Lessons Learned from 50 Years of Project Management

An interesting article on intuit.com examines the area of project management and the lessons that we have all learned from the process.


If you browse the internet, you will find around 100,000 articles on project management – shedding light on what our predecessors were talking about, and when.

Julien Pollack and Daniel Adler reported last year in the International Journal of Project Management on 50 years of project management research trends, to underline where the industry has come from – and where it’s likely to be heading. Their report acknowledges passing fads as well as those that have withstood the test of time.

Upon embarking upon their examination of the evolution of project management, Pollack and Adler knew that a standard literature review simply would not suffice – the pair wanted to check out every aspect, therefore sourced 94,472 unique records of project management research (published between 1962 and 2012) from the Scopus and ISI Web of Science databases.

The keywords and abstracts that the authors used to describe their work were analysed in terms of word frequency, rate of change and the co-occurrence of keywords and abstract terms. Comparisons were made between the frequencies of key terms and rapid changes in the ways that terms were used in the literature to identify emergent trends.

The findings revealed the long-term, overall transformation from siloed to holistic management, education and financial investment domination the early 00s and the recession period: information systems, innovation, and decision making.

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