Teaching Project Management: A New Perspective

By Judy Hemming.

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If assumptions can be made in an attempt to further understand and teach Project Management, then the basic assumption must be that project management is a form of action. With this in mind, we should state that the purpose of all action in the political, economic, and social sphere–namely, that actions are undertaken to make things better or stop them from getting worse. Secondly, it follows that actions are not neutral; indeed, actions are always in someone’s favour. Thirdly, and this could be considered an intermediary conclusion, it is imperative that project management includes a non-technical dimension so as to carry out its functions, and achieve its objectives in a way that relates to the operational world in which the project is embedded.
This suggests project management in its entirety is best conceived as not only multidimensional but constituted by the political, social, economic and ethical. At the same time, it is conceded that there might be occasions in which these dimensions are not in conflict with each other, or assume great significance in the management of the projects. This however, does not diminish the urgent need to understand that, for project management, these dimensions are unavoidable. The objective, then, is to conceptualise the totality of significant influences and considerations upon any given project so as to allow for a comprehensive, sophisticated and nuanced concept of project management as purposeful action. The focus will be teaching project management in a university that teaches military cadets.

Keywords: Project Management, Neoliberal, Values, Military Ethos

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.375-384. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 761.428KB).

Dr. Judy Hemming

Visitng Fellow, School of Business, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Judy Hemming is a graduate of three different Australian universities, The University of New England, from which she gained her Bachelor of Social Sciences, and the University of New South Wales (Kensington) with a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Sociology), and the Australian National University, from which she graduated Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations. Her teaching, research, and writing encompasses work on non-traditional security studies, sex tourism, sex trafficking, stereotyping, education, the neoliberal university, and American exceptionalism and foreign policy, Australia’s Foreign Policy and strategy, the sociology of health, leadership, organisational behaviour and project management. She has presented papers on her research in these areas and given lectures at the University of Canberra, Charles Sturt University, the Australian National University, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, and the United States of America. Her published work includes, on-line peer reviewed articles, a book chapter, “Exceeding Scholarly Responsibility: IRBs and Political Constraints” (Routledge), and “Rural Worker to Sex Worker: Why Os this Path So Readily Trodden?’. Her latest publication is a book, “The Triumph of Neoconservatism and the Religious Right” which was published in 2010.


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