Ethics in project management

issues, practice, and motive

Although PMI requires certified PMP®s to subscribe to and uphold a code of ethics in all professional project management dealings, ethics is not a formal component of the PMBOK® Guide, nor it is a subject given much attention in project management training. This article discusses some of the ethical issues that arise during the project life cycle and presents the results of a small survey of New Zealand project managers, the majority of whom believed that ethical challenges were constant or declining due to better trained managers and a greater emphasis on individual accountability. Ethics have to do with moral values and principles, and while morality can't be taught, leadership by example, and policies of openness and transparency, can do much to encourage appropriate behavior in the profession.
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