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Professionalization of Project Management

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Will project management become a fully recognized profession? What changes can we expect to see as it moves toward this goal? Professionalization of Project Management offers a glimpse into the future of the project management profession, along with an objective look at some of the occupational concerns its practitioners have. The authors explore how the future of project management may be discerned in large measure by studying the evolution of other knowledge-based occupations such as nursing, teaching, medicine, law and engineering.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Table of Content
  6. Tables and Figures
  7. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Study Background
      1. Research Objectives
      2. Research Questions
      3. Research Approach
    2. Team Structure and Management Process
    3. Researchers and their Background
    4. Timing
    5. Deliverables
    6. Report Structure
  8. Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundation
    1. The Sociological Study of Professions
      1. Definitions: Occupation, Profession, Professional
      2. The Traits of a Profession
      3. The Process of Professionalization
    2. Power and the Professions
    3. Exploring the Professionalization Journey
      1. Theory and Methods
      2. Strategies of Professionalization by Occupation
    4. Issues in Relation to Professionalization
    5. In Summary
    6. Lessons Learned, Questions Raised and Implications for Project Management
  9. Chapter 3: Study Methodology
    1. Research Design Overview
      1. Web Site Survey Methodology
      2. Sampling and Data Analysis
      3. Notes About Web Site Citations
    2. Online Survey Methodology
      1. Sampling Frame
      2. Survey Structure
      3. Survey Logistics
    3. Conclusions
  10. Chapter 4: Findings from Nursing Web Site Survey
    1. Scope of Practice Issues
      1. Protection from Semi-Professional Invasion
      2. Role Expansion
    2. Registration/Licensing Issues
    3. Monopoly over Title
    4. Education and Accreditation Strategies in Nursing
      1. Raising Minimum Education Requirements
      2. Continued Education/Continued Competence
      3. Accreditation
    5. Tensions with Bureaucracy/Employer
    6. Issues Surrounding the Body of Knowledge
      1. The Theory Base and Research
      2. Standardized Nursing Language
    7. Professional Associations: Innovation in Structures
      1. The Switch to a College Model
      2. Disaffiliation from National Association
    8. Implications for Project Management from Nursing's Professionalization Journey
  11. Chapter 5: Findings From Social Work Web Site Survey
    1. Scope of Practice Issues
    2. Licensing and Certification Issues
      1. National Certification
    3. Licensure and Registration
    4. Monopoly over use of Title
    5. Education and Accreditation Strategies
      1. Minimum Education for Entry/Practice
      2. Continued Education/Continued Competence
      3. Accreditation Strategies
    6. Issues Surrounding the Body of Knowledge
    7. Implications for Project Management from Social Work's Professionalization Journey
  12. Chapter 6: Findings from Teaching Web Site Survey
    1. Scope of Practice Issues
      1. Scope of Practice and Paraprofessionals
      2. Role Expansion of Teachers
    2. Licensing and Certification Issues
      1. General Observations about Licensing/Certification
      2. Voluntary Certification: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
    3. Monopoly over use of Title
    4. Education and Accreditation Strategies
      1. Entry Level Strategies
      2. Continued Education/Professional Development
      3. Accreditation Strategies
    5. Issues Surrounding the Body of Knowledge
    6. Implications for Project Management from the Teacher's Professionalization Journey
  13. Chapter 7: Findings from Comparative Online Survey
    1. Association Information
    2. Association Age
    3. Current Level of Professionalization
    4. Threats to the Professionalization Effort
    5. Strategies for Professionalization
    6. Conclusions
  14. Chapter 8: Insights and Future Direction
    1. Evaluating Project Management as a Profession
      1. Project Management's Attainment of Characteristics of a Profession
      2. Becoming a Profession
      3. Role of Power in Professionalization of Project Management
    2. Comparing Project Management to Other Professions
      1. Learning from the Professionalization Journeys of Comparable Occupations
      2. Learning from the Challenges and Actions of Professionalization across Occupations
    3. Future Directions: Important Questions for Consideration
      1. Professionalization of What?
      2. Professionalization for Whom?
      3. Impact of Professionalization on Practice
      4. What would a Global Profession Look Like: How would One be Created?
      5. What are Prospects for the Creation of a Global Project Management Profession?
    4. Conclusions
    5. Crosstable 1: Question 14 Traits—Occupational Groups' Firmness of Grip
    6. Crosstable 2: Question 18 Threats—Occupational Groups' Degrees of Challenge
  15. References
    1. Project Management Web Sites and Discussion Lists
    2. Nursing Web Sites
    3. Social Work Web Sites
    4. Teaching Web Sites