PDF Power and Politics in Project Management
Because projects often exist outside the traditional functional business structure, project managers often have an unstable base of power and must cultivate other methods of influence. Here, Pinto sheds light on power and politics, specifically in how they relate toeffectively managing projects. You will learn about the skills you need to succeed in the project environment-especially the abilities to bargain, manage conflict, and negotiate. Power & Politics in Project Management offers you something that is immediately useful in your project management work-a better and more sensitive set of warning signals for spotting and reacting appropriately tounseemly political ploys. There is also useful information here for novice project managers who are beginning to understand the importance of becoming influential and are eager to learn ways to test their wings. Pinto presents a combination of theory and practice. The first chapters lay a foundation, using important guiding principles from research on power and political behavior to put project politics in their proper context. He then details the key decision processes that often influence interdepartmental cooperation and conflict. Once that's understood, it's easy to see how pervasive political behavior is, and how to take steps to minimize its potentially negative effects on projects. The last chapter then examines some specific arenas of politics, including negotiation skills and conflict management. This is a practical discussion of the role of political behavior in project implementation, a pragmatic guide to project management politics, and the lessons that managers need to derive from its practice. In a nutshell, Pinto helps projectmanagers do a better job of running their projects.
Jeffrey K. Pinto, Ph.D., is the Samuel A. and Elizabeth B. Breene University Endowed Fellow in Management and Professor of Management in the School of Business at Penn State-Erie.
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