The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership is a global leader in rigorous research that rethinks the many ways we conceive, lead, and benefit from projects. Founded through a generous donation by John Grill, we are recognised in Australia and internationally as a hub for research and research-led executive education on project leadership.
Drawing on the strong research base at the University of Sydney, the John Grill Institute for Project Leadership is focused on building leadership capacity to transform the performance of projects, transcending industry boundaries to learn across different kinds of projects – such as organisational transformation, software and infrastructure projects.
We are developing new insight on project leadership, sponsorship, governance and management, how it is distributed within and across organisations, how projects engage with stakeholders, and how emerging new forms of leadership create value for society.
We work with our alumni and our partners to create a trusted forum for communication and creating opportunities to learn from each other, and to come together and address the issues that stop our partners from gaining the full value from the projects in which they invest. We are:
In a rapidly changing and uncertain world, projects are becoming the way that work is done. We see projects as interventions with far-reaching social and economic impacts.
However, the rate of underperformance of projects is uncomfortably high, as is the flow-on effect of wasted time, money, and social capital invested.
Our research and executive education aims to explore the reasons behind these phenomena, many of which can largely be attributed to increasing project complexity, and a limited human capacity to make decisions under uncertainty. For our global benchmark, see this recent guide from the Association of Project Management.