Project management ethics



Every profession has its own ethics or code of professional practice which guide the work behaviours. It cuts across organizational boundaries. Project Management Institute (PMI®) calls this Professional Responsibility.

Key ethics, among others, include:

§  Be honest: there is difference between diplomacy and misrepresentation.

§  Do not take bribe: expression of gratitude is not illegal, but does not have to be fulfilled.

§  Gifts: know and follow your organization guidelines for gifts received from third parties and partners.

§  Respect contract/agreements’ terms and conditions.

§  Negotiate in good faith. Otherwise a party who felt cheated may have a hidden resentment or vengeance attitude, which could materialise in future dealings.


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