The International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), together with Series Partner Queensland University of Technology (QUTeX) and Anchor Sponsor the Australian Department of Defence – Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG), is proud to announce the 2020 International Roundtable Series which will explore Harnessing Emergence in Complex Projects: Risk, Uncertainty and Opportunity.

According to the 2019 The State of Risk Oversight: An Overview of Enterprise Risk Management Practices, most of the 445 business executives surveyed believed that uncertainties in the business environment are leading to more complex risk challenges for their organisations, but few executives describe their organization’s approach to risk management as mature or robust. In the context of delivering the $200 billion Defence Integrated Investment Program, it is essential that CASG has highly skilled project and program leaders with a sophisticated understanding of systemic risk to deliver the desired capability outcomes and meet the broader sovereign capability development goals.

According to the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI), current risk management practices have evolved into a formalised framework that is now accepted as a standardised process approach to the management of risk. This process of risk management has largely come together with the concept of compliance management because of the regulatory nature of the current business environment. As a consequence, process has overridden leadership, decision-making, and accountability at the highest levels of firms and agencies.

The dynamic nature of complex projects across all industries creates unique challenges for leaders, and increasingly volatile project contexts require leaders to integrate emergent phenomena into their adaptive response in order to sustain best practice and realise better outcomes. The 2020 International Roundtable Series will consider what this might mean in relation to risk and opportunity in complex projects and how we might harness the dynamics of emergence, exploit the necessary uncertainty to create value and through better decision-making, achieve better outcomes.

The ICCPM International Roundtable Series was established in 2009 as a thought leadership initiative to help organisations stay at the forefront of successful complex project delivery. It draws on the expertise of experienced practitioners and leading academics to explore aspects of managing complexity in project environments. The Department of Defence has been the Anchor Sponsor of the International Roundtable since its inception.

The International Roundtable Series is a two-year thought leadership initiative. ICCPM and QUTex will facilitate workshops throughout 2020 in key locations across Australia and internationally, to gather insights from across industries, sectors and cultures. At the end of the series, the workshop findings will be synthesised and written up into a final outcomes report to be released no later than mid-2021. Visit 2020 International Roundtable Series for details on how to participate.

ICCPM is an independent, international, not-for-profit organisation founded in 2007 as the Peak Body supporting complex project delivery. ICCPM is the custodian of the Complex Project Leader Competency Standards on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence) and builds capability in line with these standards.

QUTeX is a leader in the field of Project Management and Complex Project Leadership (CPL) and has been an Academic Partner of ICCPM since its inception. QUT has been a leading provider of multidisciplinary Complex Project Leadership education since 2007.

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