Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles

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Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles Project Management Institute, 2013, ISBN: 9781935589884, paperback, 187 pages, $23.95 Member, $29.95 Nonmember

Sustainable development" has become a buzzword, but fundamental questions about it remain everpresent.

Is sustainable development just a publicrelations 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 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. …