Project Management Institute

Educating potential project managers

Today's educational systems are failing to provide the next generation of project managers with universally acceptable pathways to career success. Added to this lack is the field-related controversy as to whether project managers should enter the field with a technical or a management background. While a wide variety of career paths have effectively helped project managers, the field needs a better approach for preparing its future generations of professionals. This article examines this need. In doing so, it discusses the traditional way individuals become project managers and outlines three questions relating to project types and project manager responsibility and function. It then examines the concerns shaping each of these areas and suggests answers to the questions. It also looks at two ways of acquiring professional-level knowledge--education versus training--and describes the advantages of developing formal degree programs in project management.
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