Managing and Modelling Complex Projects

Managing and Modelling Complex Projects

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Projects are becoming more complex and traditional project management is proving inadequate. The key papers in this volume, which takes a look at a variety of new approaches, have been written by 13 leading figures and are discussed by 54 invited academics, consultants, contractors and clients from 15 countries.
The papers cover modelling techniques (extensions to PERT methods, risk analysis, and system dynamics), particular domains (new technology, software development and infrastructure projects, specifically human factors), corporate structures (from both Western and Eastern European perspectives), management techniques (Western and Eastern), and the management of portfolios of projects.
The book adopts a wide view, rather than advocating one technique: the mix of authors provides a rich, heterogeneous perspective. Mathematical modelling is balanced with human management, and over-complex of simplistic techniques are avoided. Readers are assumed already to have a sound knowledge of project management.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 16mm | 566.99g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • 24 Illustrations, black and white; 268 p. 24 illus.
  • 0792348443
  • 9780792348443

Table of contents

Preface. 1: Introduction. 2: The Need for the Workshop. Welcome to Ukraine; R.V. Shpeck. The Need for New Paradigms for Complex Projects; T.M. Williams. 3: Modelling Techniques. Project Planning and Control by Stochastic Network Models; D. Golenko-Ginzburg, A. Gonik. On the Expected Completion Time of Diffusion Activity Networks (DiAN); S. Elmaghraby. Time Risk: What it Drives and How it is Driven; C. Chapman, S. Ward. System Dynamics Methods in Complex Project Management; K.G. Cooper. 4: Domain Specific Examples. The Mushroom Project Model: A Note; P. Dunton. Managing Complex Projects in Ukraine; L.I. Romanenko. Managing Complex Software Projects - Experiences with Real-Time Mission-Critical Systems; T.P. Conrad. Human Factors in Planning and Managing Complex Infrastructure Projects - A Singapore Experience; K.T. Yeo. 5: Corporate Structures. Joint Project Management Companies; K. Pannenbacker. Project Management Globalization and Unification for Transition and Developing Economies; V.I. Voropajev. 6: Management Techniques. Alternative Teams in Strategic Management; D.I. Cleland. Managing Complex Projects by Active Hierarchical Systems; V.I. Voropajev, S.M. Ljubkin. 7: Programme Management. Management of Medium-Size Projects Portfolio; S.D. Bushuyev. 8: Conclusions and Further Research.
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`... this is a very varied collection of papers in many senses ... could provide a very valuable reference source for both managers and academics concerned with project management. It will be a useful addition to an academic library.'
Journal of the Operational Research Society, 49:10
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