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. Identify stakeholders and their legitimacy and develop a stakeholder strategy matrix;  
  3. Design and appraise a stakeholder management plan, and monitor and control progress; and  
  4. Investigate how stakeholder management in projects can support the concept of sustainability.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Project Group Project (including Progress Report as early assessment - 5%) 40%
Presentation Presentations 20%
Test Test (Open book, 2 hours) 40%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Assignment 20%
Report Group Project 20%
Presentation Class Presentation & Discussion 20%
Examination Exam (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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