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Sponsoring projects

Wednesday 11 August


Unbundled (per class):
General: $590
Alumni, students and staff: $540

Bundled (entire series):
General: $2,600
Alumni, students and staff: $2,350
Purchase as a group of five or more (general rate with discount): $2,450 per person
Includes a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Note: If this program is rescheduled or cancelled, a full refund or credit note to use at another Executive Education program valued at the same price will be provided.

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This program may be rescheduled to ensure Curtin Executive Education complies with any current COVID restrictions.
If the program is rescheduled, your registration will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you wish to withdraw from this program 48 hours prior to the commencement date you will receive a full credit note. Less than 48 hours notice, the full program fee will be incurred. This credit can be used at any Curtin Executive Education Program (of equal value) within a 12 month period. If this program is cancelled the option of a credit note or full refund will be provided.

“The importance of sponsorship in the project ecosystem continues to be a key factor in project success”
(KPMG, AIPM IPMA report: The Future of Project Management Global Outlook 2019)

Project sponsorship can be a challenge; not all project sponsors have extensive project management experience and are trained in project sponsorship competencies, typically they have an extensive number of responsibilities and the sometimes very public pressure to keep costs low can complicate decision making. Furthermore, the demarcation between sponsorship and project management can also give rise to difficulties.

This masterclass will explore a number of issues facing project sponsorship, define the role of the project sponsor and provide you with an understanding of the dynamic nature of projects assisting in sponsoring projects throughout their lifecycle. In this program, leading experts Professor Fran Ackermann and Dr Francis Norman will show you how effective project sponsorship can result in a strategic and sustainable approach to projects and effectively manage project operational issues.

About the facilitators

Dr Francis Norman

Dr Francis Norman is a Curtin researcher with 30 years’ experience in major resources engineering projects and almost four decades in industry. His research specialty is in the field of virtual teams, understanding how members of these teams communicate and interact when working on large engineering projects. Dr Norman is a member of the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), past president of the WA Division of Engineers Australia and the current chair of the EA WA College of Leadership and Management committee.

Professor Fran Ackermann

Professor Fran Ackermann is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the School of Management. She is currently an Honorary Professor at Manchester University, an adjunct professor at Strathclyde University and has previously held positions at Bordeaux Business School, The University of Western Australia and Tilburg University. Professor Ackermann conducts industry funded research projects for a number of organisations across the globe in industries such as transport, engineering, construction, Oil and Gas and health. Her areas of expertise encompass; systemic project risk, complex project management and strategy. She is regularly invited to undertake bespoke executive education programs based on her research and experience teaching in the US, MEA and the UK. She is a British Academy of Management Fellow, a senior editor of Decision Support Systems and has written extensively publishing 5 books, 30+ book chapters and over 80 peer reviewed articles.