Climate Change and the Evolution of the Project Management Profession
One of the most significant questions for the future of the project management profession will be our position in relation to huge, complex, and overwhelming environmental and societal problems that cannot be resolved by any organization, government and individual alone. Those problems are often referred to as Grand Challenges. The climate crisis is a prime example of a Grand Challenge with an increasing urgency that needs to be addressed if societies around the world are to survive and prosper. Up to now, project management as a profession has been key for ‘getting things done’, and as such is likely to be a key part of the solution for climate change and other such Grand Challenges.
The webinar will report and discuss the findings of PMI funded research to address the question of how project, program, and portfolio management (P3M) can be utilized and extended to deal with the climate crisis and other grand societal challenges. One of the key findings of this research is that, while the role of large-scale multinational initiatives will be important, the power of change lies in the hands of project professionals – the people who know projects inside out and have the power to use projects to catalyze change far beyond the boundaries of the project. Alongside several other key findings from this research, including the types of projects and project practices that are likely to achieve climate change objectives, in the webinar we will discuss the role and the evolution of the project management profession that will be necessary for governments and organizations to tackle climate change and other grand challenges.
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Acknowledgements: Laura Schofield