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MANG6311 Project Management - People and Organisations

Module Overview

The specific nature of projects as temporary and unique activities has implications on managing project teams and the human aspects of project-based organisations. The module introduces different aspects and approaches to managing and leading projects and project-based organisations and resolving the potential challenges. The specific issues and challenges of managing large international projects and programmes will inevitably be part of the discussions.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • traditional and contemporary approaches to the management of organisational aspects of projects.
  • the temporary nature, specific dynamics and potential diversities of project environments, characterised as: multinational, multidisciplinary, multi objective and multi stakeholder.
  • the roles of project leader and manager and their required competencies.
  • the value of effective teamwork, participative approach and stakeholders’ management in projects.
  • the impacts of organisational dynamics on project success or failure.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse projects’ contexts, challenges and dynamics considering the pluralistic nature of projects and project organisations - regardless of their industry.
  • Analyse the effect of projects’ organisation structures, management and leadership in project success.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply an analytical, reflective and critical approach to problem analysis and resolution.
  • Work effectively in project teams as a team member, manager or leader.
  • Report and present ideas in writing or orally.


• Different project organisation structures • Governance of project management • Roles and responsibilities in project organisations • Leadership and management of projects • Effective teamwork • Identification of project stakeholders and management of stakeholders • Effective communication • Negotiation and conflict resolution • Organisational challenges of international projects and programmes • Strategic project management and project success

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The key knowledge and theoretical components will be delivered via lectures and supplemented with directed self-study, class discussions, case studies, team work and short presentations. Practical aspects of the theories will be explored further by inviting guest lectures from industry where possible.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Pinto, J.K. (2013). Project Management - Achieving Competitive Advantage. 

Gardiner, P. (2005). Project Management: A Strategic Planning Approach.. 

Turner, R. (ed.) (2009). The handbook of project-based management: leading strategic change in organizations. 

PMI (2013). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK guide). 

Turner, R., Huemann, M., Anbari, F. & Bredillet, C. (2010). Perspectives on Projects. 

Maylor, H (2010). Project Management. 

Frame, J.D. (2002). The New Project Management – Tools for an Age of Rapid Change, Complexity and other Business Realities. 

APM (2012). APM Body of Knowledge.. 

Turner, R. (ed.) (2014). Gower handbook of project management. 

Shenhar, A.J. & Dvir, D. (2007). Reinventing project management – The diamond approach to successful growth and innovation.. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  (15 minutes) 20%
Report  (3000 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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