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What might business want from the project management component of business schools?

Earlier this year (2012) an EFMD Meeting for Deans and Directors Generals was presented with the view of Sir Richard Lambert (Chancellor of Warwick University, UK) on what business wants from business schools. You can read the full (short) article, it won't take long;  Sir Richard suggests 4 key points: Embracing Diversity; Dealing with Uncertainty; Understanding the role of government and; the Purpose of business.

Many of Sir Richard's thoughts are directly related to the use and management of projects in our workplaces. For our context, projects and project management, I would extend his third point to cover governance (on the local scale) as well as government on the regional, national and international scale. 

Could a broader perspective on what we progress in the research and practice of project management imporve our capability? To name a few who are in the front of my mind as contributers to PRI, I can think of work by Thomas Lechler, out of Steven's Institute in New York, that is concerned with project managers realising and operating as part of larger business;  the work of Ole Jonny Klakegg in Norway creating understanding of governance and Government; Svetlana Cicmil , from UWE, UK, on uncertainty and complexity. This is not to mention those who we just beginning their careers or who have not bee involved with PRI to date.

 

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