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People: Rethinking the social element of projects

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Publication date1/01/2017
Host publicationThe Evolution of Project Management Practice: From Programmes and Contracts to Benefits and Change
EditorsDarren Dalcher
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315113630
ISBN (Print)9781138080133
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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.