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The management of major programs that are considered to be expensive and transformational has always been considered a challenge for the managers and program proponents world-wide. These programs very often suffer from cost and time overruns as well as benefit shortfall; a phenomenon that according to Professor Bent Flyvbjerg of University of Oxford is the “Iron Law of Major Programs”, Hong Kong probably is not the exception. Dr. Chan draws his practical experience of managing major programs over the past 20 years (a prolonged sabbatical) as well as his recent studies and researches at Oxford University in analyzing the difficulties and challenges faced by major program managers in Hong Kong. The differences between project management and program management as well as the political impact on the running of major programs over the past years in Hong Kong will also be discussed. Solutions and ways to tackle the ‘Black Swan’ and the Iron Law are to be explored and hopefully a ‘Master Builder’ to the rescue can be identified.
Here are the details:  
Topic: Management of Major Public Programs in Hong Kong
Speaker: Dr. CHAN Man Wai
  Professor of Practice, Department of Building & Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  Fellow, The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS)
  Fellow, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  Honorary Fellow & Founding President, The Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management
  Chairman, Project Management Committee, HKIS
  Recipient, Distinguished Building Surveyor of HKIS
  Authorized Person (Surveyor), Building Authority, HKSARG
Date: 24 May 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Registration from 6:00pm)
Venue: ST111, 1/F, Core S, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon
Medium: English
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Register: Click here ( Enrollment Deadline : 15 May 2017, Monday )