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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 4th Edition by Jeanette Cabanis-Brewin, Paul C. Dinsmore

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CHAPTER 46

Rescue Mission

Project Management in the Helping Professions

JEANNETTE CABANIS-BREWIN, PM SOLUTIONS RESEARCH

A new commercial jet. A skyscraper. A software product. These are the kinds of deliverables that project management cut its teeth on, and with which project managers can readily identify. But increasingly, project management is being applied to enterprises where the ultimate deliverable might be expressed as something like “lessened human suffering,” “improved understanding of a social problem,” “a safer society for children,” or “an increased awareness of the arts.” Is the discipline of project management, as currently understood, applicable to projects where outcomes concern individual and social welfare, education, and development? ...

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