CHAPTER 4Competencies Required to Manage Complex Projects

The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation expresses a contemporary viewpoint regarding complex projects: “It is broadly accepted that complex projects require a very different set of competencies…. Complex projects are characterized by uncertainty, non-linearity, and recursiveness, and are best viewed as dynamic and evolving systems.”1

What makes a project manager competent? In this chapter we consider the different competencies needed for the senior project manger and explore the emerging understanding of the competencies needed for the complex project manager.


Considerable knowledge, skill, and experience are required to manage projects. ...

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