Projects, Government, and Public Policy
Many governments have effectively organized public project implementation systems in their jurisdictions. At the same time, many other countries remain at a less advanced level of public project management. Globally, there is a need for project management knowledge to be transferred between governments. However, no systematic review of these practices has been developed to date. Projects, Government, and Public Policy was written to fulfill this need and presents a review of project management practices in countries with developed project-based capabilities. This book uses its own rigorous model to present this review systematically. This book’s practical purpose is to give a structured overview of government-level project management practices. This knowledge can be used in the work of governments to improve the management of public projects and the implementation of public policies.
Many professionals working in public institutions understand project management concepts differently than project management professionals. Therefore, this book begins with a chapter that describes the differences between the conceptual basis of public administration and project management. The body of this book has five parts. Part I is mainly intended for those involved in government and public administration who want to acquire or increase knowledge about project management. Part II provides an overview of the basic concepts from the theory of public administration, public policies, and development management. Part III describes what makes public projects unique and the success factors specific to projects of this sector. Knowledge about effective government project management practices is covered in Part IV. The concluding Part V begins with a general overview of the maturity model concept. Its main part covers the description of a maturity model showing ways to systematically improve the implementation of public projects.
This book is written for governments and government administrators, including the most influential decision-makers, who craft policies to guide a country’s development as well as how to implement projects. This book is also intended for supporters and enthusiasts of project management in government and public administration by providing them with a description of the solutions used by project management in public administration. This book is intended, too, for all project management practitioners working for public projects: project managers, team members, sponsors, and middle-level executives of project-delivering private companies. By knowing public administration concepts, they can manage their projects better and use a common language with their clients.
1 Discrepancies between Public Administration and Project Management
PART I PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
2 The Most Important Concepts
3 What Is Managed in Projects?
4 Preparing Organization for Project Implementation
5 Managing Multiple Projects
6 Other Approaches to Project Management
PART II PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR PROJECT MANAGERS
7 State, Its Structure, and Development Phases
8 Government and Public Administration
10 Instruments – What Governments Can Do?
11 Public Policies
12 Phases of Understanding Public Administration
13 Quality of Government
14 State Capabilities
PART III PUBLIC PROJECTS ARE SPECIFIC
15 Approaches to Differences between Research on Public and Other Sector Projects
16 Differences between Public Projects and Projects of Other Sectors
17 Differences of Complexity
18 Why Public Projects Succeed
PART IV PRACTICES OF PUBLIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT
19 Governance Territory (Government Level)
20 Delivery Territory
21 Support Area
22 Development Area
23 Governmental Project Implementation System and Managing It
PART V THE WAY AHEAD. HOW TO IMPROVE IT?
24 Maturity Models
25 Improving Governmental Project Implementation Systems with GPM3