Project Management in Portuguese Metalworking Industry

Project Management in Portuguese Metalworking Industry

Ricardo Pinto (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal) and Caroline Dominguez (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0196-1.ch012
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Abstract

Project management is increasingly considered a powerful tool to tackle the challenges of businesses in a globalized economy, where the need for innovation is decisive. At the same time it has emerged as a field of knowledge which has been expanding and studied under various perspectives. In this chapter the authors aim to contribute to the knowledge on project management practices in the manufacturing sector. The results presented here characterize project management practices in the Portuguese metalworking industrial sector. Data analysis from thirty companies show that risk and integration areas are often overlooked in project management and need to be promoted.
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Project Management

The PMBOK Guide, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI, 2008) defines project management “as the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities in order to meet project requirements” (p.6). This application is made through the use and integration of processes that ensure the effective course of the project throughout its life cycle.

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