The policy/project nexus: lessons learned from a policy implementation project

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Margetts, Fiona. 2016. "The policy/project nexus: lessons learned from a policy implementation project." Australian Institute of Project Management and International Project Management Association Inaugural Regional Conference - Project Management: Building Capabilities (2016). Sydney, Australia 16 - 19 Oct 2016 Australia.
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The policy/project nexus: lessons learned from a policy implementation project

Presentation TypePresentation
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AuthorMargetts, Fiona
Year2016
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aipm2016.com.au/
Conference/EventAustralian Institute of Project Management and International Project Management Association Inaugural Regional Conference - Project Management: Building Capabilities (2016)
Event Details
Australian Institute of Project Management and International Project Management Association Inaugural Regional Conference - Project Management: Building Capabilities (2016)
Event Date
16 to end of 19 Oct 2016
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract


The higher education sector forms an integral part of Australia’s economy and is becoming increasingly global, dynamic, competitive and regulated. Comprised substantially of universities, the standards of governance, academic quality and management that enable universities to operate in this environment are established in their policies. These critical organisational instruments are fundamental to providing students with relevant learning experiences and enable a university to respond to opportunities and innovation and research agendas.

Notoriously complex, yet foundational to all organisational activity, policy development and review is a key means by which a university achieves strategy, ensures quality, mitigates risk and complies with its regulatory environment.

This presentation explores the impact of a three-year, policy implementation project undertaken in an Australian university. Effectively a change program, it established a flexible and sustainable framework for the development, deployment and ongoing review of policy.

The presentation identifies the vital role of development and implementation of a governance-level policy framework (the ’meta policy’ or ‘policy on policies’), the positive impact of an engaged sponsor and application of a project management methodology.

A reflection upon the challenges and lessons learned will explore the key role of keen organisational knowledge and a strong, yet flexible and adaptive, approach to project management.

The presentation will provide an analysis of the critical success factors and benefits realised from the project, including the critical nature of policy deployment, establishment of organisational policy development capability and the consequent maturation of cross organisational collaboration and change facilitation.

The key role of planning to embed project outcomes into ‘business as usual’ activity is brought into focus, as is the need to plan for and integrate evaluation, review and continuous improvement.

Consistent with this, post-project lessons and subsequent high-level policy change agenda adjustments are explored. The nexus between policy development and project management is considered and clear parallels drawn between the approach taken and the recommendations provided in the report of Professor Peter Shergold, AC, Learning from Failure (2015).

Outcomes from this project and its subsequent embedding in standard organisational practice continue to inform change, research and efficiency agendas. They have the potential to impact similarly across the higher education sector and more broadly.

References:

Shergold, P. (2015). Learning from Failure - Why large government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved. Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia Retrieved from http://www.apsc.gov.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0003/72687/learningfro...

Keywordsopportunity, challenge, change, capability, maturity, collaboration
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390201. Education policy
390303. Higher education
350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
440799. Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
350711. Organisational planning and management
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oral conference presentation - unpublished.

Byline AffiliationsSustainable Business Management and Improvement
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Funding source
Australian Research Council (ARC)
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