Write a five (5) page paper in which you:
1. Construct a Cost-Benefit Analysis matrix for an organization that is considering replacing its internal payroll system with a payroll outsourcing service. Include direct and indirect revenue enhancements and direct and indirect cost reductions.
2. Assess the risks associated with integrating a new payroll system and suggest what the project management team can do to minimize those risks.
3. Compose the tasks that would be needed to complete a Gantt chart (project schedule) for outsourcing the company’s payroll system. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of using a Gantt chart versus using the Performance evaluation and review technique (PERT) and critical path method (CPM) when managing projects.
4. Propose four (4) types of feedback loops the project management team can implement so that potential users of the new payroll system can provide advice, suggestions, and guidance to the team during project development and implementation. Suggest how the project management team can filter out irrelevant information and target critical information provided by potential users of the new system.
5. Suggest five (5) types of behavioral problems that employees can manifest as a result of replacing the organization’s legacy payroll system with an outsourced solution. Compose five (5) guidelines that a project manager can use to mitigate employee resistance to change.
6. Use at least six (6) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Sustainability is one of the most important challenges of our time. How can we develop prosperity without compromising the life of future generations? Companies are integrating ideas of sustainability in their marketing, corporate communications, annual reports and in their actions. It is for that reason inevitable that ‘sustainability’ will find its way into project management methodologies and practices in the very near future. This paper explores the concept of sustainability and its application to project management. After a review of the relevant literature on sustainability, its leading elements are identified. Based on an analysis of the scarce literature on the application of these elements in project management, a working definition of ‘Sustainable Project Management’ and its concepts are derived. In the last section of the paper, the implications of these concepts for project management processes, reports and competencies are further analysed and related to the leading concepts and standards on project management.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of financial accounting and economics, including opportunity cost, the time value of money, and financial analysis. An investigation of financial decision making in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis is on the application of financial and nonfinancial information to a wide range of management decisions, from product pricing and budgeting to project analysis and performance measurement. A variety of decision-making tools (such as break-even analysis, activity-based costing procedures, and discounted cash flow techniques) are studied. Contemporary managerial practices are explored.
Students will focus on Project Management through the examination of project concepts: planning, design, execution, documentation, and presentation techniques. The course distinguishes among the three primary purposes of project management: (1) planning and scheduling project tasks, (2) critical diagnosis and prediction of success or failure in meeting schedules, and (3) estimation of requirements for the project. Topics include: problem identification and definition, project design and analysis, feasibility measures, project charting methods, process documentation techniques, information modeling, project design specifications and error diagnosis, and task monitoring. Students will be afforded a brief exposure to some of the more popular software tools available to assist in the practice of project management (however, the course is not Project Management software-centric).
Rationale for the Course
Project Management is part of everything we do in business and our personal lives. Many times we’re practicing Project Management without ever knowing it! No two projects are alike and successful Project Managers must possess the skills to behave instinctively, adapt quickly, act innovatively and entrepreneurially, and be creative in order to successfully address the unique needs of each project effort in which they are engaged.
The second topical area to be addressed by this list of management research paper topics concerns contemporary issues of business, society, and government. The 21st century finds businesses nested in over multiple jurisdictions, where cultures and values are changing and that are increasingly beset by crises such as disasters of the natural environment. Global business citizenship is discussed as not only a socially responsible and ethical way for firms to proceed but as a sensible and effective way of fitting with the requirements of our time. New forms of labor relations are evolving given the robust positioning of competition, both domestic and international, of nonunion and low-wage enterprises. One research paper looks at directions in labor relations with a focus on what they might be in 2025. Excessive work and its business consequences is an issue addressed by a research paper linked in this list. The factors associated with the success of women managers in business are analyzed. Doing well by doing good is a current business buzz phrase. That is, making money by working with people in poorer nations who benefit by the partnership. This was chiefly sparked by Prahalad’s The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (2006). The multifaceted dimensions of this movement are addressed in a research paper in this section. Another paper discusses organizational crisis management in the post-9/11 business epoch. The proactive management of an organization’s environment including activist groups and other stakeholders is considered at length.
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Silvius, A J G; Brink, J. van der; Köhler, A. 2009. ‘Views on sustainable project management’. In Human Side of Projects in Modern Business, edited by Kähköhnen, Kalle; Kazi, Abdul Samad; Rekola, Mirkka. Helsinki, Finland: IPMA Scientific Research Paper Series.
Silvius, A J G; Batenburg, R. 2009. ‘Future development of project management competences’. Paper presented at the 42nd Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS), Waikoloa HI, January 2009.
It is clear that there is still a lot of work to be done on the implications of Sustainable Project Management and that there is a growing need for expertise, criteria and concepts to practically implement the concept in the management of projects. The consequences are not at all clear yet and may even be underestimated. The definition we developed, however, provides a foundation for further development and operationalisation.
Projects can make a contribution to the sustainable development of organisations. It should therefore be expected that the concepts of sustainability are reflected in projects and project management. And although some aspects of sustainability are found in the various standards of project management, it has to be concluded that the impact of sustainability is not fully recognised yet. The standards of project management do not completely reflect the different aspects of sustainability that can be derived from the concepts of sustainable development.
Please keep in mind that a large part of Project Management involves being successful in many diverse group dynamic situations. You are expected to navigate and resolve concerns, differences, and issues within your work groups in order to achieve your mutually desired group goals.
Method of Determining Final GradeAssignments are worth the following numbers of points toward a possible total of 100 points.
Your grades will be based on four (4) factors:
Within the scrum framework, the responsibilities and accountabilities of the scrum team as a whole align to the project management activities defined within the . Understanding how these roles align helps to determine how a traditional project manager can transition into a scrum team on an agile project using the scrum framework.
This section explores how a concern for sustainability is included in the widely used standards for project management competencies, the International Project Management Association’s (IPMA) Competence Baseline version 3 (ICB3). The ICB3 provides the official definition of the competences expected from project management personnel by the IPMA for certification using the universal IPMA certification system. It is the common framework document that all IPMA Member Associations and Certification Bodies abide by to ensure that consistent and harmonised standards are applied.