Why isn’t the climate changing our research?

Nigel Leroy Williams, Beverly L. Pasian

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Unlike many other domains of management, project management places uncertainty at its core. The need to address uncertainty is embedded in PM in ambiguities where outcomes are unknown and variability where the extent is unknown. In the context of climate impacts, the risk is used to address the ambiguity and variability of negative impacts of climate hazards on individuals, economies, community quality of life, ecosystems, and infrastructure. In defining climate impacts, one must consider the exposure (the presence of entities in locations that may be adversely affected) and vulnerabil-ity (the susceptibility to harm and lack of resilience). Despite the scale, recency, and frequency of climate impacts, it is curious that the academic literature on Project Management has paid scant attention. An examination of the Climate Change Keyword in Scopus in August 2021 reveals that it has been used 20 times in “Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal,” 9 times in “Automation in Construction,” 6 times in “Construction Management and Economics,” 5 times in the “International Journal of Project Management,” 3 times in “Construction Innovation,” and 2 times in the “Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Responsible Project Management
EditorsBeverly L. Pasian, Nigel L. Williams
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783110724783
ISBN (Print)9783110724288
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameDe Gruyter Handbooks in Business, Economics and Finance
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISSN (Print)2748-016X
ISSN (Electronic)2748-0178

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