The Evolution of Governance & Ethics

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This subject looks at a the development of the concepts of governance, ethics and integrity from a project management perspective.

Topics included in the Evolution of Governance & Ethics:

- The Evolution of Ethics and Integrity
- The Origins and Development of Governance


Other related sections of the PMKI:

- Modern corporate governance
- Modern ethics and culture
- Personal ethics.

 


The Evolution of Ethics and Integrity

Blg: The Evolution of Ethics. A brief outline of the evolution of ethical thinking.

Blg: The Origins of Integrity. Integrity is a martial word that comes to us from an ancient Roman army tradition.

Most professions and professional organizations today have a 'code of ethics'. One of the earliest codes in the sphere of project management was developed by PMI. In 1981, the PMI Board of Directors formed an Ethics, Standards and Accreditation Group; its report was published as a supplement to the August 1983 Project Management Quarterly. Download the 1983 version of the PMI Code of Ethics.

In 1997, the PMI Board determined the need for a more formal member code of ethics and formed the Ethics Policy Documentation Committee the new Member Code of Ethics was adopted in October 1998. Download the 1998 version of the PMI Code of Professional Conduct.

In 2003 the PMI Board of Directors called for the reexamination of its codes of ethics and commissioned the Ethics Standards Review Committee [ESRC] to review the codes of ethics and develop a process for revising the codes. The ESRC developed processes that would encourage active participation by the global project management community and updated the 'code'. The revised Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct was approved by the PMI Board of Directors in October 2006. Download the 2006 (current) version of the PMI Code of Professional Conduct.

 

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The Origins and Development of Governance

Art: The Origins of Governance. The roots of governance and governing.

Blg: Governance and the Magna Carta. The role of the Magna Carta in defining governance principles.

PP: Project Governance & Control, The Building of the Crystal Palace. This article discusses the governance processes used to oversight the construction of the Crystal Palace in 1851 and is subsequent sale and relocation.

This video has more on the history of the Crystal Palace for a general interest perspective: https://youtu.be/8IHeoSvEKVM

 

Three of our early published papers (now retired) canvass the overall issue of effective project governance from the perspective of the early years of the 21st century:
- PP: Effective Project Governance – A Cultural Sea Change! 
- PP: Effective Project Governance – The Tools for Success  
- PP: Effective Project Governance – Linking PMI’s Standards to Project Governance

 

KPMG reports. This series of reports highlight the importance of effective project, program and portfolio systems in the creation of value. Directing an organization to invest in creating these management systems is a key governance issue:  
- Download KPMG 2002 Survey - Executive Summary
- Download KPMG 2002 Survey - Report
- Download KPMG 2003 Survey - Asia Pacific Update
- Download KPMG 2005 Survey - Summary
- Download KPMG 2005 Survey - Report

 

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