Age-Friendly Project Management: The Action Plan

Jiwat is a seasoned professional with proven skills and varied academic- and industry-based background in project management. Jiwat brings in contemporary skills and knowledge of current trends in PM.

Project management is used widely in varied ways across multiple types of industries, by people belonging to different profiles, educational backgrounds, cultural differences, experiences, age groups and gender orientations. While this sounds like a good thing, it also raises the question: Is project management as friendly as it should be to be usable by such a wide variety of people?

The share of the global ageing population is expected to grow by 60% (compared to 2015 population estimates), reaching an estimated one billion older people globally by 2030. There is a growing trend that people continue being job active and remain in the job market longer than they used to be (He, Goodkind and Kowal, 2016). The sustainability of ageing societies and communities (e.g., China, Japan, United States, Europe and other countries) is a topic of ongoing research interest. It means people wanting to remain in project management-related jobs should be able to use the processes, tools and systems even if they are not fully up to date in mainstream skills and knowledge—and are less aware of the contemporary knowledge base. This strongly suggests that we need a form of age-friendly project management.

In the current discussion, we define “age-friendly project management” as a body of knowledge that includes processes, tools/techniques and associated systems that are …

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