An example of an accidental project manager from the Roman Empire

Walker, D and Dart, C 2010, 'An example of an accidental project manager from the Roman Empire', in Luca Gnan (ed.) European Academy of Management 10th: Back to the Future Proceedings, Rome, Italy, 19/05/10 to 22/05/10, pp. 1-29.


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Title An example of an accidental project manager from the Roman Empire
Author(s) Walker, D
Dart, C
Year 2010
Conference name 10th European Academy of Management: Back to the Future
Conference location Rome, Italy
Conference dates 19/05/10 to 22/05/10
Proceedings title European Academy of Management 10th: Back to the Future Proceedings
Editor(s) Luca Gnan
Publisher European Academy of Management
Place of publication Belgium
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to compare selected project management (PM) practices that were undertaken almost 2000 years ago with current literature on best PM practice. The investigation takes a case study approach using an hermeneutic research approach with a focus on a person who we argue could be seen to have taken a project management, project and sponsor and project champion role. We suggest that some PM approaches used in Roman times that are routinely used today, however, changes in the culture and technology has transformed possibilities for PM techniques and so changed approaches are inevitable. The source of historical data we accessed is extremely old and therefore can be argued to be somewhat speculative; however, it has been deeply placed in context to minimise bias based on current modes of thinking. Historical texts and data used by historians undertaking research has long been recognised as providing a reasonable if contestable account. Investigating a case study example of an individual project manager from 2000 years ago and comparing that with current PM practice and how that has changed provides useful insights about the nature of changes to PM practice that may be expected during this 21st century. Many PM writers state that PM was used in Roman times yet there is a dearth of PM literature to explain the significance of this to modern times. This paper provides a concrete PM example that better explains how PM could have been
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) PM
history
culture
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