A brighter lightbulb

Project management provides organizations with a structured method for maturing and expanding. But does this method also stifle the creativity and innovation that businesses need to thrive and survive at the forefront of a global market? This article examines the current schools of thought on this topic. In doing so, it analyzes these schools of thought and shows that the significant systemic changes which innovation generates are not always easily assimilated into industies practicing project management; it also looks at how project management enables companies to devise highly creative project solutions. This article then outlines five points for using project management to realize innovation initiatives. Included with this article is a sidebar featuring a Q&A interview with John Bessant, professor of Innovation Management at Cranfield University (Bedford, United Kingdom). In this interview, Mr. Bessant offers his views on the relationship between using project management and generating creative and innovat
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