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: 29 Jan 2018 05:54
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 : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
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: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2006.05.002

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