It is vital executives in project management roles think about the legacy of their work, it has been claimed.
Writing on apm.co.uk, librarian Corinne Leavy highlighted how important reputation is for people working in small or closed communities, so even if a permanent or interim project manager gets good short-term results, the long-term impact will also be associated with them.
She noted that this means any "good credence" will disappear if word gets around that it has turned out badly. The expert added: "As part of ensuring a good reputation a project manager must have good people skills and good planning skills but must also ensure that a project is fully functional for long after the dust has settled on a project."
Ms Leavy made her comments in relation to the way the London 2012 Olympic Games is aiming to leave a sporting legacy in the UK. In her opinion, the legacy has been successful in Northern Ireland because of the small size of the community and Belfast's connections with local communities.
Guardian.co.uk reporter Owen Gibson noted that the focus of the Games now shifts away from the athletes competing against each other, to the impact the event has had on British society.
He pointed that there were several broad goals for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including changing the way disabled people are perceived, regenerating east London and inspiring people to live healthier lives.