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Standardization of Project Management (2014)

Project Management Standardization Dissertation – Poor project performance has led to industry calling for Standardized Project Management tools, yet it is the organizations themselves who have chosen to overlook or ignore the tools while implementing organization strategy that exists for their assistance. This paper investigates the implications change management practices have on individuals as a result of strategy change, whilst challenging the poor Project Management knowledge and understanding of individuals within project based organizations.

It also identifies the currently poor application of Project Management theory including the alarming levels of academic qualifications many practicing Project Managers currently hold. The purpose of the dissertation was to explore this call for standardization by conducting a review of the knowledge, understanding and opinions of individuals regarding: change management implications of organization strategy implementation; and organizations? application of Project Management theory.

However, while conducting the review, offering discussion points or arguments, it is important to recognize when talking about Project Management Standardization, it is not an exact science and there are several fundamental floors such as the theory is relatively abstract and many parameters are difficult to be measured as they are usually based upon the opinion of industry personnel with predetermined beliefs.

The aim of the dissertation was to identify and understand evolving management theory and how it aligns with organization strategy as it was believed that with such a large amount of capital being spent on projects, organizations did not place a high enough level of priority on Project Management processes or academic qualifications.

Whether this is a result of ignorance, or just a pure lack of understanding of the implications on the behalf of executive level management, was the basis for discussion throughout the dissertation. Finally projects are aimed solely at either increasing profit in line with organizational mission requirements or increasing efficiency through productivity. So the dissertation is written with the intention of raising awareness to improve project performance and not just to highlight organizational short comings.

The dissertation aim is to investigate how evolving Project Management theory, organizational strategy and change management implementation and Project Management academic levels influence individual’s perceptions and actions within project based organizations. The dissertation objectives:

  • To identify and introduce evolving management theory
  • To analyze the role that Project Management has within organizations strategic management processes
  • To investigate the level of understanding individuals within organizations have of Project Management processes
  • To investigate the academic levels of individuals within project based positions
  • Conduct a questionnaire based on the aims, objectives, and literature review formulating a strategic set of questions to challenge senior managers with an interview in relation to the concerning trends
  • 15,000 words – 44 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good analysis of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for project management students

1 – Dissertation Introduction
Rationale
Aim
Objectives
Research methodologies
Dissertation structure

2 – Literature Review
Evolving management theory
Organizational strategy and its effect on individuals
Managing change within organizations
Call for standardization

3 – Research Design and Methodology
Justification
The questionnaire
Rationale
Aim / objective
Methodology / structure
The interviews
Rationale
Aim / objective
Methodology / structure
Interviewees

4 – Data Collection and Analysis
Questionnaire
Distribution
Disqualifications / clarifications
Results and analysis
Interview
Organizational strategy
Change implementation
Project managers
Project management academics
PM as an organizational based risk

5 – Conclusion and Recommendation
Conclusion and recommendation
Limitation of study
Final word

References

Appendix Section
Questionnaire

Project Management Standardization Dissertation
Project Management Standardization Dissertation

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