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Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 4th Edition [Hardcover]

Jack R. Meredith , Samuel J. Mantel
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Nov. 23 1999 0471298298 978-0471298298 4th Revised edition
As businesses struggle to improve their record of completing large scale projects on time and on budget, interest in good project management skills is skyrocketing. For the past 10 years this book has set the standard for establishing project management principles. With a sharp focus on business (rather than engineering or construction), it provides all the guidelines and tools managers of projects need to succeed. Throughout, the emphasis is on project/team management techniques, rather than general management techniques. Critical aspects of project management are covered in detail, including available software packages, negotiation, project manager selection, and project auditing and terminating.

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Meredith & Mantel/Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 7th Edition

Project management can seem like an impossible task—things rarely go as planned. To manage a project, you need insight into human behavior, knowledge of organizational issues, and skill with quantitative methods. Project Management: A Managerial Approach, Seventh Edition helps you not only acquire these basic skills but prepares you to deal with the unexpected—which, as every good project manager knows, is always to be expected.

In this Seventh Edition of a must-read text, authors Jack Meredith and Samuel J. Mantel, Jr., draw from their own extensive experience in operations management to show you how to select, initiate, operate, and control all types of projects. They familiarize you with:

Project Initiation, including strategic management, negotiation, and conflict management
Project Planning, from budgeting and cost estimating to scheduling and resource allocation
Project Execution, as you monitor and control your project, conduct audits, and understand how to terminate the project properly

Most of all, they prepare you for dealing with the numerous organizational, interpersonal, economic, and technical glitches that can create crises in the life cycle of every project. 

With references to the major areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as defined by the PMI, this new edition keeps you current on such topics as Six-Sigma, ethics, charting and partnering, the role of the project management office, SAP, and Stage Gates. A free trial edition of Crystal Ball gives you hands-on experience with a key project management tool and the companion site (www.wiley.com/college/meredith) offers powerful resources for instructors and students. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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 alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have to any IT manager Jan. 30 2001
I initially purchased this book because I am enrolled in a Master of Science degree program in Management Information Systems. I had to have it for class. As I began to read this book, it is truly a great guide to project management in the information technology industry. I would strongly recommend that all VP's, PM's, and even analyst read this book. It will really help you to understand project managment and how everyone parts is very crucial to running a dynamic project. The author gives great examples and case study that really help you apply the theory to practice.
This is one book that I will definitely not sale back to the bookstore.
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1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY - DO NOT BUY! Sept. 27 2003
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This book makes learning Project management difficult. It does not clearly define anything. It is full of endless (and senseless) babble and author's "opinions" very few facts. I fully believe this is a required text because of the website Wiley created and the "bonus" cd of Project 2002. The website makes teaching the class a breeze, it gives the teacher quizzes and tests, therefore, the teacher doesn't have to muddle through the maze of crap to find out information. The quizzes are not general but tipically, "what message did the author's try to convey on page such and such".
This book is not worth it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the previous Editions Oct. 13 2003
I bought this book because it was required for a class I am taking. I had the 3rd Edition already and wasn't too impressed. But this 5th Edition is much more appealing. I just became PMP certified and reviewing this book before taking the exam was a great primer to get my head out of pure PMBOK and into real world Project Management. The case studies and Directed Readings are great for seeing real world PM activities. I would suggest the book for guidance and classroom type learning. If you're an experienced PM then this book is too academic and won't feed your intellect. Buy something else.
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Jack R. Meredith and Samuel J. Mantel, Jr. have written an academic reference book about project management that is at times dry, theoretical, and boring to read. However, their book is at other times a good, interesting reflection tool for an experienced project manager. A green project manager will often have difficulty to relate the content of the book to his/her new practice. Based on my own experience, there is ultimately no better learning school than getting his/her hands "dirty" in the field under the supervision of an experienced project manager to learn the ropes of the job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding guide to the field. March 9 2000
This is an outstanding book. Whether you are new to project management or and old-hand, this book covers many topics in a business like and mature fashion.
I especially recommned it to IT project managers, precisley because it ISNT focused on IT. It is very informative to see how project management is carried out in other industries.
This book cant help but broaden your appreciation of this vitally important aspect of management.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cure for Insomnia Feb. 2 2004
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I don't know what is worse, my Instructor or this text.
The authors re-define "babble" in this book. It's quite a compendium of sleep inducing theory that never ends. They repeat and define concepts over and over. The chapters are a long and wordy. I can't wait till this semester is over so I can unload this hundred dollar tome of esoteric Project Management lexicon and "theory"..
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The book provides good insight into project management. Suitable for beginning or intermediate level. A few of the concepts and readings are quite out of date. The third edition was last copyrighted in 1995. This can be an eternity in the fast changing project management arena. An update, to include current (1999) concepts and techniques, could make this an excellent text instead of a good text.
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