Should project management aspire to be an archetypal profession: evidence from Australian-based research

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Journal Article
International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 2015, 7 (4), pp. 352 - 368
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Many occupations aspire to recognition as a profession. The question of whether or not project management is a profession has arisen multiple times within the literature, but answers vary. It is possible to identify common traits that typify occupations that are consistently agreed to have professional status. Project management is reviewed against these professional traits. This study also reports on the findings of two surveys, which provide insight into project managers’ perceptions of their own field. Survey responses are compared to their perceptions of change management, an arguably comparable field. Then, project managers’ views are compared to the general public’s perception of project management. It is found that a number of the archetypal traits of professions may not be relevant or desirable for project management. However, some approaches for developing the image of the field of project management to professional status are identified and discussed.
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