An Introduction to Project Management and Organizational Development

Stanford Continuing Studies

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Stanford Continuing Studies

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About the course

A recent study revealed that organizations experience project failure rates of 70 percent, when success is defined by producing planned deliverables within budget and on time. To combat this trend, industries are placing a stronger emphasis on project management practices, thereby increasing demand for people with that skill set. Successful project managers must also be adept at managing change, which requires a fundamental understanding of organizational development. This course is designed for students who wish to increase their leadership and effectiveness relating to project management, conflict resolution, and improving individual and team productivity. The course will look at major programs that use organizational development and project management together, such as Mayo Clinic and NASA, and cover case studies, common mistakes, and lessons learned from a diverse range of industries. We will begin with a foundational exploration of core disciplines (e.g., risk analysis, stakeholder management, and lean project planning) followed by a deeper dive into how these topics can be applied to specific industries and situations. Other key components of the course will include examples of quality metrics, with a focus on what to measure and why, along with the use of organizational development and communication to enhance your ability to respond to unknown events. Students will leave the course with applicable project and change management strategies that can be applied to a variety of industries.

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Eric Pool

Eric T. Pool, Ed.D., PMP®, ITIL is Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science and fellow of the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy. He is also an Instructor at Harvard University and UC Berkeley. He has served on the board of directors for the ...

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