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A Practitioner Based Evaluation of Project Management Knowledge and Education: The Australian Case

A Practitioner Based Evaluation of Project Management Knowledge and Education: The Australian Case
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Author(s): Ziauddin A. Durrani (University of South Australia, Australia) and Bassam Baroudi (University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 18
Source title: Project Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0196-1.ch065

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Abstract

Many scholars have criticized formal project management education as being based on various Bodies of Knowledge (BOKs), lacking real-world application and representing a narrow view of the profession. Through a survey questionnaire, this research inquiry has examined the alignment of project management professional needs with the aspirations of project management education within Australian universities. The research findings show positive links between project management education, increased employability, better workplace performance and successful professional careers. However, the research has also identified poor alignment of current project management education in Australian universities with project management practice and recommends possible revision of project management education programs to meet the knowledge requirements expressed by project management professionals. The findings of this research contribute to the debate in respect of bringing project management education closer to project management practice.

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