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Goal Directed Project Management

Goal Directed Project Management

Effective Techniques and Strategies

Erling S. Andersen, Kristoffer V Grude, Tor Haug


This newly updated fourth edition of one of the most influential books written on project management - incorporates a new chapter focusing on how GDPM methods can be applied to financial control of projects.

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About the book

Goal Directed Project Management (GDPM) is a unique methodology that has been developed and refined by the authors over a period of more than 20 years. In this time, organizations all over the world have adopted it as a standard approach.

The central focus of Goal Directed Project Management, this fourth edition of one of the most influential project management books, is to develop understanding, commitment and involvement while managing successful and lasting change. Throughout the text, the authors emphasise the need for a 'PSO' (People, System and Organization) perspective that goes beyond the technical aspects dealt with by most project management literature, enhancing and prolonging the life of a project by allowing the people and organization involved to develop simultaneously with the system. Goal Directed Project Management gives detailed and practical guidance on how to plan, organise and control these PSO projects effectively, presenting methods and tools that will increase significantly the probability of project success.

This newly updated fourth edition of Goal Directed Project Management addresses the financial control of projects in a new chapter, presenting a pragmatic approach - based on GDPM methods - to this aspect of project management. It includes guidelines to take you through setting up a project budget based on cost benefit analysis and shows how to report and control the running project using the milestone related budget.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 02: Project characteristics;
    • Chapter - 03: Pitfalls in project management;
    • Chapter - 04: Foundation of the project;
    • Chapter - 05: Global planning – milestone planning;
    • Chapter - 06: Global organizing – milestone responsibility chart;
    • Chapter - 07: Detail planning and detail organization;
    • Chapter - 08: Project control;
    • Chapter - 09: Financial control of projects;
    • Chapter - 10: Quality in project work;
    • Chapter - 11: Project culture;
    • Chapter - 12: Goal Directed Project Management – example and summary


Racy and pragmatic...a worthwhile addition the literature.
European Management Journal

Well argued and authoritative.
The Work Foundation

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749453343
  • Edition: 4
  • Published: 3rd June 2009
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 272 pages

About the Author

Erling S Andersen is professor of project management and information systems at the Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo. He has written several books on project management, general management and computer-based information systems.

Kristoffer Grude is a former managing director and partner of Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, Norway. He now has his own business consultancy, Euroconsult.

Tor Haug is an independent consultant, specialising in IT strategies, re-engineering and project management.

Erling S. Andersen

Kristoffer V Grude

Tor Haug