Information Literacy in Project Management

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How Information Literacy Influences Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership in Project Management (PM) Na’Kisha Sherrard, MS
University of Phoenix

How Information Literacy Influences Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership in Project Management (PM) According to the Project Management Institute (2012), “Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets.” Information literacy is receiving acknowledgement in the Project Management field. Information Literacy is “defined as a skill of searching, evaluating, using and distributing all kinds of information, which is developed during whole life” (Turusheva, 2009, p. 127). Individuals who have studied how to learn are information literate. Information literacy involves “critical thinking, an awareness of personal and professional ethics, information evaluation, conceptualizing information needs, organizing information, interacting with information professionals and making effective use of information in problem-solving, decision-making and research” (Bruce, 2009, p. 46). These individuals are prepared for lifelong learning, because they continuously obtain the data required for every duty or outcome approaching. “Information literary is not remedial; it is foundational” (Badke, 2009, p. 49). Project Management is always developing and transforming that requires individuals to be lifelong learners, contributors, and provide helpful encouragement. Projects are implemented as methods to accomplish a company’s objectives. A project manager’s responsibilities and duties to his or her staff and shareholders affect the project results and execution. As a project manager being a lifelong learner is necessary. Effective project managers are continuously learning....
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