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project-stakeholder-managementBook Title:  Project Stakeholder Management

Author:  Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen

Publisher:  Gower

List Price:   US$49.95

Format:  soft cover; 98 pages

Publication Date:   2013

ISBN: 978-1-4094-0437-8

Reviewer:      Huma Sohrwardy

Review Date:              April 2013 

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Introduction to the Book

Eskerod’s and Jepsen’s book provides insights into techniques and processes for improved stakeholder management on projects. To be successful, projects rely on timely and effective stakeholder contributions. The authors provide an analytical and structured approach for successfully engaging stakeholders throughout the project life cycle. This approach is based on the marketing communications theory and strategic management. Case studies have been provided to support and provide context to the authors’ approach.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into two parts:

Part One:

The first part comprises of seven chapters and is a discussion on project stakeholder management.  The authors set the stage by proving readers with an introduction to stakeholder management followed by what motivates project stakeholders to contribute. The focus then switches to the stakeholder analysis and planning and most importantly, how to improve stakeholder management for successful outcomes using an analytical approach.

Part Two:

The second part of the book contains four projects case studies and the stakeholder interaction on the aforementioned projects. The case studies support discussions in Part One and highlight the interaction points and reasons for successful stakeholder contribution. 

Highlights: What’s New in this Book? 

Substantial material has been written and presented on project stakeholder management. The authors have presented a new perspective which is, to successfully engage stakeholders, project managers need to understand what motivates stakeholders to contribute. To understand the motivation, they first need to understand the stakeholders’ attitudes and potential.  The authors have provided the “Potential and Attitude Cube”, a practical tool that can be utilized for effective and ongoing stakeholder assessment.  

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About the Reviewer

huma-sohrwardyflag-usaHuma Sohrwardy, PgMP, PMP, CSM  

Dallas, Texas, USA

Huma Sohrwardy is an experienced IT practitioner with 20+ years of experience in the use and management of Information Technology as a means to delivering business goals and objectives.

She has extensive experience in the Healthcare IT, Finance, Manufacturing and public sectors and has worked as a consultant for the Australian Federal Government.

Huma is the principal consultant with HZ Technologies, LLC (HZT). The company provides Project Portfolio Management solutions to small and medium sized organizations. HZT is a registered vendor with the Texas State and Federal governments. Prior to starting a career in consulting, she led a PMO in Healthcare IT.

She is an avid reader and in her spare time volunteers at the PMI Dallas Chapter. She runs the Chapter’s Book Review Program and has recently started its first Book Club.

She has been a guest speaker at the Applied Project Management Forum at University of Texas Dallas. Her presentation on “PPM Implementation” can be accessed at the Jindal School Of Management website.   Huma can be contacted at : [email protected] 

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