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Project Ethics

1st Edition

By Haukur Ingi Jonasson, Helgi Thor Ingason


156 pages

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How relevant is ethics to project management? The book - which aims to demystify the field of ethics for project managers and managers in general - takes both a critical and a practical look at project management in terms of success criteria, and ethical opportunities and risks. The goal is to help the reader to use ethical theory to further identify opportunities and risks within their projects and thereby to advance more directly along the path of mature and sustainable managerial practice. Project Ethics opens with an investigation of the critical success factors in project management. It then illustrates how situations can arise within projects where values can compete, and looks at how ethical theories on virtue, utility, duty and rights can be used as competence eye-openers to evaluate projects. The reader is challenged to think of their project management experiences where questions of competing values surfaced, and mirror them in short vignettes taken from real practice from all round the globe. Finally, a new method is introduced, based on classical ethical theory, which can help project owners, project managers, project teams and stakeholders, to identify, estimate and evaluate ethical opportunities and risks in projects.


’The authors refer to more than 15 industries (aerospace to healthcare to software and everything in between) throughout the book. … The addition of ethical risk analyses in management plans and project lifecycle will particularly enable the project leaders in managing mega-projects (with diverse stakeholders), help deal with ethical dilemmas and take swift actions. … This book offers a fast-track learning of fundamental concepts of ethics in project management.’ PM World Journal, vol. IV, no. VIII, August 2015 ’This book will instil more confidence in the PM profession and will help individuals become better practitioners.’ PM World Journal, vol. II, no. V ’Project leaders managing any type of project but especially large complex projects with a diverse stakeholder group would benefit from this book. By adding the ethical analysis to the risk assessment management plan, the project leader will consider the broader implication of the project.’ PM World Journal, vol. III, no. VII

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The critical path of project ethics; Outcome-oriented ethics: virtue ethics; Outcome-oriented ethics: utility ethics; Process-oriented project ethics: duty ethics; Process-oriented project ethics: rights ethics; Project evaluation and (ethical) risks; Conclusions; References; Index.

About the Authors

Haukur Ingi Jonasson (Cand. theol., University of Iceland; STM, PhD, Union Theological seminar); clinical training in pastoral counselling, Lennox Hill Hospital; psychoanalytical training, Harlem Family Institute New York City; is an assistant professor at the Reykjavik University School of Science and Engineering. He heads the MPM (Master in Project Management) programme at the university. He is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a management consultant at Nordica Consulting Group ehf; As a consultant, his clients have included the energy companies, banks, hospitals, the government and other public and private organisations. Mr Helgi Thor Ingason holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and an MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland. He is Professor in industrial engineering at the University of Iceland and lectures in project management, quality management, facilities planning and process metallurgy. He is the head of the Master in Project Management (MPM) program at the university and a main lecturer in the program. Helgi Thor is a co-founder and chairman of Alur, alvinnsla hf, a recycling company that works with the aluminium industry in Iceland.

About the Series

Advances in Project Management

Project management has become a key competence for most organisations in the public and private sectors. Driven by recent business trends such as fewer management layers, greater flexibility, increasing geographical distribution and more project-based work, project management has grown beyond its roots in the construction, engineering and aerospace industries to transform the service, financial, computer, and general management sectors. In fact, a Fortune article rated project management as the number one career choice at the beginning of the 21st century. Yet many organizations have struggled in applying the traditional models of project management to their new projects in the global environment. Project management offers a framework to help organisations to transform their mainstream operations and service performance. It is viewed as a way of organising for the future. Moreover, in an increasingly busy, stressful, and uncertain world it has become necessary to manage several projects successfully at the same time. According to some estimates the world annually spends well over $10 trillion (US) on projects. In the UK alone, more than £250 billion is spent on projects every year. Up to half of these projects fail! A major ingredient in the build-up leading to failure is often cited as the lack of adequate project management knowledge and experience. Some organizations have responded to this situation by trying to improve the understanding and capability of their managers and employees who are introduced to projects, as well as their experienced project managers in an attempt to enhance their competence and capability in this area. Advances in Project Management provides short, state of play, guides to the main aspects of the new emerging applications including: maturity models, agile projects, extreme projects, six sigma and projects, human factors and leadership in projects, project governance, value management, virtual teams, project benefits.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics