The Sage Course Companion on Operations Management is an accessible introduction to the subject that will help readers to extend their understanding of key concepts and enhance their thinking skills in line with course requirements. It provides support on how to revise for exams and prepare for and write assessed pieces. Readers are encouraged not only to think like an operations manager but also to think about the subject critically.

Project Management

Project management

Projects are unique, one-time operations designed to accomplish a specific set of objectives in a limited time-frame. Examples of projects include a building construction or introducing a new service or product to the market. Large projects may consist of many activities and must therefore be carefully planned and coordinated if a project is to meet cost and time targets.

Not all aspects of implementation can be controlled or planned, but the chance of success can be increased by anticipating potential problems and by applying corrective strategies. Network Analysis can be used to assist the project planning and control activities.

Project Management Activities

The project management process includes the following main elements of estimating, planning and control.

Project Estimating

At the start of the project a broad plan ...

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