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Research Proposal Presentation

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Supporting Project Managers in building sustainable relationships for project success.

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In the current project environment...


Many team members
will only be part of the team as long as their specialist skills are required come from different organisational backgrounds and cultures may be geographically dispersed

A small core team will be responsible for project delivery Organisations change constantly - a projects stakeholder set will change:
Senior Managers change roles or change companies The ability of stakeholders to influence the project may increase or decrease

The Project Manager is still accountable for successful delivery of the project; there are good reasons for project responsibilities to be shared:
Sharing workload and coaching of less experienced members Knowledge Management

This project will investigate the effectiveness of a tool - the Stakeholder Circle to provide support for the PM and project team in managing the projects stakeholders.
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Topic description
Background Statement of problem Objectives Research question Research Method
approach sampling strategy timeframe

Scope and location of research


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Background
Managing relationships for project success is acknowledged as being as important as the hard skills of managing schedules and budgets The Project Managers accountabilities include relationship management (Stakeholder Management) A projects stakeholder set does not remain static throughout the project and needs to be identified, tracked and managed appropriately throughout the project lifecycle In large organisations today, many projects have team members from many different organisations. Teams consist of staff, contractors, and staff of other organisations As specialists move in and out of projects, there is a small core team that manages throughout the lifecycle. This core team should share responsibility for Stakeholder Management: workload management, coaching, knowledge management, personality matching To facilitate this sharing it is essential to have a solid process and the support of a tool.
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The Problem
How can a project manager ensure all stakeholders are identified and assessed for importance to the project How can the PM fulfil responsibilities in:
inspired leadership relationship (stakeholder) management knowledge management HR management

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Objectives
Main objective:
To identify ways to improve the building and maintaining of sustainable project relationships for project success.

Sub-objectives:
1. To determine the effectiveness of a visualisation tool for stakeholder management.

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Research questions
1. How effective is the use of a visualisation tool for project stakeholder management?

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Research Methods - approach


Deductive Approach
testing theory through observation and data

Exploratory Study
Purposive, self-selection sampling

Longitudinal projects must be around 6 months in length In-depth interviews at beginning and end with PM
Group interviews with key team members

Self-completion diaries
to track issues and changes in stakeholder relationships with project
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Research Methods - sampling strategy


Through Project Management professional bodies, personal and business I will attempt to identify target companies and project to participate in the research.These project must have the following characteristics:
A six-month lifecycle timeframe Specialisation specialist are only part of the team for the input of their specialist advice Have a core team of 3 5 members.

Select five (5) projects representing a selection of industries and project types from the following sectors:
Service Organisations using complex infrastructure including IT solutions as the main mechanism for delivery of that service (banks, telcos) Government (bureaucracy) Large traditional engineering (eg Ships, Bridges)

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Research Methods - Timeframe


Day 1 Day 344

Research Project
Develop Research Proposal and obtain approval Develop and test questions Develop and test tool Obtain participants Administer instrument(s) Ongoing data collection and analysis

Final collection of data


Research Report
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Issues
Ethical issues
Privacy Intellectual Property Confidentiality

Other issues
Continuous participation

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