EBUS308: Project Management
Alternative Coursework Assignment
Submission Date: 12pm 10th August 2020
Weighting: This assignment counts for 100% of the final module mark.
Submission details: As per the guidelines and stipulated University requirements (also refer to your student handbook).
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This piece of coursework requires you to investigate project failures. As discussed in the lectures, project failure is commonplace in contemporary organisations; through this assignment you will identify the key factors for project failure, investigate a high-profile project that has failed (and analyse what went wrong), and give a critical reflection on the role you think you could play in such a project.
To complete your assignment, you should produce a report that includes the following elements (maximum 3,000 words):
Write a brief background on the reasons for project failure; in this background you should identify key criteria for project failure and suggest which of the criteria have the greatest impact.
- Research a high-profile project failure
You should identify a high-profile project that has failed; this could be a recent or historical project. You can use news reports, articles, textbooks, journal papers, government reports and other sources to collect information on the project.
You can choose any project of interest to you. An example of such a project is the Heathrow Terminal 5 project; if you decide to research this particular project, the following articles will get you started:
- Brady, T. and Davies, A., (2010), “From hero to hubris – Reconsidering the project management of Heathrow’s Terminal 5”, International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 28, pp. 151-157
- Davies, A., Gann, D. and Douglas, T., (2009), “Innovation in mega-projects: Systems integration at Heathrow Terminal 5”, California Management Review, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 101-125
- Davies, A., Dodgson, M. and Gann, D., (2016), “Dynamic capabilities in complex projects: The case of London Heathrow Terminal 5”, Project Management Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 26-46
Once you have researched your project, include the following in your report:
- Background: Give a background to the project
- Analysis: Analyse what went wrong during the project’s lifecycle
- Use some project management tools to analyse these failures
- Do you think the project manager could have done anything differently when managing this project?
- Critical Reflection
Write a personal reflection on the following aspects:
- What role(s) do you see yourself performing in a project such as this?
- Why have you chosen these roles?