African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4094


An overview and critical review on developments in the last thirty years within project management

Saleem Gul
School of Management, University of Southampton, UK SO17 1BJ
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 December 2011
  •  Published: 30 December 2011



This paper presents a critical review of the literature populating the project management body of knowledge from 1980 to 2010. The paper concluded with a presentation of the various views on the project management schools of thought as a consolidation mechanism to provide a sense of direction to the developments occurring within the discipline. The review of literature presented is gathered through an exhaustive forward chaining / backward chaining process.


Key words: Project management history, project management developments