Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management

1st Edition

Edited by Alex Gorod, Leonie Hallo, Vernon Ireland, Indra Gunawan

Auerbach Publications

320 pages

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Hardback: 9780367185916
pub: 2019-10-09
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This book enhances learning about complex project management principles and practices through introduction and discussion of a portfolio of tools presented as an evolving toolbox. Throughout the book, industry practitioners examine the toolsets that are part of the toolbox to develop a broader understanding of complex project management challenges and the available tools to address them. This approach establishes a dynamic, structured platform for a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the modern, rapidly changing, multifaceted business environment to teach the next generation of project managers to successfully cope with the ever increasing complexity of the 21st century.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

2. Project Management Challenges in 21st Century.

3. Evolving Project Management Toolbox.

4. Toolset 1 - Case Studies.

5 Toolset 2 - Modeling and Simulation. 5. Toolset 3 – Visualization.

6. Toolset 4 - Systemic Risk Management.

7. Toolset 5 - Enterprise Governance.

8. Toolset 6 - Education and Professional Development Portfolio.

9. Toolset 7 - Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering.

10. Toolset 8 - Systemic Negotiation.

11. Toolset 9 - Artificial Intelligence.

12. Toolset 10 - Adaptive Capacity: Agility and Resilience.

13. Toolset 11 - Integrated Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM).

14. Toolset 12 - Collaborative and Collective Leadership/Leading Under Uncertainty.

15. Toolset 13 - Systemic Innovation.

16. Concluding Remarks

About the Editors

Dr. Alex Gorod is a Professor at the University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Zicklin School of Business, City University of New York. Alex is teaching courses in the areas of complex project management, leadership, systems engineering, engineering management, systems thinking, and operations management. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering Research and Robert Crooks Stanley Fellowship in Engineering Management. Alex’s primary research focus is on management of complex adaptive systems. He is an author of multiple publications, including numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and patents. In addition, Alex co-edited a book, titled "Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering." His research appeared in such journals as International Journal of Project Management, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Transportation Research Record, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, and Systems Research and Behavioral Science, among others. Alex holds a PhD in Engineering Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and actively participates in multiple professional organizations, including INCOSE, IEEE, ASEE, SDS, ERS, and others. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship Research Journal. Alex is also the founder and managing member at SystemicNet, LLC, managing partner at Social Media Risk, LLC, and a partner at Mountava, LLC.

Dr Leonie Hallo is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and a Co-director of the Complex Systems Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CSIEL). Leonie holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Adelaide (Gold Star Award). She has been a psychologist in private practice for many years specialising in coping with cancer. She has also been a consultant to public and private organisations across fields including leadership training and development, assessments of organisational climate and reporting/recommendations, support in redundancy, career guidance, 360-degree feedback and executive development. Leonie has supervised almost thirty doctoral programs in Australia and throughout Asia in areas relating to organisational behaviour, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. She is also a key note speaker and reviewer for several international conferences and journals in the complexity leadership and management field. Her current primary research interests are complex project management, cancer treatment and the relationship between leadership and emotion.

Vernon Ireland is currently Professor and Foreign Expert, Faculty of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University (2018-2019). Vernon was formerly Emeritus Professor in Complex Systems: The University of Adelaide (2016), Director of Project Management and Director of the Master of Applied Project Management, The University of Adelaide (2003-2015) and CEO of The Australian Graduate School of Engineering Education (1996-2002). He was Corporate Development Director, Fletcher Challenge Construction (1991-1996) and Dean of Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney (1987-1991).

He practised as an engineer for ten years (1962-1973) and was engaged by the Royal Commission into Productivity in New South Wales, to provide a comparison of 25 projects in Australia with 25 projects in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Sweden and Germany (1992). He was Chairman, Building Services Corporation of NSW (1987-1990): this is the licencing authority for domestic builders and electrical and plumbing contractors.

Vernon has received three medals: Silver Magnolia medal from the Shanghai Government (2000); Rotary International Gold Medal for contributions to vocational education (2006); and Engineers Australia medal (2006).

He has been President of the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia (2005) and has published many papers and book chapters.

Indra Gunawan is Associate Professor in Complex Project Management and Director of Postgraduate Project Management Program in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), Faculty of the Professions, the University of Adelaide, Australia.

He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and MSc in Construction Management from Northeastern University, USA. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, he was the postgraduate program coordinator for Maintenance and Reliability Engineering at Monash University, Australia. Previously he has also taught in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and worked as the Head of Systems Engineering and Management program at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (in collaboration with the MIT, USA).

His current research interests include system reliability modelling, maintenance optimisation, project management, applications of operations research, and operations management. He is actively involved in the Asset Management Council, a technical society of Engineers Australia.

Indra's work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Project Management; International Journal of Production Research; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering; Quality and Reliability Engineering International; International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; and International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.

He also serves as an Editorial Board member for International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; International Journal of Information Technology Project Management; and International Journal of Performability Engineering.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)