Political Upheaval in North Africa & The Middle East – What it Means for Projects & Project Ma

Political Changes as Disruptive Events - Ramifications for Programs, Projects and Project Management Discussed in February PM World Today eJournal
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March 2, 2011 - PRLog -- Dallas, Texas — Political unrest and change are sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East.  As political upheaval brings changes to Tunisia, Egypt and other countries in the region, what is the impact on programs, projects and the project management profession in those countries?  That is the subject of the editorial paper by David Pells entitled “Tunisian Winds of Change! The Potential Impact of Political Upheaval in North Africa & the Middle East.  Political Change as Disruptive Events – Impact on Program and Projects, Suggested Responses & Ramifications for Project Management” in the February edition of PM World Today.

The paper by David Pells, Managing Editor for PMForum and PM World Today, reviews the situation in Egypt and other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, the potential impact on projects and organizations in the region, suggested responses, implications for program and project risk management, and opportunities for project management to be used during the transition to more democracy in those countries.

According to Pells, “With two Egyptian correspondents and many authors and readers in the region, we have been following events in Egypt and North Africa closely.  Political changes can affect programs and projects in serious ways, so the impact on project management can also be significant.  This is why planning for disruptive events is such an important aspect of project risk management, emergency preparedness and project management in general.”

“The most obvious immediate impact of political disruptions like those in Tunisia and Egypt,” Pells adds, “are related to the economy, civil security, political and legal systems, and personal lives.  For example, in Egypt police security broke down completely, and the internet, mobile phones and communication systems were shut down for days.  The everyday lives of nearly everyone in the country seemed to be in disarray, affected by the mass demonstrations, instability and pending political changes.  These factors can be extremely disruptive for many organizations and project teams!”

The article outlines some actions for program and project managers to consider during such upheaval, discusses political changes as significant disruptive events, and reviews the implications for project management.  Opportunities for modern professional project management to support the transition to democracy are also highlighted.  The use of programs, projects and project management to achieve the goals and benefits of democratic change is explored.  The paper can be found at http://www.pmforum.org/library/editorials/2011/PDFs/feb/E....

The February edition of PM World Today contains over 80 articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world, including several about the political upheaval in Egypt.  In addition to the editorial, the February edition contains five viewpoints articles, three featured papers, eight advisory articles, 14 regional reports from PMForum correspondents around the world, three book reviews, a series article on construction project scheduling, a tribute to the late Carlos Zervigon, and more than 40 articles and stories about PM events, research, education, profession, industry and community news.  With 28 countries represented by authors or subjects in this edition, PM World Today remains one of the world’s most global publications serving the project management profession.  To read the latest edition, visit www.pmworldtoday.net.

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