Project Management

Ethics, Culture and Project Management in 21st-Century Organizations

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Jose A. LugoSantiago, ASQ CMQ/OE, LSSMBB, PMP, is an accomplished senior executive leader, veteran, published author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker with more than 20 years of experience living abroad; managing organizations; and leading, training, counseling and developing thousands of personnel. He is experienced in the creation and deployment of organizational strategy, quality systems and process improvement, and the implementation of corrective actions derived from conducting domestic and global operations. He also holds a professional certification from the American Society for Quality (CMQ/OE) and the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute.

The Project Management Institute defined the framework for commonly shared values that members of the profession must emulate. These universally accepted values are responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty. They form the ethical core that is the basis for effective project management and eventual success in organizations. That is true today, but more so in 21st-century organizations. This paper discusses the two major effects of unethical behavior (corrupts organizations and demoralizes the workforce) and its negative impact in project and program management, asserting that unethical behavior ultimately frustrates the capability of enterprises and people.

Additionally, the topic of generational diversity is an important consideration for project managers because it affects project team integration. This is also discussed positing that a common, shared ethic can close the generational gap and aid in team integration. Finally, given the case for shared ethics, organizations can build a shared culture, but the catalyst for that shared culture must be embedded in the leadership’s participation in behavior that reflects the four universally accepted shared values in the project management profession.

Ethics, Culture, and Project Management in 21st-Century Organizations
A few months ago, I was ushered into an interesting discussion. Leaders sat around a …

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