Title: New Skills for the PM: Improvisational Activity within the Project
Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
meeting slides can be downloaded.
Organizational Improvisation is becoming more accepted in organizations,
partly because traditional planning models are seen as less effective in
modern turbulent organizational environments, and partly because there is
a greater acceptance of the power of tacit knowledge and experience.
However, the tensions between ‘structure’ and improvised work are well known,
and an element of control needs to be applied in order to avoid organizational
These improvisational imperatives are also present within project-based management,
and this session will introduce the theoretical underpinnings and the components
of improvised work, and discuss its implications for project management in
times when many projects are beset by ambiguity and uncertainty about final
deliverables because of emerging requirements.
Bio – Dr. Steve Leybourne, PhD. Professor of Innovation and Project
Management, Boston University
Dr. Steve Leybourne is a member of the faculty at Boston University, where
he teaches and researches into innovation in project-based change, improvisational
working practices, and improvisational behaviour within the project domain.
He is considered to be an international authority on organizational improvisation.
Steve is an editor of the Organizational Project Management journal (formerly
the Journal of Project, Program, and Portfolio Management) and is an editorial
board member of the Project Management Journal, and the Journal of Administrative
Science & Technology. He has published widely on the subject of improvisational
work within the project domain, and has presented his research at six PMI
Research Conferences, and ten Academy of Management conferences. He
was presented with ‘best paper’ awards by the Academy of Management in 2006,
and by the International Management Development Association in 2009.
Steve was a ‘keynote’ speaker at the 5th Brazil National PM Congress in October
2010, at the PMI Japan Academic Congress in 2010, and at other PM events.
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