Decision and Dilemmas

Project management is driven by decisions, often dozens or more per day. Some decisions are small and barely noticed while others are prominent. Some require deep thought because they involve people, resources and the environment. And sometimes these factors are in conflict, creating a dilemma and perhaps significant risks.

While project managers normally know what to do, how to do it can become a puzzle — especially when stakeholder interests conflict. Like all leaders, project managers build trust by the way they make decisions. Here again, the “how to do it” can be puzzling yet is instrumentally important.

Ethics is the discipline of “how to do it best.”  To guide behavior and help with tough decisions, we’ve crafted a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and an Ethical Decision-Making Framework. To deepen your knowledge and perspective, we provide numerous articles, papers and webinars.

When unethical behaviors arise, take action. Use our ethics complaint and review process and see the specialized resources available.

Ethics at PMI

All PMI members, volunteers and certification holders must comply with the Code and uphold its values of responsibility, respect, fairness and honesty.

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Articles, papers and webinars will expand your understanding of ethics, including its relationship to leadership and trust.

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Ethics complaints are taken seriously and are investigated and resolved by the PMI Ethics Review Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors. We provide information and supply resources so you can take action.

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Please contact the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group with questions, concerns or useful ideas. Email to