- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Towards the Third Wave of Project Management
- A Brief History of Project Management
- Theoretical Foundations of Project Management: Suggestions for a Pluralistic Understanding
- The Evolution of Project Management Research: The Evidence from the Journals
- Prospects for Professionalism in Project Management
- The Project Business: Analytical Framework and Research Opportunities
- Projects and Partnerships: Institutional Processes and Emergent Practices
- Project Ecologies: A Contextual View on Temporary Organizations
- The P-Form Corporation: Contingencies, Characteristics, and Challenges
- Implementing Strategy through Projects
- Program Management: An Emerging Opportunity for Research and Scholarship
- Projects and Innovation: Innovation and Projects
- Project Governance
- Over Budget, Over Time, Over and Over Again: Managing Major Projects
- Managing Risk and Uncertainty on Projects: A Cognitive Approach
- Information Management and the Management of Projects
- Shaping Projects, Building Networks
- Innovating the Practice of Normative Control in Project Management Contractual Relations
- Trust in Relational Contracting and as a Critical Organizational Attribute
- Knowledge Integration in Product Development Projects: A Contingency Framework
- Leadership And Teamwork In Dispersed Projects
- Projects-as-Practice: New Approach, New Insights
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Project Management is a social construct. Our understanding of what it entails has evolved over the years, and is continuing to do so. This article traces the history of this evolution. It does so from the perspective of the professional project management community. It argues that although there are several hundred thousand members of project management professional associations around the world, and many more who deploy tools, techniques, and concepts which they, and others, perceive to be “project management,” there are differing views of the scope of the subject, of its ontology and epistemologies. Maybe this is true of many subjects which are socially constructed, but in the real world of projects, where people are charged with spending significant resources, misapprehension can be serious.
Peter W.G. Morris is Professor and Head of the School of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL). He is the author of over 110 papers and several books on the management of projects. A previous Chairman of the Association for Project Management, he was awarded the Project Management Institute's 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA's 2009 Research Award, and APM's 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Life-Time Achievement Award.
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