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The importance of managing people for the success of a project cannot be underestimated. This free course, Managing projects through people, identifies the groups and individuals whose appropriate involvement in a project is important for its success, and considers the ways in which their contribution might be maximised.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- identify why managing people is an essential part of project management
- establish which people and groups of people are important for the success of a project and why
- explain what issues are at stake in managing them
- evaluate how particular groups of people involved in a project might best be handled
- recognise which skills are most important for managing people in projects.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Why people management matters to the successful delivery of projects
- 2 Role of the project manager
- 3 Identifying and involving stakeholders in a project
- 4 Project team
- 5 Dealing with senior management
- 6 Political behaviour
- 7 Building relationships across the organisation
- 8 Satisfying the client and end user
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Managing projects through people
The aim of Managing Projects through People is to demonstrate the importance of managing people for the success of a project, to identify groups and individuals whose appropriate involvement in a project is important for its success, and to consider ways in which their contribution might be maximised.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Business Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Business Studies courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 11th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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