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1st Edition

Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management

ISBN 9780367185916
Published November 19, 2019 by Auerbach Publications
570 Pages

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Book Description

This book enhances learning about complex project management principles and practices through the 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






Chapter 1 Introduction to the Evolving Toolbox

Alex Gorod and Leonie Hallo

Chapter 2 Case Studies Toolset

Brian E. White

Chapter 3 Scheduling Toolset

Seyed Ashkan Zarghami and Alex Gorod

Chapter 4 Cost Estimation Toolset

Ricardo Valerdi

Chapter 5 Human Factors Toolset

Alicia Aitken

Chapter 6 Leadership Toolset

Thomas Grisham

Chapter 7 Systemic Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Toolset

Barbara Rapaport, Kaye Remington, and Alon Ben-Meir

Chapter 8 Organization and Systems Theory Toolset

Joana Geraldi, Josef Oehmen, Christian Thuesen, and Pedro Parraguez Ruiz

Chapter 9 Enterprise Governance Toolset

Charles B. Keating and Polinpapilinho F. Katina

Chapter 10 Critical Success Factors and Climate Toolset

Azadeh Rezvani and Neal M. Ashkanasy

Chapter 11 Pattern Identification and Management Toolset

Robert Cloutier

Chapter 12 Policy Management Toolset

George L. De Feis and Dolores A. Atallo

Chapter 13 Legal Aspects Toolset

George F. Jergeas

Chapter 14 Intellectual Property Toolset

Alexey Bakman

Chapter 15 Systems Thinking Toolset

Michael Emes and David Cole

Chapter 16 Test and Evaluation Toolset

Keith Joiner, Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik, and Malcolm Tutty

Chapter 17 Advanced Visualization Toolset

Thomas A. McDermott

Chapter 18 Social Network Analysis Toolset

Kon Shing Kenneth Chung

Chapter 19 Modeling and Simulation Toolset

Sergey Suslov and Dmitry Katalevsky

Chapter 20 Adaptability, Agility, and Resilience Toolset

Nil H. Kilicay-Ergin

Chapter 21 Cyber-Systemic Toolset

Fredmund Malik and Nam Nguyen

Chapter 22 Systemic Risk Toolset: Another Dimension

Fran Ackermann

Chapter 23 Systemic Innovation Toolset

Gerrit Muller, Kristin Falk, and Marianne Kjørstad


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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. He 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 the Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering Research and Robert Crooks Stanley Fellowship in Engineering Management. His primary research focus is on management of complex adaptive systems. He is author or co-author of multiple publications, including scientific articles, book chapters, and patents. In addition, he has 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. He holds a PhD in Engineering Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and actively participates in several professional organizations including INCOSE, IEEE, ASEE, SDS and ERS. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ). He is also the founder and managing member at SystemicNet, LLC and a partner at Mountava, LLC.

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 specializing in coping with cancer. She has also been a consultant to public and private organizations across fields including leadership training and development, assessments of organizational climate and reporting/recommendations, support in redundancy, career guidance, 360-degree feedback and executive development. She has supervised almost 30 doctoral students in Australia and throughout Asia in areas relating to organizational 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 a Professor and Foreign Expert in the Faculty of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University (2018·2019). Vernon was formerly an Emeritus Professor in Complex Systems, The University of Adelaide (2016); the Director of Project Management and the Director of the Master of Applied Project Management, The University of Adelaide (2003·2015); and the CEO of The Australian Graduate School of Engineering Education (1996·2002). He was the Corporate Development Director, Fletcher Challenge Construction (1991·1996), and the Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of

Technology, Sydney (1987·1991). He practised as an engineer for 10 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 the 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 his contributions to vocational education (2006) and Engineers Australia Medal (2006). He has been the President of the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia (2005) and has published many papers and book chapters.

Indra Gunawan is an Associate Professor in Complex Project Management, and the Director of Postgraduate Project Management Programme 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, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, he was the Postgraduate Programme Coordinator for Maintenance and Reliability Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne, 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 programme at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (in collaboration with the MIT, USA). His current research interests include system reliability modelling, maintenance optimization, 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.