Internal and external stakeholders have a key role to play in the success or otherwise of a project. Stakeholders range from multinational organisations to communities, individuals and government authorities.

This unit critically reviews traditional and emerging stakeholder management theories in order to investigate how they apply to contemporary project scenarios both in Australia and internationally. Students will learn how to identify and engage project stakeholders, prioritise their importance and evaluate their potential and actual contribution to project success. The relationship between the role of project manager and the expectations and perspectives of diverse stakeholders is also considered.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EPM5730

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate contemporary managerial theory and management processes for dealing with stakeholders (individuals, groups and organisations) and apply as appropriate to various project management scenarios;  
  2. Critically analyse how management frameworks; current trends in organisational structure; entrepreneurial styles of management; principles of networking and emerging business trends impact stakeholders and can be impacted by stakeholders;  
  3. Design practical tools which acknowledge the diversity of stakeholders to support stakeholder management; and  
  4. Hypothesise how stakeholder management in projects can support the concept of sustainability.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Research Project Presentation 10%
Project Research Project (4000 words group project on case study) 25%
Project Individual Research Project (2000 words) 15%
Examination Final Examination (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

Reading material will be negotiated in consultation with the supervisor and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation.

Stakeholder Theory: The state of the art 1st ed.
Freeman, R.E. and Harrison, J.S., (2010)
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th ed.
Project Management Institute (2013)
Project Management Institute

Recommended reading: Donaldson, D. & Preston, L.E. (1995), The stakeholder theory of the corporation: Concepts, evidence, and implications. Academy of Management Review, vol. 20, no.1, pp. 65-91. Jensen, M.C. (2010), Value maximization, stakeholder theory, and the corporate objective function. Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 32-42. Freeman, R.E., Donaldson, T., Preston, L.E., Wicks, A.C. & Parmar, B., (2004), Stakeholder theory and "the corporate objective revisited". Organization Science, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 364-369. Brenner, S.N. (1992), The Stakeholder Theory of the Firm, Business Ethics Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 99-119. Phillips, R. & Freeman, E. (2003), Stakeholder theory and Organisation Ethics, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco.

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