Business and project managers will now have the opportunity to experience international exposure with particular regard to the business side and input of capital projects.
This has been made possible by the Centre for the Business Management of Projects at USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public management development and training company affiliated to the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), that will be presenting the new International Programme for Business Management of Projects.
The programme is scheduled to start in September this year with the first study school to commence in South Africa from 15 to 17 September at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in Stellenbosch.
The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at the University College of London will present the second study school from 18 to 20 September; followed by a third study school by the International Institute for Portfolio Management at Cranfield University School in Bedfordshire from 22 to 24 September; and a fourth study school by the Independent Project Analysis Inc. in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 25 to 27 September. Visits to companies will also form part of the programme.
According to the Centre’s director, Willem Louw, participants will receive exposure to executive business thinking via local and international practitioners and peers in the fields of business management, demand management and project management.
An important differentiator from other programmes is the follow-up coaching by USB-ED, which participants will undergo for three and six months after the initial two-week programme period.
“The coaching sessions will ensure that the goals set at the end of the programme by each participant are indeed institutionalised in their respective organisations. The programme itself will allow the attendees to experience cutting-edge thinking as far as managing the interface between business and project teams during the development phase of capital projects is concerned,” says Louw.
The programme is aimed at senior executives and senior project managers in either public, state-owned enterprises or private sector organisations that are responsible for the performance and outcome of capital projects.
Louw said the programme will be of value especially to those who want to develop their ability further to understand and manage business input into the front-end of capital projects.
Paying particular and specific attention to the interface between business and project management during the planning phase of a high-risk capital project is essential to achieving success. Sufficient evidence exists that project owners often do not adequately support the objectives to be achieved by the project team responsible for the implementation of the project.
The core focus of the programme is therefore on what is termed front-end loading (FEL) or front-end planning (FEP) and the importance of pre-planning prior to the start of the actual execution of capital projects.
For more information about this programme, please contact: Willem Louw
Director: Centre for the Business Management of Projects
Tel: 011 460 6990
Mobile: 082 440 5547