Project Management for Humanity (PMH)

Our Project Management for Humanity programme (PMH) is an essential part of the MPM programme. The aim of the programme is to foster ethical reflection, social awareness and concern for sustainability among our students and within the project, portfolio and programme management professions. The PMH programme currently has three elements: (1) Projects for the Common Good, (2) the development of the Project Ethics Tool (PET) developed at Reykjavik University, and (3) a worldwide research project on project ethics, in cooperation with the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

PMH: Projects for the Common Good

During the first year of the MPM programme our students dedicate themselves to the design, planning, execution and completion of a Project for the Common Good under the supervision of our faculty. Our students are given freedom to choose their own projects as long as they fit the agenda and meet the criteria of ‘increasing well-being in society. Many of these projects would have been deemed impossible to undertake due to lack of financial resources if not taken on by our students.

If you have an interesting idea for a 'project for the common good', then do not hesitate to send an e-mail with the name of the project, the name of the proposed project owner, and a short description to: helgithor@ru.is, programme director.

PMH: Project Ethics Tool (PET)

The Project Ethics Tool (PET) is an evaluation tool to enable project managers, project owners and governments to identify and analyse ethical risk and opportunities in projects, portfolios and programmes. The tool was developed by the directors of the MPM programme, Dr. Haukur Ingi Jonasson and Dr. Helgi Thor Ingason. It is described in their book Project Ethics, published as a part of the Advancements in Project Management Series of Gower/Ashgate Publishing (2012).

PMH: Worldwide Research Project on Project Ethics

The Worldwide Research on Project Ethics is a research project carried out for, and in close co-operation with, the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The overall aim of the research is to write a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for IPMA, and to develop an understanding of how project, portfolio and programme managers worldwide view moral considerations.


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