Roland Gareis, Martina Huemann, André Martinuzzi, Claudia Weninger and Michal Sedlacko
Project Management and Sustainable
“Sustainable development” has become a buzzword, but fundamental questions about it remain ever- present. Is sustainable development just a public-relations exercise for organizations trying to demonstrate a
commitment to something other than the bottom line? Or can
it bring real, lasting value? If it is of value, how can sustainable
development, which is fundamentally focused on the long term,
bring value to projects, which are by definition temporary?
In 2010, an interdisciplinary team of project management
and sustainability practitioners and researchers from the University of Vienna, supported by a research grant from PMI, set
out to answer these questions. Before their multi-year journey
was over, they would find themselves working around the world:
planning alongside executives to build a hospital in Austria, collaborating with researchers and practitioners at academic conferences in Europe and the United States, and debriefing project
teams at wind farms in Brazil and Romania.
Their conclusion: Sustainable development is a new manage-
ment paradigm, one whose principles can be operationalized and
used to improve how practitioners of all levels manage the com-
plexity and dynamics of organizations, projects and programs.
Illustrated with more than 100 figures and tables, Project
Management and Sustainable Development Principles provides
practitioners with all the tools they need to understand sustainable development and apply its principles to the initiation and management of projects.
This comprehensive volume begins by establishing a baseline understanding of sustainable development’s history, its value to society and its
relationship to global project management standards. It then offers an
inside view of sustainable development in action on a range of real-world
projects and offers guidance on how sustainable development principles
can improve the quality of overall process design, investment analysis, and
project definition, contexts and structures.
Project Management Institute, 2013, ISBN: 9781935589884, paperback, 187 pages, $23.95
Member, $29.95 Nonmember
Sustainable development is
a new management paradigm, one whose principles
can be operationalized
and used to improve how
practitioners of all levels
manage the complexity and
dynamics of organizations,
projects and programs.