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

Global Union

There is a need for an international organization for handling the business of the globalization of the project management profession.

The GPMF Country Reports advocate the need for an international project management organization. The "Country Reports" see a need for a body operating at the international level to calibrate and coordinate the professional standards of different and national project management societies. Perhaps a formalization of the GPMF is needed to provide opportunities "to meet, learn, expand and understand different needs" on a regular basis.

There are two existing models for an international project management organization. These are:

  • The European-based IPMA and
  • The PMI National Organization Unit (NOU)

The IPMA is an association of equal national organizations. It is not in the business of recruiting individual members. PMI exists primarily as a professional society for its members. The UK Association for Project Management and other IPMA national societies do the same.

PMI comprises both regional chapters and national societies. IPMA is not like PMI. IPMA comprises national project management societies. Its mission is to promote project management through collaboration and coordination of the national association's activities. The PMI National Organization Unit is a collection of "off shore" PMI Chapters grouped into a national entity but remaining subject to the policies of PMI and "the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America" (a direct quote from the PMI Constitution). 

The window of opportunity for global union is open but national societies should strive to be the voice of project management at the level at which national societies really belong, the national level. We must keep the distinction between an international project management coordinating body and national awarding bodies.

Where national organizations do not exist then every effort should be made to support and ensure the development of a national and sovereign project management organization. This is the best route to a long term development of the project management discipline. We must avoid the development of national organizations subject to foreign country laws and policy.

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