Ethics in Project Management

PMI Brasil, Distrito Federal Chapter

Giovanni Giazzon, PMP, is a Project & Portfolio Management Consultant in Brazil.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an extension course in project management in New Zealand, offered by the Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand is currently fourth in the 2015 Corruption Perception Index, a ranking produced every year by Transparency International, a non-profit organization based in Berlin that “measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide.”

That was just another great attribute of this beautiful country. I saw myself confronted by the fact that I was a project manager whose environment had a different ranking status in the same report: I am Brazilian, and Brazil is currently in the 76th position out of 167 countries.

As each student had to make a presentation during the course’s last class, this motivated me in choosing a specific subject for the study: ethics in project management. Why would this subject be of any interest to a group of experienced professionals living in a country where corruption and ethics are not project-related issues? I asked myself the very same question, then went forward with it…and it was worth it.

Ethics, by definition, is “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.” When discussing cultural and social behaviors, laws and the intersection with a professional career in a regulated market, …

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