Reconstructing Project Management – Seminal new book by Peter Morris to cap his career published by Wiley-Blackwell


 24 July 2013 – Wiley-Blackwell has published one of the most important new books on the subject of modern project management, Reconstructing Project Management by Prof Peter W. G. Morris in the UK.   This hugely informative and wide-ranging analysis on the management of projects, past, present and future is written both for practitioners and scholars. Reconstructing Project Management is a seminal work that caps the career of one of the most influential thought leaders in the project management professional world.

reconstructing-project-managementBeginning with a history of the discipline’s development, Reconstructing Project Management provides an extensive commentary on its practices and theoretical underpinnings, and concludes with proposals to improve its relevancy and value. Written not without a hint of attitude, this is by no means simply another project management textbook.

The thesis of the book is that ‘it all depends on how you define the subject’; that much of our present thinking about project management as traditionally defined is sometimes boring, conceptually weak, and of limited application, whereas in reality it can be exciting, challenging and enormously important. The book draws on leading scholarship and case studies to explore this thesis.

The book is divided into three major parts. Following an Introduction setting the scene, Part 1 covers the origins of modern project management – how the discipline has come to be what it is typically said to be; how it has been constructed – and the limitations of this traditional model. Part 2 presents an enlarged view of the discipline and then deconstructs this into its principal elements. Part 3 then reconstructs these elements to address the challenges facing society, and the implications for the discipline, in the years ahead.  A final section reprises the sweep of the discipline’s development and summarises the principal insights from the book.

This thoughtful commentary on project (and program, and portfolio) management as it has developed and has been practiced over the last 60-plus years, and as it may be over the next 20 to 40, draws on examples from many industry sectors around the world. It is a seminal work, required reading for everyone interested in projects and their management.

Peter Morris is Professor of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL).  He is the author of The Management of Projects (Thomas Telford, 1994) and, with George Hough, of The Anatomy of Major Projects (John Wiley & Sons, 1987) and with Ashley Jamieson of Translating Corporate Strategy into Project Strategy (PMI, 2004). He is co-editor with Jeffrey Pinto of The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects (Wiley, 2005); and, with Jeffrey Pinto and Jonas Söderlund of The Oxford Handbook of Project Management (OUP, 2010).

Peter is a past Chairman of the Association for Project Management (APM) and Deputy Chairman of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He received the Project Management Institute’s 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA’s 2009 Research Award, and APM’s 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Life Time Achievement Award.  He is a Global Advisor for the PM World Journal.

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Reconstructing Project Management, by Peter W. G. Morris, published by Wiley-Blackwell; ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-470-65907-6; Hardcover, 344 pages; May 2013; List price = US$89.95 http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470659076.html