Ethics and Governance in Project Management


Book Title: Ethics and Governance in Project Management: Small Sins Allowed and the Line of Impunity
Author: Eduardo Victor Lopez/Alicia Medina
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price: $58.32
Format: Hard Cover 157 Pages
Publication Date: 2016     
ISBN: 13: 978-1-4987-4383-9
Reviewer: Lloyd Pollock, PMP
Review Date: April 2017



Ethics and Governance in Project Management is about how bad ethical behavior by a Project Manager can impact project success. The author talks about, for example, how small sins that are allowed such as arriving to work 30 minutes late daily by the project manager will have an impact on the project team and eventually the project itself.

Then they go on to discuss Line of Impunity which will help managers to identify ethical fault lines when an employee(s), manager(s), department(s) are in violation of ethical standards. These ethical fault lines will be able to assist managers in finding the source of the unethical behavior and gaining control and guiding employees back under control of corporate ethical standards that are expected.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has eight chapters. Chapter 1: Antecedents, this chapter introduces the many different sources of ethics and how we are influenced to either do what is right or wrong.

Chapter 2: Ethics, Chapter 3: Context, Chapter 4 Governance, these three chapters explain how our ethical beliefs in doing good or slightly bad are being influenced by various sources like social media or corporate culture. With chapter 4 Governance why ethical standards and principles are created to keep unethical behavior in check and the benefits.

Chapter 5 Small Sins Allowed and the Line of Impunity, Chapter 6 Ethical Issues and Ethical Dilemmas, Chapter 7: The Ethics Code. These three chapters provide definitions with examples of unethical behavior that some individuals may consider allowable in their corporate culture. Chapter 6, I found this would be an interesting subject as case studies were provided with questions by project team members.

Chapter 8: Final Words, provides a review of the book and how it is important in identifying and managing unethical behavior.


Over all the book provides how a person’s ethics are influenced by their environment, such as influences from parents, friends, social media and culture. Why it is important for corporate Ethics policies to be developed and enforced by project managers. Along with case studies with follow up questions to assist with discussions on what is right or wrong with project team members.


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About the Reviewer

Lloyd Pollock, PMP

Texas, USA


Lloyd Pollock
has extensive experience in the telecom industry working as a Network Design and Systems Engineer for the build out of the Sprint PCS Network to managing U.S. Department of State projects in Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia. He has two Master’s degrees in Telecommunications Management and Computer/Information Systems Management from Webster University. He has over 20 years of experience covering all areas of a project from project team member to managing projects in hostile work environments.

Lloyd has extensive experience managing many domestic and global telecommunication systems deployments, IT and Land/Mobile Radio department management and Logistics. He has the project management experience to effectively manage highly complex technical projects any place in the world.

Lloyd can be contacted at [email protected]


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