Project management: the high ground of professionalism or the swamp of the real world

Todhunter, Barrie (2010) Project management: the high ground of professionalism or the swamp of the real world. In: 7th Annual Project Management Australia Conference (PMOz 2010): Building on the Global Recovery, 23-26 Aug 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper is an exploration of anomalies that exist in the education and training of project managers to assist them in becoming the future members of a truly recognisable and sustainable profession. The current education model for project management (PM) is substantially different to that of other professions and has been examined previously, but there has been little research into where the primary responsibility should lie for developing future generations of project managers. Many questions arise by virtue of the unique nature of PM. Will practitioners see themselves as professional project managers first and foremost, or will 'accidental' project managers continue to see their role as an overlay to their substantive role as engineer, IT specialist, health care worker, etc? Executive committees of professional PM bodies are generally dominated by passionate practitioners, but who lack formal academic PM qualifications. Formal PM education is predominantly delivered by educators without PM qualifications and with limited practical experience in the discipline. Would this be tolerated in professions such as medicine, engineering or architecture? PM desperately needs experienced and qualified educators who can provide a platform for effective education and training based on established pedagogical models, rather than fragmented profit-driven programs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 04:49
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: education; training; profession; project management; higher education research
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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