The impact of Puritan ideology on aspects of project management

Whitty, Stephen Jonathan and Schulz, Mark Frederick (2007) The impact of Puritan ideology on aspects of project management. International Journal of Project Management, 25 (1). pp. 10-20. ISSN 0263-7863

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This paper examines the impact of Puritan ideology on various aspects of project management. By using a memetic approach to project management research, this paper traces the development of the ethos or spirit of project management from its Puritan origins. It argues that contrary to traditional thinking, project management has developed against a background of Puritan elements (memes) that are favourable to the development of capitalism. Moreover, it is suggested that these religious origins continue to impact in a conservative way on how the project management discipline evolves; limiting its development, oversimplifying the process of managing people, and consequentially thwarting nonconformists.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Elsevier).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2010 11:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: history of project management; Puritan ideology; memetic; spirit of project management; religion; doctrinal supremacy; Protestant work ethic; scientific management; managerialism
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220209 History of Ideas
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2006.05.002

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