Project Management from Simple to Complex

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Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Lizabeth Schlemer, Professor, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

The text covers a broad range of topics including some that seem peripherally related to Project management (like Quality and Statistics 10.1). … read more



Reviewed by Valarie Griep, Senior Lecturer and PMP, University of Minnesota, on 8/22/2016.

The book starts in chapter one, paragraph one citing the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) … read more



Reviewed by Kimberlee Snyder, Professor, Winona State University, on 8/22/2016.

The textbook covers the basis of project management but there are some surprising chapters and sections that other textbooks on project management … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Project Management
  • Chapter 2: Project Profiling
  • Chapter 3: Project Phases and Organization
  • Chapter 4: Understanding and Meeting Client Expectations
  • Chapter 5: Working with People on Projects
  • Chapter 6: Communication Technologies
  • Chapter 7: Starting a Project
  • Chapter 8: Project Time Management
  • Chapter 9: Estimating and Managing Costs
  • Chapter 10: Managing Project Quality
  • Chapter 11: Managing Project Risk
  • Chapter 12: Project Procurement and Closure

About the Book

Project Management from Simple to Complex is adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2010 by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.

In a world that is becoming more virtual, more global, and more complex, the project manager’s ability to function in this environment becomes critical to the success of the project. Project Management from Simple to Complex explores project management within this complex, virtual, and global environment.

This is not a standard textbook that was adapted to the new publishing paradigm; it was designed from the beginning to utilize its capabilities. The book is written in collaboration by an expert in Project Management and an expert in writing instructional textbooks and using technology for communicating online to create a unique learning environment that prepares students to manage projects in a global, multicultural, and online environment.

Project Management from Simple to Complex features a new model for managing projects, as well as, exploration into the personal dynamics of project management and the role those dynamics play in project outcomes.

About the Contributors


Unnamed Author has more than twenty-five years of project management experience with some of the largest international companies, and he is an expert in the human and organizational dynamics of projects. Unnamed Name began his career in social work and became the director of the Cherokee Children’s Home on the Cherokee Indian Boundary in North Carolina. His educational background in sociology and his experience dealing with people from another culture served him well when his career shifted to project management. Unnamed Name has a doctorate of management in Organizational Leadership, which has helped him combine practical knowledge with academic research. Unnamed Name is the author of two books and several articles on project management, including The World’s Greatest Project, which was published by the Project Management Institute in 1996. Unnamed Name provided the keynote address at the South Latin America Project Management Conference in Santiago, Chile, and Poland’s Project Management Conference in Gdansk in 2004 and Warsaw in 2008. From his wealth of knowledge, he has chosen the most fundamentally important concepts and skills that project managers must have at the foundation of their education.

Unnamed Author is an associate professor who has been teaching and utilizing new technologies in the College of Technology at Eastern Michigan University for more than twenty-five years. He has written or coauthored more than thirty books, including Computers in a Changing Society (2005) and Computer Literacy for IC3 Unit 3: Living Online (2009).