IIL Senior Executive Director, Dr. Harold Kerzner, Explains the History and Predicts the Future of Project Management
Historically, Project Management was an activity that supported engineering related projects in aerospace, defense, and heavy construction. Naturally, most project manager practitioners had advanced degrees in a technical discipline. What has happened is that the role of the PM has changed. Today, Project Management is used to manage the business—think of your entire business as a project. In fact, everything you do can be characterized as a project; therefore, as a PM today you are not only making project based decisions, but also business decisions, whereas in the past, business decisions went to senior management.
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