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The project as a social system

Unit Code: OPO5001

Duration: 6 weeks

Contact Hours: 20-24 hours of study per week

Credit Points: 6


The perception of projects as a process is critically examined and challenged with concepts from systems thinking and complex adaptive systems. Soft-systems thinking is required of project managers and tools project managers can use are examined to better understand and engage the project pathway that emerges. Furthermore, how projects operate as sociocultural systems are explored— that is, the interplay of people’s assumptions, values, beliefs, politics, power, influence, and technology that contribute to the project as a social system.