Reconceptualising project management methodologies for a post-postmodern era

McKenna, Terry and Whitty, S. Jonathan (2012) Reconceptualising project management methodologies for a post-postmodern era. In: PMOz 2012 Incorporating the PMI Australia National Conference, 15-16 Aug 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

As populations grow, technology advances, and socioeconomic complexity rises, organisations are required to recurrently adapt to their particular environments in order to survive. Project management methodologies are one relatively recent adaptation to the organisations’ faculty for means of production. A literature review provides a framework to trace the evolution of modern project management methodologies through time and illustrates how they have been shaped by the various and particular pressures and constraints of their environments. The analysis reveals how modern
project management methodologies are inherently ‘old technology’ and how a reconceptualization of their function and structure is required if they are to enable organisations to recurrently gain the competitive edge in
an increasingly complex and demanding world. Conclusions are drawn about the convergent evolutionary nature of the various forms of methodologies and
reasoned speculations are made about their future function, design, and significance as a strategic organisational device.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2013 04:53
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 00:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: socioeconomic complexity, project management methodology, post-postmodernism
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
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22707

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