Organising and Leading Project Teams

Organising and Leading Project Teams

The success of project-oriented companies relies on delivering successful projects. For this reason, it is important to establish an efficient organisational structure for projects that goes all the way from top management to the project team members, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The next important step is to select the appropriate way of organising the project and the functional organisation interface. This will depend on project complexity, size, location and the structure and capabilities of the functional organisation.

Corporate management nominates a project owner with the responsibility of monitoring, controlling and supporting the project and the project manager. The project manager’s responsibility is to deliver the expected outcome within the defined scope, quality, cost and time objectives. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities are the key to efficient project teams; everybody knows what to do and who to contact for assistance, support and decisions. In contrast, unclear roles and responsibilities tend to create an environment full of confusion, frustration and misunderstanding.

Turning the project organisation into a high-performance team is necessary to achieve project success. There are specific ground rules for achieving a motivated and committed project team, whose members hold themselves mutually responsible for project success. In this course, you will learn how to organise a project, define roles and responsibilities, delegate responsibility and authority, and develop a high-performance team capable of achieving project success.

Learning objectives

  • Establish a project organisation
  • Understand the interfaces with the functional organisation
  • Define roles and responsibilities
  • Delegation of authority – power and influence
  • Understand the ground rules and principles for building an effective team
  • Develop and maintain a high-performance project team

Target audience

This course is aimed at project owners, project managers and key project team members.

Flexible study options

The course is 100% online. When you enrol, you get access to a unique learning platform with an intuitive user-interface. The amount of time required to complete the course will vary depending on your existing project knowledge and experience. Allow at least 15-20 hours to complete the course.

Metier OEC programmes and Executive MBA at SKEMA Business School

The course can form part of the Diploma in Project Management and the Advanced Certificate in Project Management, which in turn can become part of the Executive MBA in Project Management delivered by SKEMA Business School and Metier. If you take this course as part of a programme including exams and university credits, you will spend more time as you need to review recommended literature and prepare for the exam. The course is worth 5 ECTS as part of an academic degree.

Topics covered

  • Organising for projects
  • Power and influence
  • The functional project organisation
  • The independent project organisation
  • The matrix project organisation
  • Interfaces and communication with the functional organisation
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The role of project owner and the project manager
  • Project manager’s responsibility in practice
  • Defining and maintaining effective teams
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Management of stakeholders

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