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A Complexity Science Based Approach to Programme Risk Management

Smith, N.J., Bower, D.A. and Aritua, B. (2008) A Complexity Science Based Approach to Programme Risk Management. In: 22nd IPMA World Congress, 9-11 November 2008, Rome.

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Programme management has rapidly gained acceptance as a vehicle for achieving organisational strategic objectives and as a means of aligning projects with the overall strategy of the organisation. Managing programme risk poses challenges which are different from those in project management. Attempts to modify and apply project risk management techniques to programme risk management have experienced difficulties. The implications of the challenges of programme risk management extend beyond the tools and techniques. Recent research shows that that programme management is neither an extension, nor a scaled up version of project management. Philosophically, a paradigm shift from the predominantly mechanistic and reductionist mindset to a more appropriate paradigm based on complexity science and the theory of complex adaptive systems is required. This leads to the conclusion that the classic event based view of risk is inappropriate in modelling and analysing programme risk which need to be treated as holistic and dynamic.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: To appear in the Congress Proceedings.
Keywords: Complexity, Projects, Programmes, Risk
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Caroline Wilson
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2009 14:37
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:06
Status: Published
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8530

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