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What’s New This Week?

This month we’re looking at the topic of internation project impact factors. Projects, as with so much of our institutional and organizational life, are predicated on our ability to mitigate or avoid catastrophic failure. We use careful planning and then diligent risk and stakeholder management to navigate the unexpected. Unfortunately, things do go wrong and projects and unidentified failure can derail even the best of us.

Navigate the Success and Failure section of GpmFirst for ideas of what to do when disaster strikes.

David Hillson


Innovative risk management

5 min read



VIDEO: Planning and evaluating social learning

15 min read

Author of the Month

Bennet P. Lientz

University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Lientz  is Professor Emeritus of the Anderson School, University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author or co-author of over 30 books and 50 articles in project management, strategic planning, information technology, and related areas. He has consulted with over 90 companies and government agencies in 35 countries.




Critical Success Factors for International Projects

In international projects there are differences between various projects due to politics, culture, regulations, and other factors. Yet, at the heart of every international project there are often  more similarities than differences. Often, the differences are evident in symptoms of problems or issues and in the details of implementing solutions to such problems. Many project fail because they focus on the differences rather than the similarities. In Lientz and Rea (1) an approach for dealing with project issues was laid out. In Lientz and Larssen (2) over 120 common problems for IT projects were discussed while in Lientz (3) over 300 issues affecting projects of all types were addressed. Read the whole article here.