All Quiet on the Ethical Front: Behaviour and Professionalism in Project Management

Brendan D’Cruz will be speaking at Aberystwyth University on Thursday 13th November, speaking about ‘All Quiet on the Ethical Front: Behaviour and Professionalism in Project Management.’  This will be in A14 in the Hugh Owen building at 6pm. There will be refreshments from 5.30pm.

map showing the venue is available.

Alistair Godbold stated in an article entitled ‘Are You an Ethically Mature Project Manager?’ (APM Blog, July 2014) – “As our projects become more complicated and complex, and our activities span many countries and cultures through the supply chain or during roll out, the potential for conflict and differences on ethical views increases. The range of stakeholders we deal with is becoming wider; project initiators, investors, policy makers, sponsors, project leaders, members of project teams — all of whom are likely to face a broad range of issues. In many instances the managerial problems we used to face as technical challenges now often have an ethical dimension requiring reflection on individual or communal values. There is also the increasing importance of the long-term reputation of the business to consider which is becoming increasingly important.”

 This interactive session will explore how the issues of ethics, professionalism and compliance are being dealt with by professional bodies, and what this means for individuals operating ‘at the front’ when delivering projects, programmes and business solutions. In particular, the session will consider:

  • Codes of conduct – do they really mean anything?
  • Competence standards – are they appropriate, and how can you evidence them?
  • Project corruption – what is it and why does it matter?
  • Professional behaviours – what are they, and how can they be enhanced?

A series of ‘ethical dilemmas’ will be presented to participants during the session, and there may be occasional context and imagery derived from the First World War.

Dr. Brendan D’Cruz is an Independent Consultant and currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Wales. He is Chief Examiner and Chair of the Examination Technical Assurance Group at APM. He is also a Verifier and Assessor for the APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) designation, having been the Lead Verifier from inception up to July 2014. He was formerly on the BCS Project Management Specialist Group (PROMS-G) committee as Event Development Manager and Regional Coordinator for Wales, and has contributed articles and views to Project Manager Today, Project Magazine, and the Project Eye blog. He is currently writing a book and supporting articles on ‘Project Corruption’.

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