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Leading Strategic Projects: Emerging Insights

Projects play an important part in activities of organisations. Companies are always doing something outside their usual processes, for example, restructuring, rebranding or developing new products and services. Projects are important vehicles for accomplishing them, by setting goals, creating plans and managing resources to execute the plans.

However successfully executing and delivering projects involves more than just goal-setting and good planning. It's about the bigger questions facing managers, such as how to manage teams and stakeholders, complexity and uncertainty. One common mistake is that managers are good at tracking activities, but don't focus enough on changing their approach to fit the nature of the project or the alignment of projects with overall strategy.

In this one-day event, we will focus on continued learning, on the subject of strategic projects, to complement what we already know. It will be a great opportunity to hear best practices, challenges, insights and solutions from what others are doing. The event will include contributions from CJBS's academic faculty as well as senior project managers, consultants and leaders in organisations.

The day will take the form of TED-style short talks, panel discussion and debate, workshops and finally a keynote speaker with networking.

Benefits and takeaways

  • Gain insight into the latest thinking regarding leading projects
  • Specific TED-style talks will use real-world examples to highlight how project management is changing
  • Learn the latest insights from Cambridge Judge Business School members of faculty and how they are being applied in the field by alumni
  • Meet members new members of faculty with different perspectives
  • Interact with your peers and faculty during interactive workshops that will address real problems and give participants tangible tools to take back to their organisations

Agenda

09:30

Registration

Tea, coffee, breakfast and networking

10:00

Welcome and Insights

Dr Kishore Sengupta, Reader in Operations Management and Director of Executive Education

Dr Sengupta will introduce the day and give a brief insight into the challenges facing project management professionals moving forward.

10:10

TED-style talk: "Collaborations & Incentives in Pharmaceutical Projects"

Dr Nektarios (Aris) Oraiopoulos, University Lecturer in Operations Management, Cambridge Judge Business School

10:30

TED-style talk: "Project or Product?"

David Andrade, Head of Technology at Sky Betting and Gaming

10:50

TED-style talk: "Frugal Innovation: How to Do More (and Better) with Less"

Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Cambridge Judge Business School

11:10

TED-style talk: "Replacing Lost and Broken Limbs with Wings: The World’s Coldest Flight, Prince Harry and the ‘Impossible’ Flying School"

John Laity, Co-founder of Flying for Freedom

11:30

Coffee

12:00

Panel discussion: "Implementation of Transformational Projects"

Not all projects are straightforward. In this session we will learn from four contributors about their transformational project experiences, insights and have time for questions and debate.

Facilitated by Professor Stelios Kavadias, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth, Cambridge Judge Business School

Panel:
  • Godfrey Ogle, Project Manager, London City Airport
  • Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Estelle Levin-Nally, Director, Levin Sources

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Facilitated workshops

  1. "Crisis Management" - Dr Kishore Sengupta, Reader in Operations Management, Director of Executive Education, Cambridge Judge Business School
  2. "Innovative Projects" - Professor Stelios Kavadias, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth, Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

15:30

Keynotes

  1. "A View from the Field and Why Major Projects Fail " - Abdi Ali, Barclays Treasury, Capital and Market Risk
  2. "Projects - The State of the Art" - Professor Christoph Loch, Director, Cambridge Judge Business School

17:00

Close, networking and drinks

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TED-style talk: "Collaborations & Incentives in Pharmaceutical Projects"

Dr Nektarios (Aris) Oraiopoulos, University Lecturer in Operations Management, Cambridge Judge Business School

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TED-style talk: "Project or Product?"

David Andrade, Head of Technology at Sky Betting and Gaming

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Contact us

This event is by invitation only. To find out more, please contact:

Claire Wright
Business Development Manager

c.wright@jbs.cam.ac.uk 

Tel: +44 (0)1223 330741

Venue information

Simon Sainsbury Centre
Cambridge Judge Business School
Trumpington Street
Cambridge
CB2 1AG

Event timings

Date 6 February 2018
Start time 09:30
End time 17:00