Business and management studies

Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems

Module code: 890N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

During this module you will address three central issues:

Organisational capabilities: how organisational forms and capabilities in project management, systems integration and software engineering are essential in the design and production of CoPS. Special emphasis is given to project management capabilities.

Models of innovation: how industrial structures, product life cycles and innovation management in CoPS differ from the conventional model of innovation often based on the mass production of consumer goods.

Firm strategy: how firms are changing their strategic positions, building new service capabilities and creating customer-centric organisations to provide bundles of products and services as integrated solutions to their customer's needs.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the traditional approach to project management, comparing with the approach to projects for CoPS (Complex Products and Systems) production.
  • Differentiate how organisational capabilities for CoPS production may differ from those for the production of mass market products and services.
  • Apply tools and techniques for managing different types of projects: 'simpler', complex and to the supply and use of CoPS.