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Project Management: A Managerial Approach [Hardcover]

Jack R. Meredith , Samuel J. Mantel
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28 Jan 2003
The book is primarily intended for use as a college textbook for teaching project management at the advanced undergraduate or master′s level. The text is appropriate for classes on the management of service, product, engineering projects, as well as information systems (IS). Thus, we have included some coverage of material concerning information systems and how IS projects differ from and are similar to regular business projects. The authors draw upon their personal experiences working with project managers and on the experience of friends and colleagues who have spent much of their working lives serving as project managers in the "real world." Thus, in contrast to the books that are about project management, this book teaches students how to do project management.
Project Management: A Managerial Approach 5E addresses project management from a management perspective rather than a cookbook, special area treatise, or collection of loosely associated articles. It addresses the basic nature of managing all types of projects – public, business, engineering, information systems, and so on – as well as specific techniques and insights required to carry out this unique way of getting things done. It deals with the problems of selecting projects, initiating them, and operating and controlling them. It discusses the demands made on the project manager and the nature of the manager′s interaction with the rest of the parent organization. It covers the difficult problems associated with conducting a project using people and organizations that represent different cultures and may be separated by considerable distances. It even covers the issues arising when the decision is made to terminate a project.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (28 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849347319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849347313
  • ASIN: 0471073237
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Putting a man on the moon, building the pyramids, even creating a robust database for a large organization... These might seem like impossible achievements, but they are all the results of carefully implemented project management techniques.

Taking a managerial approach, Meredith and Mantel′s text equips you with the insight into human behavior, knowledge of organizational issues, and quantitative methods you need to do project management. You′ll learn how to select, initiate, operate, and control all types of projects––from public works and engineering projects to information systems.

The text puts you in command of the latest thinking in the field, including:
∗ Strategic project management: Chapter 2 is now oriented toward using project selection as a major tool for achieving the strategic objectives of the organization.
∗ Risk manqagement: The authors discuss risk management throughout the text and explain how to evaluate risk using simulation software, such as Crystal Ball. In addition, the text is accompanied by a student version of Crystal Ball(r) 2002.
∗ Earned value: Chapter 10 features extensively expanded coverage of earned value and includes a detailed example that illustrates the calculation of earned value during the execution of a project.
∗ Project Management Office: Chapter 4 (Project Organization) contains substantial discussion of the Project Management Office. Additional references to this topic also appear throughout the text.
∗ Activity–on–node notation: Chapter 8 (Scheduling) has been reoriented to focus on activity–on–node notation, which is used in most of today′s software packages.

Includes a free trial version pf Microsoft Project 2002(r)!

A CD–ROM containing a 120–day free trial version of Microsoft Project 2002(r) and a student version pf Crystal Ball(r) 2002 accompanies the text. In addition, the text features new exercises in the end–of–chapter material that rely on he use of computer software. Microsoft Project and Excel printouts are updated and now integrated throughout the text where appropriate.

About the Author

Jack Meredith is currently Professor of Management & Broyhill Distinguished Scholar & Chair in Operations at the Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.  Dr. Meredith′s research has focused on the strategic and operational problems that managers face, particularly those concerning the management of advanced technology.  He received his BS and BSME at Oregon State University and his MBA and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Meredith has written eight books on operations management, project management and management science, including "Project Management" and "Operations Management for MBAs." He serves as outgoing editor in chief of the Journal of Operations Management. He received the school′s inaugural Cowan Research Prize in 2002, the Academy of Management′s 2003 Distinguished OM Scholar Award, and was inducted into the Oregon State University Engineering Hall of Fame in 2004. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars project management book 29 Oct 2010
By alberto
I bought this book for Project Management module in my MSc course at Nottingham Uni. It was the main book reccomanded by the professor and it covers all the program taught, mainly: time estimation, cost estimation, risk management with some examples and case study. The software included is Microsoft Project and Crystal Ball and they are used in some examples. I'm happy with the book, is clear and useful. This edition is a bit old, but the newer aren't much different so I saw no point to spend more money for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 6 Jan 2010
This book is really helpful. I am an events management student and this has really helped the project management aspect of the course. Highly recommended. I would also advise buying PMBOK guide to read alongside it.A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 15 Jan 2014
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Brilliant book, perfect for my MBA course and it will help immensely in my exams. Very detailed and laid out perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Like New 5 Jan 2014
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Love this book and all the items looks New and the price is cheaper than normal, recommended to student learning Engineering Management in Master Level
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very good book 11 Nov 2013
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I read a number of books on project management in a library and found this book the most useful among others. Ordered it for myself.
There is only one problem that really annoys me - there is a yellow label glued to the book. It seems that there is no way to remove this label without damaging the front cover.
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