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The Handbook of Project-based Management, 3rd Edition by J. Rodney Turner

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CHAPTER 1LEADING CHANGE THROUGHPROJECTS

Change, and the need to manage change through projects, touches all our lives, in working and social environments. Twenty years ago most managers were not directly involved in the management of projects. Bureaucracies were viewed as providing an efficient, stable, and certain environment in which to conduct business. Change was mistrusted. Managing change was limited to specialist, technical functions. That has now changed. Change is endemic, brought on by an explosion in the development of technology and communications. Rather than being the preferred style of management, bureaucracies are viewed as restricting an organization's ability to respond to change, and thereby maintain a competitive edge.

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