All Quiet on the Ethical Front: Behaviour and Professionalism in Project Management

Wednesday 9 December 2015

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Dr Brendan D'Cruz


Alistair Godbold stated in an article entitled ‘Are You an Ethically Mature Project Manager?’ (APM Blog, July 2014): 'As our projects become more complicated and complex, and our activities span many countries and cultures through the supply chain or during roll out, the potential for conflict and differences on ethical views increases. The range of stakeholders we deal with is becoming wider; project initiators, investors, policy makers, sponsors, project leaders, members of project teams - all of whom are likely to face a broad range of issues. In many instances the managerial problems we used to face as technical challenges now often have an ethical dimension requiring reflection on individual or communal values. There is also the increasing importance of the long-term reputation of the business to consider which is becoming increasingly important.'

This interactive session will explore how the issues of ethics, professionalism and compliance are being dealt with by professional bodies, and what this means for individuals operating ‘at the front’ when delivering projects, programmes and business solutions. In particular, the session will consider:

  • Codes of conduct - do they really mean anything?
  • Competence standards - are they appropriate, and how can you evidence them?
  • Project corruption - what is it and why does it matter?
  • Professional behaviours - what are they, and how can they be enhanced?
  • IT-enabled change initiatives - are we doing the right things right?

A series of ‘ethical dilemmas’ will be presented to participants during the session, and there may be occasional context and imagery derived from the First World War.


6.00pm - 6.30pm
Registration with tea, coffee & biscuits
Presentation with Q&A
Sandwich buffet, wine and soft drinks plus networking

About the speaker

Brendan D'CruzDr. Brendan D’Cruz is an Independent Consultant working with professional bodies and educational institutions. He is the Chief Examiner and Chair of the Examination Technical Assurance Group for the new ‘Practitioner’ qualification that is in development at the Association for Project Management (APM). He is a former Chair of APM’s Education Network Advisory Group, and is also a Verifier and Assessor for the APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) designation having been its Lead Verifier from inception up to July 2014. He was formerly on the BCS Project Management Specialist Group (PROMS-G) committee as Event Development Manager and Regional Coordinator for Wales, and has contributed numerous articles and perspectives to Project Manager Today, APM Project Magazine, and the Project Eye blog.