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Goal Directed Project Management

Effective Techniques and Strategies

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.
EAN: 9780749453343
Edition: 4
Format: 234x156
272 pages

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. Online resources now include an additional chapter on GDPM in a multi-project environment.
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About the authors

Erling S. Andersen

Erling S. Andersen was born in 1941, and has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo (1966). He has been the Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Oslo, Dean of NKI College of Computer Science, and Professor of Information Science at the University of Bergen.Erling Andersen is currently Professor of Information Systems and Project Management at the Norwegian School of Management.

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Kristoffer V Grude

Kristoffer Grude is an independent consultant. He was a former managing director and partner of Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, Norway.

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Tor Haug

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

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Racy and pragmatic...a worthwhile addition the literature.

European Management Journal