Project Manager’s Responsibility as a Way for Sustainable Management in Construction Industry

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PROJECT MANAGER’S RESPONSIBILITY AS A WAY FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY A mini thesis presented
by

SALIHU AHMAD JARMAJO

October 2012

TABLE OF CONTENT
Pg
Abstract 3 Chapter One
1.0Introduction 4
1.1Research Overview 4
1.1.1Why Sustainability in Projects and Project Management 5 1.2Background of Study
1.2.1Who is a project manager?
1.2.2Responsibilities 6
1.2.3Essential Tasks 6
1.3Problem Statement 10
1.4Research Questions 10
1.5Research Objectives 10
Chapter Two
2.0Literature Review 11
Chapter Three
3.0General Analysis19
3.1Sustainable Project Manager19
3.2Challenges faced by organisations19
3.3Delivering Quantifiable Value20
4.0Conclusion
5.0Reference

LIST OF FIGURES
Figure No. Title Pg
1.0 The Three Pillars of Sustainability 9
2.0The development of Project Management according to Dombkins 12 3.0 Interrelating life-cycles 16
4.0The stages of Sustainability 18

LIST OF TABLE
Table No.TitlePg
1.0 The contrast between the concepts of Sustainable
Development and Projects15

ABSTRACT

Project management is a major key aspect towards sustainability in projects delivery. Nowadays, organisations/business entities are adopting sustainable management concepts to go green, and project manager’s responsibilities are one of the major key factors. This mini thesis is about the responsibilities of a project manager as a way to sustainability. Researchers and international organisations of management made a conclusion that the further development of project management professions requires project managers to take responsibility for sustainability in the sense that project managers have to start doing the right things right for sustainable management. Sustainability concept depends on three dimensions called pillars of sustainability which are Social, Environment and Economic. In conclusion the determination of sustainable PM is based on taking the responsibility to a maximum level for better understanding of the project toward sustainability as a whole.

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1Research Overview

Construction projects play a greater role in development of every nation, in the sense that it comprises all the high and low rise buildings, the bridges, the roads and many more construction projects. These construction projects are mainly been controlled, monitored and planned by project managers in order to have everything according to plans and schedules for a faster and efficient completion. Nowadays, organisations/business entities are adopting sustainable management concepts to go green and project manager’s responsibilities are one of the major key factors. The word sustainability has been used in many ways/interpretations but in this context it basically means the act of operating in a specific way that may be sustained indefinitely, meaning, the action of the operation should never tarnish or destroy the necessary resource. Sustainability is without doubt one of the most important challenges of our time. How can we develop prosperity, without compromising the life of future generations? Companies are integrating concepts of sustainability in their marketing, corporate communications, annual reports and in their actions. It is for that reason that sustainability is rapidly gaining importance as a criterion in the selection and execution of projects. At the 22nd World Congress of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in 2008, IPMA Vice-President Mary McKinlay stated in the opening keynote speech that the further development of the project management profession requires project managers to take responsibility for sustainability. Her plea...
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