The Heir Apparent? A Comparative Analysis Of A Bespoke Project Management Methodology And PRINCE2 Within Penn Pharmaceutical Services Limited
University of Wales
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The age old aphorism states, "If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got" (Anon, cited JECH, 2004). This can be said to be true of project management methodologies, which are designed to ensure that successful project outcomes are the result of their use. This research project is the study of a bespoke project management methodology that is utilised within the pharmaceuticals industry. This is a comparative piece of research, where the aim was to compare the bespoke methodology to the established methodology of PRINCE2. The bespoke methodology was then analysed for any gaps when compared to PRINCE2. PRINCE2 is now the de facto methodology for project management within the UK and it is rapidly being adopted world-wide. Its flexibility and scalability have led to it being used in many industries throughout the private and public sectors. The research gives background information into project management methodologies and the pharmaceutical industry. The research pays particular attention to the drugs discovery process focusing upon the clinical trials supply element. Grounded theory is used to extract themes from the data gathered from in-depth interviews and an authors' reflective journal. This data was then analysed to give the reader a summary of the findings that emerged from the data collected. Conclusions based upon the findings of the research are articulated and then recommendations are suggested. The main objective of the in-depth interviews was to analyse and evaluate the various stages of a project from the point of view of the individuals involved within the process. The current process was then evaluated to see where principles of PRINCE2 could enhance the bespoke methodology. The research uncovers that the bespoke methodology varies considerably from the established PRINCE2 methodology. The application of PRINCE2 principles could greatly benefit the bespoke methodology and fill gaps that were highlighted through the research.
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