Leading Complex Projects

Haas School of Business

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  • 2 months
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Haas School of Business


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Who should attend

This program was designed to help mid- to senior-level professionals across industries drive their projects to success. It is ideal for:

  • C-suite executives and senior managers tasked with leading organization-wide projects
  • Project managers and program managers looking to take on more complex projects
  • Mid- to senior-level managers in technology involved in complex product development
  • Entrepreneurs and consultants looking to improve the success of their projects
  • Other professionals interested in pairing their practical experience with proven frameworks and tools for project management and leadership

About the course

Completing projects on time, on budget and on specification is critical to business success. Whereas projects are our means to execute strategies and react to changes in the competitive landscape, the capability to carry out project management effectively is no longer an option.

Success with critical projects hinges on developing an understanding of the types of complexities you’re likely to encounter within the projects, from their structure and scope to the changing nature of the project, to the power and political dynamics within the project team and in wider stakeholder communities.

The Leading Complex Projects program was created to help you strengthen your understanding of these complexities and learn to lead through them to drive successful outcomes.

  • Apply tools, frameworks and strategies to manage traditional and complex projects
  • Evaluate and monitor performance in complex projects to achieve business objectives
  • Implement strategic project planning and risk management methodologies to navigate uncertainty and change
  • Leverage adaptive leadership in complex projects to drive innovation
  • Build cohesive teams to improve performance and decision making in complex projects

Program Topics

  • Module 1 | From Traditional to Complex Projects: Understanding Complexities

Learn what makes projects complex, how chaos and complexity affect projects, and apply complexity theory to project management.

  • Module 2 | Strategic Project Management and Complexity Mapping

Explore the three types of project complexity—structural, emergent and sociopolitical complexities—and use checklist models and weighted scoring models to select and prioritize projects.

  • Module 3 | Structural Complexities: Responding to the Challenges of Scale and Pace

Learn the five steps to defining a project and how to lead both planned and unplanned urgent projects.

  • Module 4 | Structural Complexities: Time and Resource Allocation

Assign resources and manage scheduling with the Integrated Project Schedule, and manage large, complex projects with tools including The Convergence Plan, The Program Tool, and The Program Directorate.

  • Module 5 |Emergent Complexities: Planning, Monitoring and Controlling Projects

Explore project management methodologies (traditional, iterative and adaptive), performance evaluation methods, and learn to use complexity to deal with troubled projects.

  • Module 6 |Emergent Complexities: Risk Management

Understand the importance and benefits of risk management, explore qualitative and quantitative risk assessment, and learn to deal with complex projects with a large number of dependencies and external factors.

  • Module 7| Sociopolitical Complexities: Navigating Power, Politics and People.

Explore stakeholder management and change management; learn to create high performing teams and build successful virtual teams; and navigate change and uncertainty.

  • Module 8| Leading Complex Projects

Understand the ASE leadership framework for leading complex projects—Adaptive Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Entrepreneurial Intelligence—and learn how to govern and leverage complexity.


Homa Bahrami

Education PhD, Organizational Behavior, Aston University MSc, Industrial Administration, Aston University BA with Honors, Sociology & Social Administration, Hull University Positions Held At Haas since 1986 2009 – present, Advisory Board, Center for Teaching Excellence, Haas Scho...

Omar Romero Hernandez

Education Ph.D. Process Economics and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College.  London, UK Diploma on Policy Economics and Government, Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública. México Executive Leadership Program, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley B Sc, Chemic...

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