New Cranfield course challenges conventional approach to project leadership

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New Cranfield course challenges conventional approach to project leadership

29 September 2010

Increasingly conventional approaches to project and programme management are failing to successfully address complexity, uncertainty and rapidly changing environments.  That is the conclusion of experts at Cranfield School of Management, home to the International Centre for Programme Management (ICPM) which boasts Europe’s largest specialist faculty in the field of programme and project management.

A new two-day course from Cranfield ‘Leading Successful Projects and Programmes in Fast Changing Environments’ aims to combat this issue by combining the very latest thinking about the behaviours that underpin effectiveness in global project and programme management, especially those in complex environments, with real life examples.

"Up to 68% of projects fail as a result of being either over budget, not delivered on time or not meeting the original specification," said Stephen Carver, Lecturer in Project Management at Cranfield. “As we operate in ever faster changing environments, conventional methods of project management and programme leadership are proving not to be sufficiently responsive and agile”.

Cranfield is undertaking cutting edge research into project and programme management that will underpin the programme which will be delivered by some of the leading experts in the field to help delegates grapple with the key issues involved and arm them with the latest tools and techniques to help improve their performance in managing and leading complex projects and programmes.

The course is designed to engage with senior executives involved in managing projects and programmes of high structural and dynamic complexity.

As part of the programme, delegates will have the opportunity to undertake a real flight simulation exercise highlighting the roles and respective responsibilities of the Project and Programme Manager.


Notes to Editors

Leading Successful Projects and Programmes in Fast Changing Environments is a two-day residential course.  It costs £1,955 + VAT and will run on the following dates:  2-3 November 2010, 14-15 June 2011 and 23-24 November 2011.

For more information about the course or to book a place, please contact Jackie Hall on tel. +44(0)1234 754505 e: or visit

Cranfield has been at the forefront of executive education for over 40 years and is consistently ranked as one of the top providers in the UK and the World.

Cranfield School of Management is one of Europe’s leading university management schools renowned for its strong links with industry and business.  It is committed to providing practical management solutions through a range of activities including postgraduate degree programmes, management development, research and consultancy.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Media Relations, Cranfield School of Management on: T: +44 (0) 1234 754425 or E: sommedia


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