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Development of Project Manager skills in the past 50 years

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1. What skills do project managers need now that they did not need in the past? What skills do you think project managers will need in the next 50 years that they do not have now? Provide a rationale for your answers.

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What skills do project managers need now that they did not need in the past? What skills do you think project managers will need in the next 50 years that they do not have now?

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What skills do project managers need now that they did not need in the past?
To me, the big items here are (1) the likelihood that more firms are international or global than in the past and (2) technology - in the form of software, mostly.

In fact, items one and two are sort of tied to each other with respect to the globalization of firms. Without technology, it would be nearly impossible for retail stores to coordinate orders from overseas manufacturers and it would be extremely difficult to keep up with marketing and other aspects of business if you had locations around the world. In many firms, these processes (ordering management and marketing/advertising) are part of the bigger picture of Project Management. In a global firm, you NEED technology - since that is what got you there in the first place.

Email has only been around about 30 years or so; the internet has been around about the same amount of time. Project Management software was invented, or developed, around the same time frame, though it was very primitive ...

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What skills do project managers need now that they did not need in the past? What skills do you think project managers will need in the next 50 years that they do not have now?

Both of these questions are addressed, including three references that discuss issues that shaped Project Management today and where we might be headed with it in the next 50 years. The response is well over 600 words in length, but still allows the student to put their own spin on the discussion.

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