1st Edition

Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution An Evidence-Based Project Success Model

    374 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    374 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution provides a masterclass in the project and people management skills that set apart the most accomplished design and construction professionals. This textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students distils the insights gleaned over the authors’ decades of experience in academia and industry into actionable principles for success in a notoriously demanding field.

    Combining real life case studies with original research, Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution points the way from the classroom to the jobsite. Interactive exercises allow readers to take the role of junior project managers and other emerging professionals and reason through the ethical dilemmas surrounding building projects from the initial bid to completion. Chapters on stakeholder alignment, productivity, and project success ensure that aspiring leaders’ business decisions are as economically sound as they are ethically correct.

    From its accessible, conversational tone to the lifetime’s worth of construction wisdom it shares, Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution offers an extended mentoring session with three giants of the building industry.

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Leadership, Ethics, and Project Execution


    Chapter 2 Introduction to Leadership

    Chapter 3 Principles of Leadership

    Chapter 4 Techniques for Construction Leaders

    Chapter 5 Leadership and Management

    Chapter 6 Some Highlights of Leadership


    Chapter 7 Personal Ethics

    Chapter 8 Professional Ethics

    Chapter 9 Business Conduct

    Chapter 10 How to Make Better Ethical Decisions

    Chapter 11 Leadership and Ethics


    Chapter 12 Project Delivery

    Chapter 13 Aligned Project Delivery

    Chapter 14 Leadership, Productivity, and Team Effectiveness

    Chapter 15 Other Essential Elements of Project Execution

    Chapter 16 Project Success


    F.H. (Bud) Griffis, PhD, PE, (1938-2021) was Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. He was also Executive Vice President in the firm of Robbins, Pope and Griffis Engineers, P.C. of New York (RPG).

    Frederick B. Plummer, Jr., PhD, is an executive with over 37 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry. He is currently a writer, investor, and self-employed consultant.

    Francis X. DarConte, PhD, RA, is a research professor and construction management faculty member at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. He is also a self-employed consultant with over 35 years of experience in the commercial building industry.

    "The authors regard project management as ‘a people business,’ and their eloquent book offers vital lessons on how ethics and leadership are fundamental, inextricable parts of successful project management." –Joanne B. Ciulla, Director, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School

    "This book provides an uncommon perspective, in that it spans both the academic and the industry realm. Too often, solely academic research, by its nature, is devoid of industry experienceThe research informing this innovative book is a prime example of solid academic and industry knowledge being coordinated and applied to optimize construction project teamwork. That team cohesion fills a major gap in current industry project delivery and will ultimately lead to a better project for the client and project team members." –Charles E. Jettmar, Managing Director, Capital Projects and Engineering, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

    "This book is unique, as it brings together the theory and reality of the construction process in a way no one else has. Construction management is like the weather–everyone talks about it but never does anything to change it. This book will change how you think about construction and defines what is really important for everyone on a project team. I find it exciting to see the concepts of our profession synthesized into a clear roadmap for project success." –John Shea, Chief Executive Officer for Facilities and Construction, New York City Department of Education