Future practitioners of project management – are we disciples of Stanley Kubrick or Ridley Scott?

Todhunter, Barrie (2013) Future practitioners of project management – are we disciples of Stanley Kubrick or Ridley Scott? Project Perspectives, 35. pp. 50-55. ISSN 1795-4363

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To peer into the future, we need to explore the tracks we have left behind as well as the prism through which we envisage what is yet to come. In this paper, the author examines the nature and historical role of project management, the forces that have defined the role of the project manager in society, and the challenges that lie beyond our immediate horizons. Stanley Kubrick provided images of inspirational projects that future project managers might one day deliver, while Ridley Scott gave us a far bleaker view of the failed legacy of project managers of the future. The author then discusses the challenges facing education and training in the development of future project managers. What are the appropriate attributes? Who are the key players moulding future generations of project managers? What are their visions of our future heroes who may be asked to manage the very existence of the human race?

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Previously published as conference proceedings for the IPMA 2011 World Congress.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 06:28
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 04:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: project management; future; education; training; attributes
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22269

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