How projects influence society

Project work is known to generate problems. So while project management guides proliferate in the form of books and articles showing how success can be achieved through project work, the actual results are mixed. History can point to at least as many fiascos as successes. What explains the popularity of project work in the face of the problems that affect so many projects?This paper explores two of the main conclusions from a study of perceptions of project work in society. The study took place in 2008, and the database consisted of more than 200 master’s degree students, all of them with good knowledge on project work related to the companies they represented.There were two central conclusions. First, respondents clearly believe project work has changed several areas of society, though the degree or magnitude of the impact varies. In some areas, project work has clearly generated new ways of behaving and thinking benefiting both public and private organizations. In other areas, though, the impact is apparent
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