David H. Curling,
B.Eng (Mech), P.Eng, p.t.s.c., Certificated Project Manager,
Fellow APM, Fellow PMI, CD

Editor's Footnote-
Unfortunately, the "PMI Canada" that David speaks of in his presentation is now defunct.
Published here October 2002.

Editor's Preface | The Context | On Globalization | Project Management Standards
The Project Management Profession | The True Profession
Project Management Certification | Project Management Organizations Initiatives
National Initiatives | Global Union | Dispatch From the Future

The Context

We are in a "rapidly changing face" of world interaction which has had a profound affect on advancement of the practice of project management. The knowledge age has resulted in dramatic globalization of the project management discipline. As I see it, there are two parts to the issue of global project management:

  • Globalization of the profession
  • Management of global projects

The management of global projects I will leave to the professional conferences which deal with the trans-cultural and trans-border management of projects. This review of the "globalization of the project management profession" is my personal view.

The project management discipline is an international fact. In the current global project management community there are organizational initiatives whose aim is to embed project management practices in national and regional economies. The 1997 Chicago Global Project Management Forum (GPMF) had 200 "delegates" and 60 countries were "represented".

The US based Project Management Institute ("PMI") Project Management Professional ("PMP") Certification Program is a success story with many examination venues and hundreds of candidates. The PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ("PMBOK") is free, on Internet download, with hard copies of the PMBOK in world demand.[1]

Current international project management imperatives will have a significant impact on world economic and social development. An understanding of the initiatives driving the globalization of the project management profession is important to career development, company bottom line and national economic programs.

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1. Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge http://www.pmi.org/
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