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How standard are standards

an examination of language emphasis in project management standards

Professional standards provide practitioners with a common knowledge that enables them to communicate more effectively about their profession. But those project managers who work globally often encounter significant communications problems with their peers because of the numerous project management standards that practitioners working around the world use as their primary knowledge source, standards that often emphasize different or conflicting professional competencies. This article examines a study exploring the differences in terminology and keyword emphasis used in the project management standards from five countries (Australia, Japan, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom), differences that affect how project managers define and practice project management. In doing so, it discusses four initiatives that are being implemented worldwide to establish an international standard for project management.
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