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Steering Complex Projects

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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.

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The programme includes video lectures, discussions, live online teaching sessions and assignments. We expect participants to dedicate four to six hours per week over the eight weeks of the programme.

  • 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


An opportunity to learn online from the faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education and gain an international experience and perspective from your global peer group.

After completing this programme, you will be able to:

  • 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.
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

  • 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 telecom.

Faculty & speakers

Christoph H Loch

Professor of Management Studies

PhD (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

Kishore Sengupta

Professor of Operations Management

MBA, PhD (Case Western University)

Dates & fees



Fees *

8 February 2022

8 weeks


Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

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]

Version 1 (16 September 2020)


Managing Organisations


8 weeks


8 February 2022

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