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Steering Complex Projects

8 weeks (Online)

USD2,000 (Online)

22 Jun-24 Aug 2023 (Online)
20 Sep-15 Nov 2023 (Online)

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Enabling leaders to accomplish projects

Today’s companies understand that successful project management is crucial for business growth and organisational change. And while many are actively looking for ways to expand their project management capabilities in order to take on more complex and novel projects, few have been able to successfully connect the dots between their strategic goals and their project goals.

This programme presents concepts essential for developing these broader project capabilities, enabling leaders to fill in the context gaps within their projects and to envision what shape the implementation might take within their organisations.

While other programmes focus on the technical aspects of project management, Steering Complex Projects explores three different project types: execution, novel and change. Each type of project must be managed differently, taking into account the politics and negotiation of strategy within projects.

As a participant, you will also learn how to build the personnel and incentive structure necessary to identify the right project for your strategy and implement it.

This programme is being delivered in collaboration with Emeritus.

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Your learning journey

Module 1: Projects as strategic change

Module 2: Execution projects

Module 3: Novel projects

Module 4: Change projects

Module 5: Managing people & teams

Module 6: Governance

Module 7: Partners

Module 8: Learning & integration

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.


  • Translate high-level strategic goals into project goals
  • Identify the key characteristics of different types of projects, and articulate the appropriate management and personnel systems for each
  • Anticipate project uncertainties and take mitigating or responsive actions
  • Build a framework for managing governance structures with accountability measures
  • Develop effective practices in relationship management and exercising influence
  • Apply established methods of knowledge exchange and learning tools in a way that is appropriate to the challenges of a project
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
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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.

Too often we see projects in isolation. We view projects without context and fail to adequately bring our experience to the process.
Kishore Sengupta, Professor of Operations Management

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

Access profiles of the programme’s faculty:

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.

Programme format

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Our fully online programmes run over the course of multiple weeks, allowing you the greatest level of flexibility as to where and when you study. The learning is carefully structured in weekly components through a mix of curated videos, live webinars with Cambridge faculty plus Q&A sessions with Live Chat, assignments and discussions. Individual support is available through course Leaders and a dedicated Programme Support Team.

Our online programmes are delivered in collaboration with either Eruditus Executive Education or the Emeritus Institute of Management.

Who should attend?

  • C-suite and senior-level executives seeking an overview of project management as well as insights on choosing the most appropriate project approach based on their strategic objective
  • Highly experienced, PMP-certified project managers looking to go deeper than traditional PMP courses and develop their leadership skills in project management
  • Consultants who need the skill to articulate the case for projects and influence multiple stakeholders
  • The programme’s lessons are applicable across most major industries, including banking and finance, consulting, government, infrastructure, professional services, real estate, technology and telecoms.

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Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 20 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

Related programmes

Steering Complex Projects belongs to our Managing Organisations-topic executive education programmes. Here is a selection of related programmes:

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22-24 Apr 2024

Provides the tools and practical techniques required to improve the quality of your decision-making at every level of leadership.

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Integrating Risk into Strategic Decision-Making

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USD2,000 (Online)

Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Contact us

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 Open Programmes team:

[email protected]

Additional information

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

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

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

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