Title:  Project Management Knowledge as a Basis for Global Communication. Learning and Professionalism


Introduction | Background | Why Care? | Progress | Differentiation | Update
Descriptor Criteria | Where do APMAs fit? | Missing Opportunities
Development | Validation | Further Opportunities | Conclusions

Concept Map Update

Returning to our concept mapping exercise, the original 1997 concept map of project management knowledge has been updated and is now split into two levels, see Exhibits 1 and 2.

Exhibit 1: Concept Map of Project Management
Exhibit 1: Concept Map Level 1

At Level 1, the driver is the global competitive environment that we all now face, whether in government, the private sector or in humble community volunteer work projects. The enterprise environment recognizes the need for different types of project, i.e. different APMAs, which generally determine the appropriate style of management. At the same time, uncertainty provides opportunity, as well as risks, spawning a variety of programs and projects.

Programs determine policy direction, project priorities, resource allocation, and matrix management. This is clearly distinguishable from project management which focuses on effectiveness and efficiency in real time, the project life cycle.

At Level 2, the focus is on the management of a single project as shown in Exhibit 2.

From the two exhibits, it will be noted that the attributes (as indicated by '+') can be transformed into the PMDs of the next lower level. This is typical of concept mapping as you drill down into greater detail.

Exhibit 2: Concept Map of Project Management
Exhibit 2: Concept Map Level 2
APMA Differentiation  APMA Differentiation

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