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.

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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 type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Assignment (approx. 1500 words) 20%
Report Group Project (group submission - approx. 1500 words per student) 20%
Presentation Class Presentation & Discussion (approx. 15-20 minutes per student) 20%
Examination Examination (2 hours) 40%

Required reading

Further reading material will be provided by the instructor in class or through VU Collaborate.

Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge 6th ed.
(PMBOK® GUIDE) (2017)
Project Management Institute

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