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Prospects for Professionalism in Project Management

Damian Hodgson and Daniel Muzio

in The Oxford Handbook of Project Management

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199563142
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199563142.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Prospects for Professionalism in Project Management

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There has been in recent years a marked upsurge in interest in professionalism in project management. The professionalization of project management is apparently demanded by employers, clients, and sponsors alike, seeking guarantees of competence in the delivery of projects. Equally, there appears to be significant demand on the part of project management (PM) practitioners seeking more secure and transferable credentials to act as guarantees of competence and to build a more reliable, informed, and effective knowledge base in what is often an “accidental” or secondary profession. Nonetheless, skepticism persists regarding the depth and breadth of project management's institutionalized knowledge base, and the potential for the field to attain the levels of internal organization, legitimacy, and influence achieved by other, more established professions. Key to this debate are the activities of the various professional associations which represent project management.

Keywords: project management; professionalism; institutionalized knowledge base; internal organization; legitimacy; professional associations

Article.  9236 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Operations Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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