Project Management

Applying Global PM Principles During Pandemic Management

PMI Pearl City, Hyderabad Chapter

Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP is a physician and currently an independent healthcare IT and project management consultant. She has a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics and Neonatology from the University of Health Sciences, India. Deepa is an advocate of using project management in healthcare and related domains. She has worked extensively in the confluence of clinical medicine, IT and project management domains with hands-on experience in managing projects from conception to closure.

The world is in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 200 countries and territories involved. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020, and it remains a fast-evolving situation that poses a challenge to standardize operational decisions.

The pandemic impacts multiple levels with uncertain implications. The surge on the healthcare system has caused an overflow in intensive care units, a shortage of healthcare workers (doctors, nurses and paramedical staff) and a disruption of the supply chain—leading to a shortfall of essential drugs and medical equipment (including ventilators, respirators and virus testing kits) as the pressure mounts for effective vaccine development. As a result, global leaders have called for immediate and coordinated steps to tackle the emerging global health and economic situation. 

As Adam Alami notes in Global Project Management Challenges, Binder (2009) defines a global project as an undertaking by an enterprise that is structured with concrete and involving manifold teams or distinct enterprises unveiling a wide geographic dispersion.” The pandemic has become a global problem—and the project management framework has proved to be a valuable resource. With its unique execution methodologies, global project management is marked by a diversity of projects…

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