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People: Rethinking the social element of projects

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Abstract

The previous chapter identified a certain preference within classical management thinking towards organising and control. This reflects a fascination with execution and control, rather than recognition of uncertainty, potential, and human capability to deal with and benefit from the unexpected. In reality, perfect plans do not exist, and instead the act of planning provides the focus and flexibility needed to prepare and adjust for the future. Yet the notion of a perfect organisation offers an attractive and alluring proposition to wishful managers.