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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The Impact of Complexity on the Business Environment
    • Leading Projects through Complexity
    • Complexity and Project Management Tools
    • Portfolio Management
    • Program Management
    • Global Project Management Part 1
    • Global Project Management Part 2
    • Complexity and Human Resource Management
    • Complexity and Project Governance
    • Complexity and Procurement
    • Complexity, Uncertainty and Risk

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of advanced knowledge, theory and practice in the leadership and management of complex project environments
  2. Critically evaluate and develop approaches for managing projects in international and global contexts
  3. Analyse business scenarios and implement the most appropriate project, program and portfolio solutions
  4. Critically evaluate and develop innovative responses to the management of virtual projects and virtual project teams
  5. Establish and communicate knowledge of meaningful measures and standards for the evaluation of successful complex project
  6. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Assignment 1 - Group (30-40%) (0%)
  • Assignment 2 - Individual (20-30%) (0%)
  • Assignment 3 - Individual (30-40%) (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-INF80002
  • SWI-HIT8431

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Most projects are complicated, some are defined as complex, often they span international boundaries, commonly have a virtual team component. They usually run in a politically charged environment, where factions compete for power and resources. They are often driving organisational change. Moreover, there are usually multiple projects running simultaneously. This subject enables students to learn how to lead and manage effectively in this very difficult environment. It examines approaches to managing large collaborative projects including global and international initiatives, portfolio management and program management. Students will develop an understanding of leadership roles in in complex environments and demonstrate the ability to implement portfolio management frameworks and evaluate the realisation of project benefits. On completion of this subject students should be able to apply systems thinking in the development of creative approaches to project management including the application of collaborative communication tools to support complex project environment.

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