Ethics and Project Management
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Ethics plays a critical role in project management, but all too often, its importance is overlooked. This benign neglect can result in serious consequences to individuals and organizations, ranging from tarnished reputations to civil and criminal liability. Ethics and Project Management demonstrates the importance of making ethics a key consideration in managing projects and describes the impacts that occur when ethical transgressions arise.
Providing the tools necessary for project managers to avoid an ethical lapse that can put themselves and their organization at risk, this volume:
- Defines ethics and places it within the project management context
- Discusses the contents of the Project Management Institute’s code of ethics
- Enables project managers to recognize the trends that precipitate ethical dilemmas on a project
- Demonstrates how ethical concerns permeate the entire project life cycle
- Provides tips on establishing a governance protocol to ensure ethical compliance
- Explores legal issues that arise from unethical behavior
- Examines how ethical concerns on a project can have global implications, and how to operate in international settings with cultural differences
Each chapter ends with a Getting Started Checklist, facilitating immediate application of the concepts discussed and making it easy for project managers to determine whether they are in compliance with ethical standards. Providing a solid roadmap for the ethical health of a project, this volume is essential reading for all those concerned with avoiding the disastrous consequences of a cavalier approach to ethics.
Praise for the book:
... a great desktop reference for any project manager. It is a must-have title to complete any project management library and I recommend it to both new and highly experienced project managers.
―Gregg D. Richie, PMP, MCTS, CNP, Managing Principal, P8, LLC
shortcomings in this regard). Project managers should be active participants in their profession. Failure to get involved hurts themselves and the profession because they have experiences and knowledge. They can do so by publishing articles and books; teaching at local universities and colleges, and serving as officers in local chapters of project management societies. 3.3.3 Competency Closely related to career is competency—that is, having the knowledge and experience to work in the field of
character; others will feed off their thoughts and behavior, which can make a difference between doing what is right and what is wrong. The thoughts and actions of others can reveal much about them, too. It is important, therefore, that project managers’ thoughts and actions demonstrate taking the high road throughout the life of a project. Here are some important things to keep in mind regarding conduct: • Standard: Be fair in all dealings. Project managers and every stakeholder should be
business practices that may not be acceptable to the home office. It can lead to 80 • Ethics and Project Management ignoring customs of other cultures, such as holy days for certain religions, thereby aggravating relationships. Project managers can end up in difficult ethical circumstances in a transglobal environment. To meet cost and schedule targets, they may engage in business practices that may violate their country’s laws and regulations. They may disrespect other people’s cultural
customer than if they address the problem now. They may allow a quick fix to avoid shattering the perception that the project is progressing according to expectations. They may think that a customer may not know the difference and, therefore, that it is okay to pass the issue or problems to postproject support, such as sustaining and maintenance. They may even misreport the cause of problem by downplaying its effects, knowing all too well that the consequences may be costly sometime in the
try to satisfy them with the means under their control. To do otherwise is not taking responsibility for the overall performance of the team. Obviously, failure to address those needs will impact both the efficiency and effectiveness of both the individual and the overall team. This ethical dilemma can be addressed by maintaining an ongoing dialogue with each team member, keeping team members posted regarding the status of their requests, finding alternative ways to develop at least an interim