfolio volume of more than €150 billion have been examined. The analysis of more than 70,000 detailed answers has resulted in over 30 scientific publications and eight successful dissertations to date. The findings contain levers for designing a more efficient and effective multi-project management in the future.

The MPM focus topic: Future Preparedness

how to increase economic, ecological, and social success through effective project portfolio management.

Economic success combines long-term viability with entrepreneurial orientation in the project portfolio.

Ecological success means not only prioritizing sustainability through specific projects but embedding it in the multi-project management system.

Social success means promoting key people and their cooperation and thus increasing project management competence.


All the information on the study can be found in compact form in our information flyer.

Excerpt from the general and individual final report of the MPM Study 2020. Participants from Australia receive the final report in English.

Regular cycle

Every two years, we offer you the opportunity to regularly measure and anonymously compare your MPM performance through our benchmarking study. By participating in the study, you will receive an individual comparison with the largest MPM database in Europe and a company-specific feedback report on your MPM performance. Secure your study participation and register online via our registration form.


After your registration via our registration form, we will send you personalized links to participate in our survey by mail. You will then have 4 to 6 weeks to complete the survey online. The study survey takes a total of about 4 months. Afterwards, we evaluate the results, create your individual final report and send it to you by e-mail. Finally, we invite you to the MPM user conference. There, you can expect a presentation of the study results, inspiring practical presentations and an exchange with other study participants about best practices and current trends in multi-project management.

Study goals

Identification and highlighting of "best practices"

Comparison of participating companies with top and low performers.

Presentation of current trends and developments in multi-project management

Comparison and interpretation of the results with previous studies

Analysis of success factors across all phases of project portfolio management

Target group

Large and medium-sized companies that face the challenges of multi-project management and have at least 20 projects to manage in parallel can participate in our benchmarking studies.

The addressees are project portfolio coordinators such as multi-project managers, portfolio managers, programme managers, members of the Project Management Office (PMO) and portfolio decision-makers from the board of directors, business, divisional, and departmental management.

Your benefits as study participant

Individual feedback report

with comparision of your MPM performance with top and low performers

Evaluation of the MPM performance development

in comparison with the participation in previous MPM studies (only for previous participants)

Report of the study

with critical success factors and recommendations for a successful MPM

A scientifically proven questionnaire

for further internal evaluation

Guaranteed participation

in the MPM conference for a reduced fee

The Study is free of charge for participating companies

as the study is financed by research funds

Your contribution as study participant

We provide you with access to three different questionnaires, which can be conveniently completed online by different groups of informants:

Project Portfolio Decision-Makers

The target group is senior management, which makes decisions on project selection, postponement or termination. One decision maker questionnaire per portfolio is required. The time required for processing is about 25 minutes.

Project Portfolio Coordinator

The target group are people who have a very good overview of multi-project management as a coordinator in the company. One coordinator questionnaire per portfolio is required. The time required for processing is approx. 60 minutes.

Project Managers

The target group are project managers of the company portfolio, who ideally have several years of experience in the company. Any number of project manager questionnaires can be processed per portfolio. The time required for processing is about 20 minutes.

Excerpt from the participants of previous studies

3M ESPE | ABB | Airbus | AXA | Axel Springer SE | Bayer | Beiersdorf | BeOne Hamburg GmbH | Biotronik | BMW | Bombardier | Bosch Rexroth AG | Bundesagentur für Arbeit Nürnberg | Bundesamt für Landestopografie swisstopo | Citibank | Claas | Coca-Cola | Continental | Daimler | DAK | Deutsche Bahn | Deutsche Bank | DFS | Deutsche Lufthansa | Deutsche Telekom | Dr. Acel & Partner AG | DZ Bank AG | E.ON | E.R. Capital Holding GmbH | Evonik | F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd | Federal-Mogul Sealing System GmbH | Flughafen Zürich AG | Giesecke&Devrient | Gothaer Versicherung | GPM Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V. | Hamburger Sparkasse | Harting Electronics GmbH & Co. KG Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG | Helbako GmbH | Helsana | Henkel | HP | Hochtief | Huber Suhner AG | HUK-Coburg | Investitionsbank Berlin | Inselspital Bern | KfW Bankengruppe | Kistler Instrumente AG | KKH-Kaufmännische Krankenkasse | Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Brüder Trier | LogicX GmbH | Lufthansa Cargo AG | MAN | Mann + Hummel | Media-Saturn Holding GmbH | Motorola | Novartis O2 | Otto Bock | Paul Hettich | Parexel | PepsiCo Deutschland GmbH | Putzmeister | Robert Bosch | RWE | SAP | SBB | Schaeffler | Schreiner Group | Siemens | skyguide | STADA Arzneimittel AG | Stadtsparkasse München | Standard Life Versicherungen | SV Sparkassenversicherung | Swissport International Ltd. International | Symrise AG | TARGOBANK AG & Co. KGaA | Thurgauer Kantonalbank | Thyssen Krupp | Trumpf | Union Investment | Vattenfall | Volkswagen | WILO SE | Wittenstein | Zurich Group | Zürcher Kantonalbank uvm.