The Association of Project Management (APM, UK)
*Dr. Sadeq Alturfi
APM was founded 1972 in the UK, and was launched in 1988 by its chairman on BBC TV, who had launched a new television series on business matters, project management and APM (APM, 2010; Gvozdenovic et al., 2008). The APM published its first document on the body of knowledge of project management (APM-BoK) in 1992, which was compiled by practitioners, academics and authors from all areas of the economy in the UK (APM, 2012). The APM-BoK incorporates not only inward-focused project management topics (such as planning and control techniques), but also wider topics in which the project is being managed, like social and ecological environment, as well as specific areas, such as economics, finance, technology, procurement, organisation and people, as well as general management (Burke, 2003). The APM-BoK includes knowledge and practices that “are applicable to most projects most of the time”, with contextual topics discussed separately in its framework section. The APM-BoK is an inclusive guide that describes the sum of knowledge within the profession of project management. The document includes knowledge of innovative and advanced practices that are widely applied in all fields of project programs and portfolio management, now commonly referred to as P3 Management, as detailed in Figure 2.6 (APM, 2012; Morris and Pinto, 2010; Dinsmore and Cabanis-Brewin, 2006).
The sixth edition of the APM-BoK (2012) consists of four main sections: project management in context, people, delivery and techniques, which are divided into twelve sub-sections with fifty-three elements, giving it a total of 69 topics, as shown in Table 2.2.
Table 2.2 APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition
* Al-Turfi, Sadeq (2017) Best practice project management for the sustainable regeneration of Holy Karbala Province in Iraq. PhD thesis, University of Bolton. UK.