MBA Project Leadership & Control guest lectures

MBA Project Leadership & Control guest lectures

Issued: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:28:00 GMT

MBA Project Management & Control guest lectures

Organised by Dr Rob Dekkers, Reader in Industrial Management at the Adam Smith Business School, eleven of our MBA students attended a number of guest lectures on the subject of Project Leadership and Control on Thursday 16 February 2017.

Dr Eduardo Gomes Salgado, Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Alfenas, joined the students via Skype to deliver a lecture on the topic of Lean Product Development (LPD).  LPD is based on lean thinking and lean principles that originally were developed in lean manufacturing.  Lean thinking refers to a way of thinking and specific practices and is a practical approach to accelerating time-to-market through waste elimination in planning, resource management, design control, and interdisciplinary communication.  Dr Salgado’s lecture discussed examples of lean thinking related to project management and in particular project management for new product development.  This lecture, based on a joint research project with Dr Dekkers, showed that a range of contemporary techniques could be applied to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of new product development as projects, albeit these already existed for some time under different labels. 

The second guest lecture, delivered by Nicola Cameron, Assistant Director of Estates Strategy at the University of Glasgow, showed the complexity of project management with particular attention on stakeholders and the redevelopment of the Western Infirmary.  Nicola showed the MBA students that project leadership is much more than just putting a building on a campus and that consideration and plans must involve stakeholder thoughts about the use of space and the future and elaborated on the obstacles the team faced in order to complete and deliver a project on time.  After this lecture, the MBA students were the first group of visitors to the Western Infirmary site to show the size of the redevelopment project and the challenges faced.  Elsa Germanos, an MBA student who attended the guest lectures and site visit, commented that Nicola’s presentation was ‘very detailed, engaging and beneficial, and the site visit showed how theories are put into practice’.  Another MBA student, Eszter Kalman, remarked that with the site visit she could visualise herself in the role of project manager.

Following this, the students attended a guest lecture from Joe Collins, Adam Smith Business School affiliate and former head of Audit for British Energy.  Joe discussed his career at British Energy, the diversity of projects he undertook, the different ways of project leadership, and emphasised the importance of applying project management literature to practice. 

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