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Project management and performance management: potential transdisciplinary contributions

Gerrit van der Waldt
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 8, No 2 | a229 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v8i2.229 | © 2012 Gerrit van der Waldt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2016 | Published: 31 December 2012

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Gerrit van der Waldt, North-West University (Potchefstroom), South Africa

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As project management and performance management as management applications gain momentum in public sector settings, the question often arise as to if, how, and when these applications should complement each other in various policy implementation and service delivery initiatives. Answers to this question should be sought from various vantage points or perspectives. These vantage points may range from macro, meso, micro as well as theoretical-methodological perspectives.

The purpose of this paper is to unlock the potential for transdisciplinary contributions between Project Management and Performance Management by focusing on the methodologies, functional areas, and practical applications of both management disciplines. It is argued that the respective methodologies and their processes should be unpacked to identify the timing or moment when each discipline could, and should, make a contribution to the success of the other. This will add value to the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of both study domains in the public sector. The respective contributions are illustrated by means of application realities of both management practices in the South African Public Service.

Keywords: project management, performance management, Public Sector applications, transdisciplinarity

Disciplines: project management, performance management



project management; performance management; Public Sector applications; transdisciplinarity


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