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Why is "ethics" not a knowledge area of the PMBOK Guide?
Ethics is the Achilles' heel in current projects.
Talking about ethics is still a matter just to look beautiful, there is no practicality for its application. In my view, PMBOK presents the subject of ethics in a very superficial way.

Sometimes, the success of a project depends only on ethics and common sense, no needing all other areas of PMBOK.
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Dear Edson,

Its like teaching someone the difference between good and bad. It maybe naive of PMI to assume that every project manager with PMI credentials has their own strict code of honest, following the rules and treating everyone equally and fairly. Maybe the question is how does we approach the subject of ethics and their implementation in a professional global institute? Also do we have a set of voluntary guidelines that everybody signs up to and agrees to abide by the standard? Who would police that everybody is abiding by the guidelines and what would be the penalty for breaching the guidelines.? Would it be implemented at Chapter level or at an International level? We have seen in the recent past how implementing guidelines and regulation have dramatically failed everybody direct and indirectly involved. PMI probably see itself at the educator not disciplinarian.

Daire
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1 reply by Edson Jeremias
Feb 11, 2020 9:31 AM
Edson Jeremias
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Thank you Daire.
you are talking about two different things. So that's why
Edson -

PMI's Code of Ethics acts as a source of quality requirements for a project in the same way as the standards & regulations of a country, industry and company would. These aren't knowledge areas, but need to be incorporated into the planning, execution and monitoring/controlling of a project.

Kiron
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1 reply by Edson Jeremias
Feb 11, 2020 9:30 AM
Edson Jeremias
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Thank you Mr. Kiron.
Edson,

I understand your question since knowing about ethics is a must for project managers. But it goes beyond that, a PM associated with PMI has to adhere to the Code of Ethics (sign it) and is subject to be sanctioned if they violate mandatory behavior.

When PMI was founded, they thought about what a profession would need and came up with 4 distinct characteristics:
- a body of knowledge
- an institute (PMI)
- a certification
- a code of ethics
Lookup profession on wikipedia, it says similar things.

Most if not all professions have their code of ethics outside their knowledge description.

Even beyond the above, PMs strive to be leaders and build teams. I would argue that requires a mindset that acknowledges ethical values, even beyond the code. Good leaders are often described with characteristics that are indeed global ethical values: honesty, respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, community, autonomy, humility, integrity
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1 reply by Edson Jeremias
Feb 11, 2020 9:31 AM
Edson Jeremias
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Thank you Mr Thomas,
Feb 11, 2020 8:09 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Edson -

PMI's Code of Ethics acts as a source of quality requirements for a project in the same way as the standards & regulations of a country, industry and company would. These aren't knowledge areas, but need to be incorporated into the planning, execution and monitoring/controlling of a project.

Kiron
Thank you Mr. Kiron.
Feb 11, 2020 8:56 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Edson,

I understand your question since knowing about ethics is a must for project managers. But it goes beyond that, a PM associated with PMI has to adhere to the Code of Ethics (sign it) and is subject to be sanctioned if they violate mandatory behavior.

When PMI was founded, they thought about what a profession would need and came up with 4 distinct characteristics:
- a body of knowledge
- an institute (PMI)
- a certification
- a code of ethics
Lookup profession on wikipedia, it says similar things.

Most if not all professions have their code of ethics outside their knowledge description.

Even beyond the above, PMs strive to be leaders and build teams. I would argue that requires a mindset that acknowledges ethical values, even beyond the code. Good leaders are often described with characteristics that are indeed global ethical values: honesty, respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, community, autonomy, humility, integrity
Thank you Mr Thomas,
Feb 11, 2020 5:44 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Edson,

Its like teaching someone the difference between good and bad. It maybe naive of PMI to assume that every project manager with PMI credentials has their own strict code of honest, following the rules and treating everyone equally and fairly. Maybe the question is how does we approach the subject of ethics and their implementation in a professional global institute? Also do we have a set of voluntary guidelines that everybody signs up to and agrees to abide by the standard? Who would police that everybody is abiding by the guidelines and what would be the penalty for breaching the guidelines.? Would it be implemented at Chapter level or at an International level? We have seen in the recent past how implementing guidelines and regulation have dramatically failed everybody direct and indirectly involved. PMI probably see itself at the educator not disciplinarian.

Daire
Thank you Daire.

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