Meet MSM's faculty members: introducing Mirjana Stanišić


Maastricht School of Management provides scientific knowledge allowing managers and entrepreneurs to make evidence-based decisions. To achieve our mission we encourage and support our faculty members in a broad range of areas. MSM’s faculty members are passionate about what they do and tenacious in finding solutions to the toughest business challenges. Each month MSM will highlight one of its faculty members and this month the spotlight is on Mirjana Stanišić.

Let me introduce myself…
My name is Mirjana Stanišić (Serbian), the combination of conducting training sessions, project management and doing various consultancy tasks makes my position within MSM a very interesting one. Using different skills and knowledge and tailor it to different target groups, whether is an executive program, an MBA or project related counterpart, gives a special flavour to it. I hold an MSc degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Before coming to the Netherlands, thirteen years ago, I worked as a national expert in Serbia, in the field of sustainable and environmental development. In this position I was involved in the preparation of various projects funded by World Bank, UNECE, UNEP, mostly in the field of environment and natural resources use and protection. After moving to the Netherlands, I continued working and lecturing in the field of project management, gradually developing a multidisciplinary approach in combining the knowledge in project management, sustainable development and environmental management.

The research I am currently working on…
Currently I am halfway through getting my PhD degree in the field of “Natural Resource Governance and Climate Change”. Furthermore I am preparing to participate in the International Union of Forestry Researchers Organization (IUFRO) 125 year anniversary congress in Freiburg, Germany. During this congress I will present a research paper on institutional framework and stakeholder participation related to the climate change mitigation.

Trying to find the best solution for a certain challenge is what makes my work at MSM so valuable
The “There's no one-size-fits-all” approach from a project management and methodology perspective is exactly how I would describe the challenge and beauty of being a project management trainer in an executive course. No matter whether I am teaching in a Project Design Tools, Project Monitoring tools or Project Management program working at a lecturer in different locations around the world, knowledge sharing, interaction with people and trying to find the best solution for a certain challenge is what makes my work at MSM valuable. I am especially looking forward to work in the upcoming MSM specialization course on the green inclusive innovation. In this course we will explore how much value one can bring providing green innovations that reduce environmental risks and ecological scarcities and which create solutions for bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers. Making a difference is something that guides me through my personal and professional development. And if it doesn’t make a difference, we have to make it a difference. 

The Scientific network that I am active in is..
I am a member of different project management professional groups as well as a member of International Union of Forestry Researchers Organization. I enjoy reading a good research article but I am also curious to read about project management experiences from the field.

My life motto is…
“Life is one big project, and we are all project managers”- this is what often tell participants and students at MSM. Planning your studies, preparing exams and meeting friends are just a few examples. Currently, my personal time is very limited and therefore I use my project planning skills to balance work, study and family time.

My most recent publication is
I am in the process of building up reserach activities related to my PhD study. The most recent publication is