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Book Review of Sustainability in Project Management

Sustainability means different things to different people. So, what does sustainability mean to the project manager?

At the June 2016 Breakfast Roundtable, the topic under discussion concerned the concept of sustainability and project management. The inspiration for the topic came from a book by Silvius, Schipper, Planko, Van den Brink, and Kohler, entitled "Sustainability in Project Management." Dr. Rowland starts the discussion by saying "Sustainability means different things to different people. So, what does sustainability mean to the project manager?"

If you missed the event, here's your chance to get acquainted with the topic through a review of the book by Dr. Rowland.

Introduction

It’s hard to miss the topic of sustainability. It is everywhere. However, when I saw the book by Silvius, Schipper, Planko, Van den Brink, and Kohler, entitled Sustainability in Project Management, I had to stop and think just what that meant. Being trained as an economist, I attribute sustainability to financial viability. But, just what more needed to be included in the concept of sustainability beside an environmental outlook, was something I had never applied to the idea and role of project management.

Silvius et al., as authors, are practicing project managers dedicated to sustainability. They are based in the Netherlands and provide an international perspective in their book. The following discussion will review the topics covered in their book and highlight some of the concepts that were particularly compelling.

 

 

About Larry Rowland

Dr. Larry Rowland is an Associate Professor teaching project management in HPU's MSIS and MBA programs. He has been serving as College Relations Director for PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter for several years. As part of his chapter volunteer activities, Dr. Rowland facilitates a monthly Breakfast Roundtable discussion about various project management or related topics with chapter members, business professionals, students, and anyone interested to attend. Look on our home page and event page for the next Breakfast Roundtable.