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Rethinking Project Management An Organisational Perspective

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ISBN-10: 027371547X

ISBN-13: 9780273715474

Edition: 2008

Authors: Erling Andersen

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List price: $117.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Financial Times/Prentice Hall
Publication date: 12/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.69" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Publisher's acknowledgements
The project concept and the organisational perspective
Projects and perspectives
The task perspective
Definition and main ideas
Theoretical base
Criticisms of task perspective
The organisational perspective
Definition and main ideas
Theoretical base
A universal project management theory or several contingency theories?
Types of project
Life cycle models
How this affects what follows
The project assignment
The rationale of the project - stability and change at the same time
Dividing responsibilities between the project and base organisation
What sort of changes is possible in a base organisation?
Pursuing different types of change at the same time - PSO
Projects and time
Cyclical, linear and alternating time
Temporal focus and temporal depth
Polychronicity and monochronicity
Scheduling of activities - entrainment of processes
Coping with stress
A project management theory based on the organisational perspective
Concepts, theories and methods
A project management theory
The foundation of the project
Strategies affecting projects
Change strategy: punctuated equilibrium
Change strategy: event pacing or time pacing
Positioning strategy
Implementation strategies
Project uncertainty
The concept of uncertainty
Attitudes to uncertainty
Uncertainty management strategies
Project stakeholders
A strategy for dealing with stakeholders
Constructing a coalition - the contribution/reward model
Establishing the project
Business case
Project mandate
Project mission, goals and success criteria
Missionand goals
Elaborating the mission - mission breakdown structure
Project success criteria
Moving targets
Project scope and delimitations
Freedom of action
Project responsibilities
Project completion date
Giving the project an identity
Project identity
Naming the project
Project owner
Project steering committee
Project manager
Project background
Value of project
Project benefits
Project costs
Value = Benefits - Costs Notes to Chapter 2
Planning the project
The planning process
Project planning as a collective effort
The dilemma of project planning
Project planning on three levels
The importance of project planning
Project startup
Concept of milestone
Controllability of milestones
The attractiveness of milestones
Milestone plan
Milestone plan philosophy
Focus areas - result paths in the milestone plan
Time scheduling - entrainment as the guiding light
The detailed planning
Uncertainty assessments of plans
The uncertainty assessment process
The great dilemma in uncertainty management
IT support Notes to Chap