The private life of project managers - the social struggle

Whitty, S. Jonathan (2011) The private life of project managers - the social struggle. In: PMOz 2011 Incorporating the PMI Australia National Conference: Project Management at the Speed of Light, 2‐5 Aug 2011, Sydney, Australia.

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The Private Life of Project Managers is a conceptual paper that takes a Darwinian approach to the concepts, practices, and behaviours of project managers. It contends that evolutionary science can help understand why project managers do what they do, and why they sometimes engage in convoluted, intricate, and occasionally devious or contradictory activities.

This conference paper examines some of the day-to-day habits of the modern project manager and of their group behaviour, and how these lead to their survival and advancement in the complex corporate world rather than making a direct positive impact on the project.

The intention of the paper is to make the case for a new way of thinking about project managers and their projects which embraces their human fallibilities and the often unpredictable nature of their project work.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No indication of copyright restrictions. Need password to access proceedings.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2012 05:42
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2017 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: project management; evolution; professionalism
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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