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Leading Complex Projects with Ed Merrow

  • CORE Innovation Hub FLUX, 191 Saint Georges Terrace Perth, WA, 6000 Australia (map)

Ed Merrow is the Founder and President of Independent Project Analysis and author of the new book Leading Complex Projects.

Join event hosts Engineers Australia and NERA for this special presentation by Ed as he discusses why so many large difficult projects go awry and how a data-driven approach to mastering the human side of project management can lead to success.

Internationally renowned, Ed is a subject matter expert in the execution of large and complex projects and capital projects in general.

With the recent surge in project activity across the oil, minerals, and chemical industries in all parts of the world, Ed’s studies are motivated by the need to understand the complex behaviours of projects and to identify the drivers of project success and failure.

Complex projects require leadership at the top, not management. Successful complex project leaders have many of the same characteristics as leaders in other walks of life but in a project context. In this talk we will discuss what constitutes “the right stuff” for complex project leadership.

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Ed Merrow

Ed Merrow is the Founder and CEO of Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA), the global industry leader in quantitative analysis and benchmarking of project management systems. After receiving his degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton University, Merrow began his career as an Assistant Professor at University of California Los Angeles, followed by 14 years as a research scientist at The Rand Corporation where he directed the Energy Research Program. He is a recognized expert on the development and commercialization of new process technologies and management of large and complex projects.

His recent books include his critically acclaimed Industrial Megaprojects (John Wiley 2011) and Leading Complex Projects (John Wiley 2018). Ed’s current major research effort centers on a quantitative analysis of how contracting strategies and delivery systems shape project results. That will result in a new book on the subject in late 2019.

Please note timings for this event are 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start - 7.30 pm.

Maximum CPD Hours: 1.5

Registration is essential.