Helpful to those tasked with managing complex environments, Projects and Complexity introduces a new way of looking at projects and fostering the culture needed to achieve sustainable results. It brings together experts from the academic, military, and business worlds to explore project management in the context of complexity theory and organizations. These experts explore a systemic and organic approach to projects that widens the scope of a project manager’s role as well as the tools and capabilities required.
The book provides readers with an understanding of the roots of project management in complexity theory and the human sciences. It explores seven principles of complexity theory and applies them to project management; examining project needs and features in terms of success parameters, team and stakeholders’ perspectives, the project manager’s perspective, and the perspectives of theory and practice.
The contributors examine cutting-edge organizational models from management research and military leadership and map them to project management. They integrate insights from various disciplines to introduce tools that are relatively unknown to project managers and leaders. The book describes a paradigm that is complementary to traditional project management and also provides you with the philosophical, general management, and complexity theory findings needed to lead successful projects in complex environments.
… thought-provoking, and inspiring. I particularly engaged with the sections on complexity, on the project as a complex adaptive system, and on chrónos-versus-kairós time. Some of these issues are starting to emerge as key elements in the future landscape of project-based management … this text will assist in appreciating, understanding, and accepting the need for project management to be explored and documented in new and different ways. Read this book. It will reward you in many ways, and will probably change the way that you think about project management in the future.
—Dr. Steve Leybourne, Boston University
A fascinating book bringing a new philosophy and a fresh view to project management. … provides clear insights on key challenges and dynamics of project implementation in a rapidly changing environment. It is more than a technical reference book for project managers: I found it stimulating, thoughtful, and broadly applicable to any complex management endeavor.
—Nicoletta Scannavini, Sr. Marketing Manager, EMEA Financial Institutions Group, A.T. Kearney
This book contains precious pages, which bring the readers to an intellectual experience beyond the deepening of the thematic of project management, creating an exploration adventure into the most urgent nodes of the organizational and managerial contemporary experience.
—Giuseppe Varchetta, Former Chief of Organizational Development, Unilever, Italy
It is very true what this book says about the analogy between projects and systems: a system is a project in progress. It is evident, more than ever, that in a complex system the technical/technological infrastructure is an essential and enabling component, but it is not the whole.
—Marco Lisi, System & Operations Manager, European Space Agency
Complexity in Projects: A Humanistic View; Francesco Varanini
A Philosopher of Science’s Opinion; Ginaluca Bocchi
Testimonies and Complexity; Fernando Giancotti
The Shared Vision as a Change Engine; Alberto Felice De Toni
Self-Organized Project Management; Luca Comello
The Project beyond WBS; Livio Paradiso & Michela Ruffa
Stakeholders’ Worlds; Carlo Notari & Mariù Moresco
The Propitious Time; Diego Centanni
Leadership and Complexity; Stefano Morpurgo
Narrating to Believe; Bice Dellarciprete & Andrea Pinnola
Risk and Complexity; Roberto Villa
The Value of Redundancy; Bruna Bergami
An Ongoing Journey; Walter Ginevri