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When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
8:00 AM
Where: University of Toronto - OISE Room # 2212
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto M5S 1V6
Presenter: Mark Kozak-Holland

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Event Type: GTIS Branch Event

Presenter: Mark Kozak-Holland

Title: The future is in the past - The History of Project Management is from the “Lessons from History”

Project management is one of the fastest growing disciplines. Yet, despite this growth project management is an immature discipline and the consequence of this is a significant gap between research and practice. The discipline lacks a unified theory and established body of research. Bodies of knowledge (BoKs) reflect process and technique yet frequently neglect the political, social and ethical dimensions of project management. As a profession it acts with little impunity, where a poor project trackrecord is rather inconsequential to career 

progress. There is a strong business need for a competent, professional and rigorous project management discipline.

To meet the demands of the 21st century there is a need to round out a quantitative BoK, and incorporate a qualitative aspect through more critical project case studies that focus on policies, strategies, communications, social dimensions and behaviours. The presentation will state the case to reinterpret historical project management so as to connect it to contemporary project management, and mature it as a discipline. New insights emerge when analysing historical project case studies through a project management lens. Paying attention to how historical projects solved complex problems of the day provides valuable insights into how to solve today’s more challenging business problems.

Learning Objectives:
How the business world is in need of a competent, professional and rigorous project management discipline. How contemporary project management (BoKs) reflects process and technique, and could be rounded out through historical project case studies. How historical project case studies can bring a wealth of lessons that provide fresh stimulus and thinking to solving today’s problems.

Mark Kozak-Holland PhD, PMP, IPMA-D, Cert.APM

Mark has over 30 years of project experience gained internationally. Mark helps organizations evaluate how emerging technologies can impact their business and enhance existing business services. 

Author of a series of business books on project management and emerging technology ( Mark is passionate about history and advocates that we move through repeating cycles of historical change. Paying attention to how historical projects and emerging technologies of the past solved complex problems of the day provides some very valuable insight into how to solve today’s more challenging business problems. 

8:00 a.m. - Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Event Starts
10:00 a.m. - Break
12:30 p.m. - Event ends​​

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI-SOC Members (login prior to registering) - $50.00
Non-Members and Guests - $70.00

Webstream - $40.00

PDUs: 4.0 (1 Technical/ 1.5 Leadership/ 1.5 Business and Strategic)

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