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Looking again at current practice in project management

Joyce Fortune (Technology Management Research Group, Department of Communication and Systems, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Diana White (Technology Management Research Group, Department of Communication and Systems, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
Kam Jugdev (Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University, St Albert, Canada)
Derek Walker (School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 13 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a survey designed to: capture the “real world” experiences of people active in project management (PM) in Australia, Canada and the UK; determine the extent to which those involved in the management of projects make use of the methods and techniques that are available; and discover how effective the methods and techniques are felt to be.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire comprising 24 questions with a mixture of yes/no, Likert‐scale, multiple choice and open questions was developed. These were designed so that the data gathered could be compared with the results of a similar survey conducted in the UK a decade ago. Professional networks and direct e‐mails were used to distribute the survey electronically to potential respondents who were actively involved in PM in the three countries. A total of 150 responses are used in the analysis, 50 from each country.

Findings

The results show that there are many areas where the experiences, practices and views are similar across all three countries and are comparable to the earlier UK survey. However, as is often the case, it is perhaps the differences that are of most interest and these are commented upon throughout the paper.

Originality/value

This paper sheds light on current practice across three countries and presents a useful historical perspective on PM trends in practice and rates of credentialization of those surveyed. It also provides useful quantitative results that can be used to more broadly speculate and make sense of other qualitative studies.

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Citation

Fortune, J., White, D., Jugdev, K. and Walker, D. (2011), "Looking again at current practice in project management", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 553-572. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538371111164010

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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