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1st Edition

Rethinking Project Management for a Dynamic and Digital World

Edited By

Darren Dalcher

ISBN 9781032133119
Published January 26, 2022 by Routledge
326 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although project management is a newly recognised profession, it deals with a number of significant challenges. We seem to operate in an unprecedented environment, rife with change, innovation and turbulence. Moreover, projects by their very nature tend to push boundaries, encourage novelty and demand engagement with the uncertain and the unknown. Indeed, projects reflect our organised impulse to constantly amend, shape, improve and refine our context. So how can future projects overcome the challenges?

Rethinking Project Management for a Dynamic and Digital World makes a powerful and original statement equipping project leaders and managers with new approaches and frameworks for an increasingly demanding world where the traditional methods, models and mindsets no longer suffice. The book explores new trends, promising ideas and novel concepts and distils the fundamentals for marshalling a world concerned with people, communities and value by deploying innovation, rethinking purpose and acting responsibly.

An increasingly borderless, upwardly mobile and entrepreneurial society requires a revamped and revitalised project perspective that is more dynamic, adaptive and reflective. This volume brings together some of the best writing by leading authorities on many key topics, including benchmarking, lean quality, communicating, teams and teamwork, followership, organising for project work, project frameworks, agile working, project portfolios, strategic initiatives, strategic alignment, trust, entrepreneurship, putting people first, social processes, positive organisations, rethinking progress, the hacker paradigm, community, stewardship and knowledge management. The collection thus offers an invaluable new resource for informed managers looking to engage with the latest thinking and research and for researchers seeking to reflect on how the discipline is changing.





Table of Contents


Rethinking the Future of Project Management
Darren Dalcher

1. Quality

The Quest for Supreme Performance: Benchmarking to Save Lives
Darren Dalcher

Lean Quality in Construction Project Delivery: A New Model and Principles
John Oakland and Marton Marosszeky

2. Communication

Communicating Beyond Our Hidden Assumptions
Darren Dalcher

Communicating Project Management: A Participatory Rhetoric for Development Teams
Benjamin Lauren

3. Teams

From Teams and Teamwork to Teaming
Darren Dalcher

Leading Brainy Teams
Peter Cook

4. Leadership

The Followership Advantage: Reconfiguring Leadership for Success
Darren Dalcher

Human-Centred Management: A Systemic Interrelation
Roland Bardy

5. Life Cycle

Organising for Project Work: Thinking beyond Project Delivery
Darren Dalcher

The Project Framework: Understanding Gates and Stages
Robert Buttrick

6. Portfolios

Organising for Success in Project Portfolios, Initiatives and Strategies
Darren Dalcher

Strategic Goal Alignment and Portfolio Stakeholder Management
John Wyzalek

7. Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship Turn: Repositioning Projects as Successful Ventures
Darren Dalcher

Effectual Project Management: Thinking Like an Expert Entrepreneur
Laura Mathiaszyk, Christine Volkmann and Stuart Read

8. People

Building from The Inside: The Power of Social Organising
Darren Dalcher

Social Process for Project Leaders
Ian Macdonald, Catherine Burke  and Karl Stewart

9. Hacking

Hacking Innovation: Revisiting Teams, Productivity and Limits
Darren Dalcher

How to Herd Cats: The Art of The Hacker Paradigm Leadership
Tim Rayner

10. Stewardship

Taking Responsibility for Our Actions: Why It Is Time to Think About Stewardship
Darren Dalcher

A Strategic Approach to Product Stewardship
Helen Lewis

11. Knowledge

The Mind of the Maker: Making Sense of Knowledge
Darren Dalcher

Through the Knowledge Lens: KM Adventures in Project-Land
Judy Payne, Eileen J. Roden and Steve Simister


Rebooting Project Management for A Brighter Future
Darren Dalcher

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Darren Dalcher is Professor in Strategic Project Management at Lancaster University Management School and Director of the National Centre for Project Management. He has written 400 papers, articles and book chapters and published over 30 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process and Editor of the Routledge Frontiers in Project Management book series. Darren is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management (APM) and author and co-editor of the 7th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge.