Project management knowledge areas and their relevance to today's project managers

Tang, Chun Meng, Panchal, Jenny H., and Bradshaw, Adrian (2018) Project management knowledge areas and their relevance to today's project managers. Advanced Science Letters. (In Press)

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Abstract

Many project management professionals would have read the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). As a huge knowledge repository for project management processes, techniques, good practices, etc., it is a standard guide that project managers regularly refer to for pointers on meeting project performance objectives. Now in its 5th edition, the PMBOK Guide has been revised at regular intervals of about 4 years since its 1st edition in 1996 so as to keep it up to date with the latest developments in project management. The current PMBOK Guide prescribes that there are ten knowledge areas for project management. As the PMBOK Guide is currently being revised for its 6th edition, which is scheduled to be released in Q3 2017, it is timely to ask the question: Are the ten knowledge areas still relevant to today’s project managers? This study attempted to provide some insight into this question by analyzing 222 Singapore online job advertisements that were specifically looking for a project manager. The results showed that the ten knowledge areas would still quite closely reflect the job responsibilities of today's project managers.

Item ID: 45915
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1936-7317
Keywords: job advertisement, knowledge area, project management, project manager, PMBOK
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 23:42
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management @ 20%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 60%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services @ 40%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9002 Property, Business Support Services and Trade > 900202 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services @ 60%
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