Project Ethics – New Book by Jonasson and Ingason available from Gower Publishing


14 March 2013 – London, UK – Gower Publishing in UK has published a new book by Haukur Ingi Jonasson and Helgi Thor Ingason, Project Ethics.  The book is featured in Gower’s Advances in Project Management Series.  Jonasson and Ingason are co-heads of the masters in project management program at ReykjavikUniversity in Iceland.

project-ethicsHow relevant is ethics to project management? The book – which aims to demystify the field of ethics for project managers and managers in general – takes both a critical and a practical look at project management in terms of success criteria, and ethical opportunities and risks. The goal is to help the reader to use ethical theory to further identify opportunities and risks within their projects and thereby to advance more directly along the path of mature and sustainable managerial practice.

Project Ethics opens with an investigation of the critical success factors in project management. It then illustrates how situations can arise within projects where values can compete, and looks at how ethical theories on virtue, utility, duty and rights can be used as competence eye-openers to evaluate projects. The reader is challenged to think of their project management experiences where questions of competing values surfaced, and mirror them in short vignettes taken from real practice from all round the globe. Finally, a new method is introduced, based on classical ethical theory, which can help project owners, project managers, project teams and stakeholders, to identify, estimate and evaluate ethical opportunities and risks in projects.

Haukur Ingi Jonasson (Cand. theol., University of Iceland; STM, PhD, Union Theological seminar); clinical training in pastoral counselling, LennoxHillHospital; psychoanalytical training, Harlem Family Institute New York City; is an assistant professor at the Reykjavik University School of Science and Engineering. He is co-head of the MPM (Master in Project Management) programme at the university (with Prof. Ingason). He is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a management consultant at Nordica Consulting Group ehf; As a consultant, his clients have included the energy companies, banks, hospitals, the government and other public and private organisations. Dr. Jonasson is also a mountain climber and a member of the Reykjavik Mountaineering Air Ground Search and Rescue Squad.

Mr Helgi Thor Ingason holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and an MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland. He is an associate professor in industrial engineering at ReykjavikUniversity and lectures in project management, quality management, facilities planning and process metallurgy. He is the co-head of the Master in Project Management (MPM) program at the university and a main lecturer in the program. Helgi Thor is a co-founder and chairman of Alur, alvinnsla hf, a recycling company that works with the aluminium industry in Iceland. Helgi is also a musician and a member of the South River Band.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide.  Gower’s project management home page can be found at  www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

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Project Ethics, by Haukur Ingi Jonasson and Helgi Thor Ingason, published by GOWER; January 2013, 156 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-1-4094-1096-6; List price = £25.65; more at http://www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9781409410966 

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