The Evolution of Project Management Thinking

Hermano Moura / Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

Increasingly, organizations and individuals are organizing themselves around projects essential to their business activity. Project management research and practice has been evolving as a response to this approach to the organization of work. This paper reports on a study of the evolution of project management thinking. A historical perspective on the approaches to the art and science of project management is presented using a systematic review methodology. The objective of the review presented in the paper is to verify how project management and related research have evolved over the years and to identify related trends. The systematic review reported herein is intended to define an improved framework for the management of software projects in particular.