Managing Sustainable Development Programmes


Book Title:  Managing Sustainable Development Programmes

Author: Goran Brulin and Lennart Svensson

Publisher:  Gower Publishing Limited

List Price:   US$124.95

Format:  hard cover; 218 pages

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN: 978-1-4094-3719-2

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:              September 2012

Introduction to the Book

This book provides guidance on how public programs and sustainable development should be designed, steered and evaluated in order to optimize the return on investment.    Analysis of thousands of projects implemented from EU Structural Fund Programs in Sweden identifies how traditional program implementation can be improved by adding ownership, collaboration and development.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into the following chapters:

  1. Running Programs for Sustainable Development
  2. Models of Change and Evaluation
  3. Key Research Findings
  4. Evaluation for Sustainable Development
  5. Lessons from Earlier Program Initiatives
  6. Lessons from Competence Initiatives
  7. Innovation and the Regional Fund
  8. Owning Steering and Evaluating Large Programs

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

This book analyzes many large public and private funded programs in Sweden.   Building competence development to better manage uncertainties, risk and creativity is one of the approaches suggested by the authors.  The lessons learned from these projects and incorporation of continuous improvements will result in higher quality and strategic change.


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About the Reviewer

Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Nazanin Mehrooz was born in Iran and migrated to the USA.  She studied software engineering and has worked in both defense and telecom industries.  For the past decade, her focus has been IT Application Support, Operations and Service Delivery Management.  She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth PMI chapters.  Email: [email protected]

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