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Evolutionary Learning in Strategy-Project Systems

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    EVOLUTIONARY LEARNING in STRATEGY-PROJECT SYSTEMS
Authors:  Paul Gardiner, Adil Eltigani, Terence Williams, Richard Kirkham, Lixiong Ou,  Antonio Calabrese, Jonas Soderlund.
Publisher:  Project Management Institute
List Price:   $34.95 USA
Format:  Paperback, 274 pages.
Publication Date:   2018    
ISBN: 978-1-62825-484-6
Reviewer: Jorge Galvan, PMP
Review Date: July, 2018

 



Introduction

This book is an international research project sponsored by the PMI. The research was first envisioned during an event organized by an oil and gas company in United Arab Emirates where one of the authors of the book was invited as a speaker to help the company to learn how to do projects better.

The research takes on the challenge to explore and understand how learning takes place in project-based organizations. Such organizations are chosen to be of different size and project-based maturity as well as located in different countries with different cultures.

The authors try to find out how learning and knowledge is acquired and used during projects and how they can lead to “Evolutionary Learning” in those enterprises, authors call for an integration of traditional project management with other disciplines of an organization especially strategic management. With this in mind the authors focus this research on the learning evolution within what they call strategy-project systems (project management and strategic management) in an organization and how this evolutionary Learning together with existing organizational capabilities contributes to a sustained growth of the organization by adding value by creating new capabilities.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The structure of the book is very formal as of any research document. It starts with a forward, where a former Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA gives some insights about how knowledge and learning takes place in NASA and calls for a more direct link between theory and practice. NASA’s most successful knowledge-sharing strategy is by the use of forums where people share stories and conversations so in order to be able to accomplish this the CKO states that there must be a suitable landscape where the learning, knowledge and the sharing of them can flow smoothly, such landscape must have full leadership support as well as a flexible governance framework

Chapter 1 is the introduction where the authors tell us about how the research started and what motivated it. Here they search for ways to understand the mechanisms by which evolutionary learning takes place in strategy-project systems and how it contributes towards a sustainable competitive advantage of an organization.

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About the Reviewer


Jorge Galvan, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Jorge Galvan has extensive experience in the telecom industry working as a software, hardware and infrastructure Engineer for both Core and Radio systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering with a minor in Control. He has over 10 years of experience working with projects in different parts of the world and performing different roles such as project team member or technical engineer, as well as project coordinator and SME.

Extensive experience includes different phases of software development projects from feasibility to testing and deployment. Jorge is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter and obtained his PMP certification from PMI in July 2016. He can be contacted at [email protected].

 

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