Sustainable Project Management: Revolution or Evolution?

Robert Christian Moehler, Alex Hope, Chivonne T. Algeo

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The integration of sustainability into business practices and organizational strategy requires a rethink as to the way in which operations are managed. As managing projects increasingly play an integral role in business and society, the question is whether current project management definitions, methods, processes, practices and knowledge areas are fit-for-purpose in delivering sustainable outcomes. This paper will examine the impact of sustainability on the methods, processes, practices and knowledge areas used to manage projects. A comparison of evidence from the literature will identify the leavers that shape the current agenda and can assist in the development of a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the discipline to move towards 'sustainable project management'. This agenda will identify key areas of focus for academics and practitioners before evaluating whether an evolution of project management towards sustainable project management is possible, or if a more revolutionary approach is required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2018
EditorsGuclu Atinc
Place of PublicationNew York USA
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2018
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2018 - Chicago, United States of America
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78th

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Print)2151-6561
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2018
Abbreviated titleAoM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Project Management
  • Project Methodologies
  • Project knowledge management

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