Project Management in Public Sector/Government

Project Management in Public Sector/Government

Public sectors all over the world face challenges and, thus far, public sector reforms have not been very successful. The public sector, as a key component of any economy, needs to address its challenges adequately to reinforce economic growth and sustainable development.

The public sector is the arena of conflicts and contradictions. It has a wide range of stakeholders, and each of these stakeholders has its own interests, resulting in a variety of expectations which are imposed on the public sector. Resources in all fronts are scarce and government agencies fiercely compete for these scarce resources. Government agencies fight over competing public values and selfinterest where, on the other hand, experiments are not highly appreciated. The top managers and high officials of the public sector do not tolerate failure and do not welcome any experimentation. Also, all government contracts and deals are fixed scope and accordingly fixed price.

However, a fact has been highlighted that ICT projects are the only hope left for proper reform to alleviate poverty, combat corruption, institute social justice, close the economic, social and digital divide and steer sustainable development. A critical realist approach is adopted for the Information Systems Initiatives that could be utilized now for better knowledge creation and societal learning.

Throughout the session, we will address the challenges facing public sector and discuss the digital transformation strategies. We will also discuss how Project Management Knowledge could be utilized to make this transformation attainable and accordingly how the associated favorable social impact could be realized.