Program management: the next step in the evolution of project management?

Waddell, Dianne 2005, Program management: the next step in the evolution of project management?, Problems & perspectives in management, vol. 3, pp. 160-169.

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Title Program management: the next step in the evolution of project management?
Author(s) Waddell, Dianne
Journal name Problems & perspectives in management
Volume number 3
Start page 160
End page 169
Publisher Sumy State University and Business Perspectives
Place of publication Sumy, Ukraine
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1727-7051
Keyword(s) program
Summary The term ‘program management’, while referred to occasionally in journals, organisation publications and by training consultants, is not a widely acknowledged notion. While literature on project management is plentiful and the concept is well entrenched in both a practical and academic
sense, program management is a term that is used differently by various sectors. Its meaning is less defined and more broadly applied than that of project management. For example, although Program Managers are sometimes recruited under that title, the definition still remains somewhat
obscure. Seen mostly in the health and education public sectors, program management is commonly thought of as separate to project management but, as this paper will suggest, program management is more likely an extension of project management and a complementary tool to achieving
organisational outcomes. This paper attempts to clarify the distinctions between the management approaches by looking at existing literature and comparing it to common practice in a government instrumentality. It will become apparent that further research is needed regarding this significant
step in the evolution of management practices.
Language eng
Field of Research 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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