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Reconstructing Project Management

Author: Peter W. G. Morris
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118536916
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This hugely informative and wide-ranging analysis on the management of projects, past, present and future, is written both for practitioners and scholars. Beginning with a history of the discipline’s development, Reconstructing Project Management provides an extensive commentary on its practices and theoretical underpinnings, and concludes with proposals to improve its relevancy and value. Written not without a hint of attitude, this is by no means simply another project management textbook. The thesis of the book is that ‘it all depends on how you define the subject’; that much of our present thinking about project management as traditionally defined is sometimes boring, conceptually weak, and of limited application, whereas in reality it can be exciting, challenging and enormously important. The book draws on leading scholarship and case studies to explore this thesis. The book is divided into three major parts. Following an Introduction setting the scene, Part 1 covers the origins of modern project management – how the discipline has come to be what it is typically said to be; how it has been constructed – and the limitations of this traditional model. Part 2 presents an enlarged view of the discipline and then deconstructs this into its principal elements. Part 3 then reconstructs these elements to address the challenges facing society, and the implications for the discipline, in the years ahead. A final section reprises the sweep of the discipline’s development and summarises the principal insights from the book. This thoughtful commentary on project (and program, and portfolio) management as it has developed and has been practiced over the last 60-plus years, and as it may be over the next 20 to 40, draws on examples from many industry sectors around the world. It is a seminal work, required reading for everyone interested in projects and their management.

Reconstructing Project Management Reprised

Author: Peter W. G. Morris
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Many academic researchers are primarily interested in projects as examples of temporary organizations, rather than in questions about building a discipline for the delivery of goals. This paper explores whether there is a discipline for managing projects and that this discipline needs to be enlarged from how many perceive it today. In doing so, it summarizes the mission, content, and results of the book, Reconstructing Project Management (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) by Peter Morris. The first part traces how knowledge of the field developed, and how the subject has come to be constructed in the way we think of it today. The second part takes this construct apart, or deconstructs it, by describing the range of functions and skills that collectively constitute the latest thinking on the discipline. The third part looks at how these elements of project management may need to be recombined--reconstructed--to meet today's needs and tomorrow's challenges. The paper specifically investigates how our knowledge of managing projects was invented; how robust that knowledge is, in the sense of being reliable and true; and in what way and to what ends should we be using that knowledge and why. It compares management of projects with traditional project management and examines the bodies of knowledge and critical success factor studies. In addition, it lists some of the current issues in project management as a discipline, and identifies some of the topics in the discipline of managing projects. General principles of a discipline for developing and delivering outcomes that meet sponsor's goals are also discussed. The paper concludes by identifying examples of opportunities where project management can implement this value-enhancing approach.

The Management Of Projects

Author: Peter W. G. Morris
Publisher: Thomas Telford
ISBN: 9780727725936
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'This book will undoubtedly become one of the classics of the project management literature...There will be a growing need for project managers who can look beyond the internal processes of their projects to the organisational, technological and socio-economic contexts in which projects must be managed. A good starting point would be for all project managers to read' Construction Management and Economics

Safer Homes Stronger Communities

Author: Abhas K. Jha
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821382684
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This handbook is designed to guide public sector managers and development practitioners through the process of large-scale housing reconstruction after major disasters, based on the experiences of recent reconstruction programs in Aceh (Indonesia), Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Gujarat (India) and Bam (Iran).

Managing Construction Projects

Author: Graham M. Winch
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444314696
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Project management is of critical importance in construction, yet its execution poses major challenges. In order to keep a project on track, decisions often have to be made before all the necessary information is available. Drawing on a wide range of research, Managing Construction Projects proposes new ways of thinking about project management in construction, exploring the skills required to manage uncertainty and offering techniques for thinking about the challenges involved. The second edition takes the information processing perspective introduced in the first edition and develops it further. In particular, this approach deepens the reader’s understanding of the dynamics in the construction project process – from the value proposition inherent in the project mission, to the functioning asset that generates value for its owners and users. Managing Construction Projects is a unique and indispensible contribution to the available literature on construction project management. It will be of particular benefit to advanced students of construction and construction project management, as well as contractors and quantity surveyors. Reviews of the First edition: "A massive review of the art and science of the management of projects that has the great virtue of being a good read wherever it is touched. It spills the dirt on things that went wrong, elucidates the history so you can understand the industry's current stance, draws on other countries experience and explains the latest management processes. Throughout it is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes and case histories which amply illustrate the dos and don't for practitioners wishing to deliver projects on time to expected quality and price. A valuable book for students and practitioners alike." —John D Findlay, Director, Stent "This is a valuable source for practitioners and students. It covers the A-Z of project management in a confident contemporary manner, and provides a powerful and much needed conceptual perspective in place of a purely prescriptive approach. The engaging presentation introduces a range of challenges to established thinking about project management, often by making comparisons between practices in the UK and those of other countries." —Peter Lansley, Professor of Construction Management, University of Reading "A refreshing and unique study of information management and its impact upon international construction project management.... The book is well presented and written, logical and succinct and is flexible enough to allow readers to either read from start to finish or to dip into selected chapters. This book deserves to be an established text for any construction or civil engineering under - and/or postgraduate course." —CNBR, 25th November 2003 "Generous use is made of anecdotes andc case histories throughout to support the theory. the book illustrates the mistakes made by others, and the means to deliver projects on time and to cost." —Building Services Journal, April 2004

Project Management Essentials

Author: Kathryn Wells
Publisher: Business Expert Press
ISBN: 1631571893
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Project management is seen as a critical skill across a broad range of disciplines. Yet most people, regardless of educational background, have never received training in how to plan, manage, and execute projects. Project Management Essentials contains tried and true project management skills in a concise, up to date, user-friendly format. It follows the project lifecycle and provides several ready-to-use templates. A person can use this book to plan and manage a project from start to finish or as a reference for help with one particular component of project management. Alongside each template, is a brief description of what each template is, why it is useful, and an example to illustrate it.

Project Management In Extreme Situations

Author: Monique Aubry
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 131535635X
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The growing complexity of projects today, as well as the uncertainty inherent in innovative projects, is making obsolete traditional project management practices and procedures, which are based on the notion that much about a project is known at its start. The current high level of change and complexity confronting organizational leaders and managers requires a new approach to projects so they can be managed flexibly to embrace and exploit change. What once used to be considered extreme uncertainty is now the norm, and managing planned projects is being replaced by managing projects as they evolve. Successfully managing projects in extreme situations, such as polar and military expeditions, shows how to manage successfully projects in today’s turbulent environment. Executed under the harshest and most unpredictable conditions, these projects are great sources for learning about how to manage unexpected and unforeseen situations as they occur. This book presents multiple case studies of managing extreme events as they happened during polar, mountain climbing, military, and rescue expeditions. A boat accident in the Artic is a lesson on how an effective project manager must be ambidextrous: on one hand able to follow plans and on the other hand able to abandon those plans when disaster strikes and improvise new ones in response. Polar expeditions also illustrate how a team can use "weak links" to go beyond its usual information network to acquire strategic information. Fire and rescues operations illustrate how one team member’s knowledge can be transferred to the entire team. Military operations provide case material on how teams coordinate and make use of both individual and collective competencies. This groundbreaking work pushes the definitions of a project and project management to reveal new insight that benefits researchers, academics, and the practitioners managing projects in today’s challenging and uncertain times.