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Leading Strategic Projects Successfully – Live Online

Dr Kishore Sengupta leading a programme.


Organisations rely on their managers to lead and execute strategic projects in order to realise their broader objectives.

Initiatives such as mergers, acquisitions, product launches and strategic realignments all demand skills in navigating complexity, understanding risk and managing stakeholders.

If managers lack these capabilities, organisations will struggle to take advantage of new opportunities, drive change or create value.

An effective project needs more than good planning and scheduling; it needs to be managed efficiently too, avoiding pitfalls and delivering the right outcome.

In any project, you must address:

  • Complex issues and diverse, conflicting requirements
  • Unforeseen developments and a high degree of uncertainty
  • The importance of building relationships within teams and with stakeholders, where you provide leadership and facilitate knowledge transfer
  • The different management approaches required for different projects and their goals.

We adopt a managerial – rather than technical – perspective, focusing on issues that concern those who lead projects. We also consider the impact on those who may have oversight and those who will be required to implement new initiatives.

The new ‘Live Online’ format of this programme provides an opportunity to network with participants from all over the world, from different industries and sectors, giving you unique perspectives on leading strategic projects. 

Our Live Online programmes offer the same quality and academic rigour associated with all Cambridge education:

  • Delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School’s world-class faculty – Cambridge Judge is a strong research-oriented business school with 19 research centres. All programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director who is a member of Cambridge Judge faculty.
  • Drawing upon the strengths and resources of the wider University of Cambridge and the Cambridge ecosystem, including accessing global alumni and specialists as guest speakers
  • Small class sizes (maximum 30) and high levels of interaction with world-class faculty.
  • Emphasis on quality outcomes – we seek to monitor our delivery against the individual needs of participants. It is no accident that a little over half of our open programme participants come back to Cambridge Judge at least once, often multiple times.
I loved the course. I really did think it addressed so many elements in such a great interactive way. The case studies were great and allowed you to think through the issues. If anything, I wished there were more of them. It was beyond my expectations, as I was reluctant to join online, and can now honestly say that I have no concerns going forward to do online studies. I also felt that all of faculty and professors (Kishore Sengupta, Christoph Loch, Stelios Kavadias) really made us feel inclusive, we weren't just someone on the video, but in particular Kishore, really made me feel as if I was in his class as an individual.
Sylvia Coburg, Senior Manager Global Trade Controls, Boeing


This highly interactive programme comprises simulations, exercises, role-playing games, cases, discussions and lectures. With simulations, exercises, role-playing games, cases, discussions and lectures, all sessions are highly interactive. You will leave the programme with a clear understanding of concepts and practical tools which you can directly apply to your own projects.

  • Planning and control
  • Managing uncertainty
  • Relationship management
  • Aligning your project with strategy.
This Live Online Programme delivered by CJBS is excellent; it has been carefully crafted to maximise participation, collaboration and interaction despite its remote format. Kishore Sengupta (Academic Programme Director) and his supporting professors, Christoph Loch and Stelios Kavadias, delivered a highly engaging, informative and most importantly for me, challenging course while maintaining a very friendly, inclusive environment. I benefited greatly from not just the programme content and material but the insightful and thought-provoking way in which it was masterfully delivered.
Simon Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Paragraf


  • Improve your project-based skills, to deliver your projects to objectives, on time and on budget
  • Learn the fundamentals of better planning and control
  • Learn to handle complexity and uncertainty to cope with difficult external environments
  • Understand and manage project teams and stakeholders relationships
  • Understand strategy cascading.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School’s global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

This programme is suitable for executives involved in different project roles (leaders, sponsors or implementers) involved in:

  • Managing complex projects
  • New product or service development and planning marketing campaigns
  • Driving change management initiatives, mergers/ acquisitions or organisational restructuring 
  • Implementing breakthrough projects, creating new business models, setting up new businesses/ subsidiaries

Participants are not required to have had specialised project management training, but will usually be responsible for implementing strategic projects. Executives with little or no project management experience are also welcome to attend if they are seeking to acquire a framework for project leadership and management.

Those who primarily seek hands-on training on specific technical aspects such as PERT/GERT charts or work breakdown structures are recommended to look for other programmes.

Faculty & speakers

Stylianos (Stelios) Kavadias

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth


Christoph H Loch

Professor of Management Studies

PhD (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

Kishore Sengupta

Professor of Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

All the faculty are internationally recognised researchers and practitioners on the topic of managing projects. They have deep experience in teaching similar programmes for executives at the University of Cambridge and in other leading business schools.

Dates & fees



Fees *

14-16 and 21-23 February 2022

6 half-day sessions (mornings, UK time)

£2,475 + VAT

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 25 August 2021)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 25 August 2021)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

Please ensure that you have read our Frequently Asked Questions, which provide important additional information about our face-to-face and Live Online programmes, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Elizabeth McDonald

Corporate Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765496
Mob: +44 (0)7548 708065

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Managing Organisations


6 half-day sessions
(mornings, UK time)


14-16 and 21-23 February 2022


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