The following Guest paper is an update of the conclusion to a PhD Research project previously presented at the PMSA International Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004. It is republished here November 1, 2009, with permission, © Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo.
Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, PMP, CCE, MScPM, is Director of the ASEAN
Project Manager's Center of Excellence, Inc. (APMX) For over 12 years, he
has been providing project Management training and consulting throughout SE Asia.
He is active in the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International,
(AACE); Construction Specifications Institute (CSI); Construction Management Association
of America, (CMAA) and serves on the Global Project Management Forum Steering
Committee. Email: email@example.com.
An earlier paper at the PMSA International Conference in Johannesburg, South
Africa, 2004, presented interim findings on the issue of whether or not project
management is a "profession" as typically understood by the term. The results
of qualitative research up to that time had identified twenty-two primary attributes
associated with a profession. Seventeen of were the attributes were considered
to be Extrinsic, i.e. those attributes normally used to define any occupation
as being a profession, while three of them were considered to be Intrinsic, or
non-traditional ways to look at defining a profession. In this latest presentation,
the results of an extensive global survey have been collected and analyzed, leading
to interesting conclusions that hopefully will bring some measure of restraint,
reality and humility to the practice of project management.
Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to present selected final results from
the data collected indicating that:
- Project Management is NOT a Profession;
- To further "professionalize" project management, prioritization needs to be
on building trust and competency of practitioners;
- Project Managers are currently perceived to be of greater standing than Electricians,
Software and Telecommunications Engineers but lesser standing than MBA's or Civil