Whitty, S. Jonathan and Maylor, Harvey (2007) And then came complex project management. In: 21st IPMA World Congress on Project Management, 18-20 Jun 2007, Cracow, Poland.
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The subject of management is renowned for its addiction to fads and fashions. Project Management is no exception. The issue of interest for this paper is the establishment of the ‘College of Complex Project Managers’ and their ‘competency standard for complex project managers.’ Both have generated significant interest in the Project Management community, and like any other human endeavour they should be subject to critical evaluation. The results of this evaluation show significant flaws in the definition of complex in this case, the process by which the College and its standard have emerged, and the content of the standard. However, there is a significant case for a portfolio of research that extends the existing bodies of knowledge into large-scale complicated (or major) projects that would be owned by the relevant practitioner communities, rather than focused on one organization. Research questions are proposed that would commence this stream of activity towards an intelligent synthesis of what is required to manage in both complicated and truly complex environments.
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