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Project Management as a Discipline in its own right. Steve Armstrong Faculty of Mathematics and Computing The Open University. [email protected] Context. some history where do I step in? where do I want to go with the subject? what do you think?. A project manager.

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Project management as a discipline in its own right

Project Management as a Discipline in its own right

Steve Armstrong

Faculty of Mathematics and Computing

The Open University

[email protected]


Context

Context

  • some history

  • where do I step in?

  • where do I want to go with the subject?

  • what do you think?


A project manager

A project manager

  • has certain skills

    • knowledge, experience and background

  • has a number of resources

    “…with people and things to talk about” (Lennon and MaCartney)

  • works in a given context

    that influences the possibilities and outcome

    • e.g. “time and tide wait for no man”


A discipline

A discipline?

  • exercising control over group of people

  • a form of physical, mental or moral training

  • a branch of instruction or learning

  • magic words: “training” and “learning” implychange


Raising the profile of project management

Raising the profile of project management

  • promote teaching and research in the subject

    • the profession and its practitioners

  • guarding the provision of training and education

    • standards and their quality

  • promote research into the body of knowledge

    • and its relation to practice


A network of excellence

A Network of Excellence

  • for the development of the management of projects (PROMNET)

  • structured around centres of excellence

    • integration through a dedicated panel or “Senate”

  • each centre includes topics from the APM’s BoK


Centres of excellence

Centres of Excellence

  • foundation knowledge

  • management of projects

  • management of business

  • environment

  • management of change

  • personal development

  • project performance

  • project resources


How would centres work

How would centres work?

  • collect and co-ordinate information on a related topic

  • use results from research and development to build on a topic

  • generate views on the required competency for a topic


Can t operate in isolation

Can’t operate in isolation

  • integrative node

    e.g. organizational behaviour and culture

  • special forum for economic sectors

    e.g. banking, construction and technology

  • forum for professional bodies

    e.g. IEE, BCS and CIMA

  • forum for academic and educational co-operation


Trial research topics

Trial research topics

  • funding

    • a current topic

  • supply chains

    • a current topic in software engineering

  • emotional literacy

    • inspired by dispute resolution


Closing remarks

Closing remarks

  • the link between teaching and research

    • the next call for EU funded projects

      (for Framework 6 see http://europa.eu.int/comm/research)

  • next steps

    • comments welcome


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