The seventh paper in APM’s “Road to Chartered Series” looks at how the APM research programme and wider thought leadership activity is helping to support the development of a chartered profession. Thought leadership within and between the profession and the wider public has long been central to the purpose of chartered bodies’ public interest obligations.
Outlining the key work APM is undertaking to raise the voice of the project profession in public debate, the paper explores the initiatives taking place across the organisation to provide the evidence and grounding needed to establish the project profession as a key player among more established professions and their professional bodies.
APM’s new strategic agenda – and elevation to chartered status - presents a golden opportunity to ensure the voice of project management is heard in public debates.
The paper explains the research, policy and thought leadership activity underway and planned for the future as part of APM’s evolution as a newly-formed chartered body.
In the paper’s foreword, APM board member Susie Boyce explains what this work could mean for the profession:
"Conducting research and promoting thought leadership, and engaging in the wider debates that will influence and impact the profession, is crucial to developing the profile and status of the profession.
It will also ensure our new chartered status is matched by a growing appreciation and perception of the project management profession by other chartered and professional bodies, as well as influential stakeholders such as parliament and government, academics, trade, professional and consumer bodies and, increasingly, in the international domain.
To do this, our thought leadership and research activity needs to be backed by a developed and robust advocacy approach. The research and other papers we produce – like this chartered series – must be widely disseminated and create increasing influence and advocacy for our profession."
About this series
This paper is the seventh in a series of chartered thought-leadership papers – ‘The Road to Chartered’ – being prepared by APM to help build its capacity as a chartered body. The series is being published over the 12 months to spring 2018. As this series progresses, it will provide members with insight into how APM will develop and what this will mean for them, and crucially how members can be involved in this evolution. It will also signal to the wider public the intent of the project management profession to play its part in the development of the social and economic well-being of the UK – a contribution that, we believe, has for too long been under-appreciated.