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Sustainability: Sustainability: A new professional responsibility?

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Abstract

Our last chapter focused on the growing complexity of projects, alongside the shortcomings of the classical approach to project management in dealing with an ever-widening spectrum of concerns. Projects increasingly involve larger groups and communities of stakeholders and hitherto uninvolved observers with more demanding interests, queries and issues. The current financial austerity climate makes it easier to shift our focus to short-term concerns, ignoring longer-term implications, yet, we are increasingly asked to apply extended life cycles, to consider decommissioning and safe disposal and to enable project artefacts to evolve and adapt so that they can be utilised in new contexts, situations or environments. Such thinking stands in stark contrast to the focus on short-term financial gains, as it implies an intelligent and meaningful long-term engagement with the future.