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Holistic Approach in Project Management

  • 6.6.2019, 12:30 - 14:00, Háskólinn í Reykjavík

Thursday June 6th at 12:30 Rebekka Rún Jóhannesdóttir will defend her 30 ECTS thesis in MSc Engineering Management. The title of the thesis is Holistic Approach in Project Management and the lecture will be held in room V101. All welcome.

  • Title: Holistic Approach in Project Management 
  • Student: Rebekka Rún Jóhannesdóttir
  • Supervisor: Haukur Ingi Jónasson
  • Examiner: Rögnvaldur Sæmundsson

Summary - Project Desciption:

The success of engineering, when faced with real-world problems, requires more than just knowledge of engineering fundamentals. It requires abilities ranging from design and strategy to personal and interpersonal competences, such as leadership and communication for professional teamwork. To bring a better perspective on this oft-neglected side of engineering, a model was formed for a holistic approach in project management, a sub-field in engineering.

The aim of this thesis is to answer if the Integrated Research Model (IRM) of Jonasson and Ingason can be used as a practical holistic approach in future project management, and if so, how? To answer this question, a somewhat multilayered qualitative and quantitative method was used. First, project realities were defined by some of the most recognized project management frameworks in the world; IPMA, APM, PMI, PRINCE2, XPM, and Agile. These project realities were then located on the IRM, additionally to a couple of project realities defined by MPM students to fill any identified gap, and a base was created. This base was then used to define statements into a model. These statements can be rated on the scale 1-5 in a self-reflection, peer reflection, team reflection, organizational reflection, or even social reflection. The results are visually presented in a radar chart on the IRM matrix, where the location on each dimension can give a good idea where improvements are needed in the project. The IRM can be used as a practical approach in project management, and the model is one way of showing how to do that.

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