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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 3rd Edition by Jeannette CABANIS-BREWIN, Paul C. DINSMORE

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CHAPTER 19Professionalization of Project Management: What Does It Mean for Practice?

JANICE THOMAS, PHD, CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT, ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY

BILL ZWERMAN, SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

As we move into the 21st century, work has become more knowledge oriented, and information workers in various occupations have recognized the similarity of their work to the traditional “professions” of the 20th century. Many of these occupations, led by teaching, nursing, and social work and including financial planners, surveyors, and many others, have embarked on professionalization initiatives seeking the recognition and privileges traditionally associated with medicine, law, accounting, engineering, and a very few other occupations. ...

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