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Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology

6th Edition

By John M. Nicholas, Herman Steyn


792 pages | 362 Color Illus.

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Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology is a highly regarded textbook that addresses project management across all industries. First covering the essential background, from origins and philosophy to methodology, the bulk of the book is dedicated to concepts and techniques for practical application. Coverage includes project initiation and proposals, scope and task definition, scheduling, budgeting, risk analysis, control, project selection and portfolio management, program management, project organization, and all-important "people" aspects—project leadership, team building, conflict resolution and stress management.

The Systems Development Cycle is used as a framework to discuss project management in a variety of situations, making this the go-to book for managing virtually any kind of project, program or task force. The authors focus on the ultimate purpose of project management—to unify and integrate the interests, resources and work efforts of many stakeholders, as well as the planning, scheduling, and budgeting needed to accomplish overall project goals.

This 6th edition features:

  • Updates throughout to cover the latest developments in project management methodologies
  • New chapter on project procurement management and contracts
  • An expansion of case study coverage throughout, including those on the topic of sustainability and climate change, as well as cases and examples from across the globe, including India, Africa, Asia, and Australia
  • Extensive instructor support materials, including an instructor’s manual, PowerPoint slides, answers to chapter review questions and a test bank of questions.

Taking a technical yet accessible approach, this book is an ideal resource and reference for all advanced undergraduate and graduate students in project management courses as well as for practicing project managers across all industry sectors.


"An excellent book which provides comprehensive coverage of project management theory and practice with insights from technology-based case studies, practical examples and exercises. An essential core text for project management students in engineering and technology disciplines."Jane Britton, University College London, UK

"As a Professor who has taught Project Engineering for the last 14 years, I have also performed large scale Project Engineering throughout my first career (over 20 years) in Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology. When deciding on a textbook for my graduate Project Engineering class, I looked long and hard. I wasn’t finding what I was looking for and was going to write my own, until I found Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology. This is the textbook I would have written. It is robust, complete and easy to follow. The graphics, charts and figures are all very descriptive and real…. I highly recommend this textbook for anyone teaching Engineering, Business or Technology Project Management/Engineering. I also recommend it as a ‘keeper’ for students who will be guiding projects in the future."Mark Calabrese, University of Central Florida, USA

"This book has long been a comprehensive but accessible publication that provides valuable insights into the strategic and day-today management of projects both large and small. There are numerous publications in this field but Nicholas and Steyn have found the balance between the needs of experienced practitioners looking for ways to improve project outcomes, and the needs of students who are new to the project management field. The concepts are clearly and logically laid out, and the language is appropriate for a wide range of audiences. It continues to be a benchmark in a crowded field of publications offering both practical and strategic insights into the art and craft of project management."Barrie Todhunter, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

"I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book as a standard resource for teaching students in a university set up and/or for working executives in a project environment. The book is also a good resource as a study material for certification courses."Krishna Moorthy, Ex-Dean, Larsen & Toubro Institute of Project Management, India

"Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology is one of the most comprehensive textbooks in the field. Nicholas and Steyn explain the matter in a readable and easy-to-understand way, illustrated with interesting examples. The authors combine the ‘hard matter’ of project management with relevant behavioural aspects. Overall, a useful work for anyone new to the field or as reference for the more advanced project manager."Martijn Leijten, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

"Project management plays a vital role in achieving project objectives. Projects bring change and project management is recognised as the most effective way to managing such change. This book encourages readers to become interested and involved in the change towards renewed project management and management of projects."Benita Zulch, University of the Free State, South Africa

"A very comprehensive text. An excellent mix of materials to enable students to learn techniques and engage in discussion of scenarios."Richard Kamm, University of Bath, UK

Table of Contents

Part I: Philosophy and Concepts 1. What is Project Management? 2. Systems Approach Part II: Project Life Cycle 3. Project Life Cycle and Project Conception 4.Project Definition and System Definition 5. Project Execution and Closeout Part III: Systems and Procedures for Planning and Control 6. Basic Project Planning Techniques 7. Project Schedule Planning and Networks 8. Advanced Project Network Analysis and Scheduling 9. Cost Estimating and Budgeting 10. Project Quality Management 11. Project Risk Management 12. Project Procurement Management and Contracting 13. Project Monitoring and Control 14. Agile Project Management and Lean Part IV: Organizational Behavior 15. Project Organizational Structure and Integration 16. Project Roles and Stakeholders 17. Managing Participation, Teamwork, and Conflict Part V: Project Management in the Corporate Context 18. Meta-Management of Projects and Program Management 19. Project Selection and Portfolio Management 20. International Project Management

About the Authors

John M. Nicholas is Professor of Operations and Project Management at Loyola University Chicago, USA. He is an active teacher, writer, and researcher in the areas of project management and lean production, and has led or participated in projects with organizations such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bank of America, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Herman Steyn is Professor of Project Management in the Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has also managed a variety of large- and small-scale engineering projects and is the author of widely cited papers on project management.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management