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Practitioner development: From trained technicians to reflective practitioners
International journal of project management: Special issue: Rethinking project management (2006)
  • Lynn Crawford
  • Peter W. G. Morris
  • Janice Thomas
  • Mark Winter
Abstract
The EPSRC funded Rethinking Project Management Network produced several insights into new directions for project management theory and practise, highlighting gaps between current theory and practise in several areas. This paper reviews the discussions around project management practitioner development that arose out of this rethinking process where project management is seen as growing from a predominantly technical skill-set to a broader practise of reflectively managing the things needed to provide a successful project outcome. In particular, the paper identifies and addresses the challenges of developing competent project managers in a world exhibiting increasingly complex project challenges, and when skilled resources at all levels are often increasingly scarce. We provide examples of practical and academic initiatives that are designed to address these challenges: internal assessment and development programs, reflective practice thesis, and distance-based critical management MBA. We conclude by speculating on some of the further challenges in developing reflective practitioners that have yet to be resolved. © Copyright Elsevier Ltd and IPMA, 2006
Keywords
  • project manager education,
  • reflective practise,
  • critical pedagogy,
  • project management careers
Disciplines
Publication Date
November 1, 2006
Citation Information
Lynn Crawford, Peter W. G. Morris, Janice Thomas and Mark Winter. "Practitioner development: From trained technicians to reflective practitioners" International journal of project management: Special issue: Rethinking project management Vol. 24 Iss. 8 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lynn_crawford/12/