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The Standard for Portfolio Management — Fourth Edition by Project Management Institute

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APPENDIX X3

CONSIDERING THE PORTFOLIO AS A COMPLEX SYSTEM

X3.1 A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PORTFOLIOS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT

Portfolio management practitioners work in a complex environment with overlapping and often conflicting interests. Under such conditions, practitioners are often challenged by too much nonfiltered information and not enough relevant communication. To comprehend such an environment and be in a position to anticipate behavior, it is necessary to study the portfolio system as a whole. This involves the application of a systems thinking approach in parallel to the prevailing linear thinking. This simply means, further to examining and understanding portfolio components individually, also analyze the whole portfolio and focus on the ...

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