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Chapter 1. The World of Project Manageme... > PROJECT MANAGEMENT VS. GENERAL MANAG...

1.2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT VS. GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Project management differs from general management largely because projects differ from what we have referred to as "nonprojects." The naturally high level of conflict present in projects means that the project manager (PM) must have special skills in conflict resolution. The fact that projects are unique means that the PM must be creative and flexible, and have the ability to adjust rapidly to changes. When managing nonprojects, the general manager tries to "manage by exception." In other words, for nonprojects almost everything is routine and is handled routinely by subordinates. The manager deals only with the exceptions. For the PM, almost everything is an exception.

1.2.1. Major Differences

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