The innovation of things
Introducing Master of Project Innovation
The world of project management is changing. Projects and programs are increasingly creative in nature, embedding innovative thinking, and dealing with complex business environments. Disruption and change management are becoming normal. A ‘management by projects’ approach, based on interdisciplinary team collaboration, is well suited to complex and / or innovative endeavours and is redefining hierarchical structures of corporate governance in the new gig economy. Innovation in project management, including adaptable practices (such as 'Agile' methodologies) that can respond quickly to opportunities, exploration of alternative solutions and the freedom to experiment, requires a new approach that is not constrained by conventional ideologies and the fear of failure. The parallel processes of innovation management and project management need to interact, new ways of working need to be applied where time is of the essence, and the benefits of design thinking within a diverse team environment must be realised.
Innovation is an opportunity for project managers relating to their role in the initiate, implement or influence phases of the life cycle, especially for complex projects. It requires cross-disciplinary approach using creative and entrepreneurial skills and blending financial, social, political and environmental criteria to realise value for project stakeholders. It is a new way of thinking, and a desire to measure success not just in the delivery of projects but also taking account of good design and end-user delight. Projects must be progressive and generate collective utility.
The Master of Project Innovation is designed to enhance graduate capabilities to meet future challenges in professional practice and up-skill knowledge over time. Dealing with increased project complexity and the risks of unforeseen consequences and impacts requires that the management of projects adopt a broader (systems thinking) approach. Project innovation is considered to be the next big thing for the project management discipline.
In 2020 we are offering a number of partial tuition fee 30th Anniversary Postgraduate Scholarships to high achieving domestic students applying to commence postgraduate studies at Bond University in either the May or September semester.
Digital Badges and International Study Tour
*Please note: International study tour is subject to VISA approval.
We also offer a combined degree in Master of Project Innovation/Master of Project Management.
- A 10-day International study tour is a core component of the program*
- Digital badges for up to six career specialisations
About the program
The Master Degree explores a number of topic areas centered around emerging job descriptions for project managers, drawn from product manager, designer thinker, change agent, Agile coach, business analyst and entrepreneur. The program comprises six core, research methods, research project (double-weighted) and three elective subjects.
|Duration||4 semesters (1 year 4 months)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|Study area||Architecture and Built Environment|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
Required subjects (8)
- Behaviour in Organisations (MGMT71-600)
- Project Innovation and Change (MGMT71-326)
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENFB71-104)
- The Digital Project Manager (SSUD71-410)
- International Project Management (SSUD71-404)
- Systems Thinking and Management Modelling for Projects (SSUD71-407)
- Research Methods in Humanities & Social Sciences (HUMR71-100)
- Research Project (SSUD74-200)
- Students can choose up to three subjects from the University’s list of available postgraduate subjects.
The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:
- 2020 fees: $12,705 per semester (based on 3 subjects per semester)
- 2021 fees: $13,155 per semester (based on 3 subjects per semester)
Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Academic entry requirements
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent at an approved institution.
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
Graduates are able to apply their new knowledge to a wide variety of industries and opportunities. Digital badges in up to six emerging career specialisations relevant to modern project management are also available:
- Design thinker: Deploys a user-centric approach to develop innovative solutions from engineering and design by combining ideas from the arts, social sciences and the business world.
- Product manager: Responsible for defining the why, when and what of the product, leading cross-functional teams from a product's conception all the way through to launch.
- Change-agent: Helps an organisation transform itself by focusing on the effect of changing technologies, structures and tasks on vital interpersonal and group relationships.
- Agile coach: Available on staff to help oversee the adaptive methodology long term, guide and support agile teams and help the organisation embrace agile as a cultural shift.
- Business analyst: Helps facilitate solutions for stakeholders by defining business needs and extracting and documenting requirements aimed at resolving a current problem or future opportunity.
- Entrepreneur: Leads the process of designing, launching and running a new venture often using a project-based approach to embrace economic, social and/or environmental innovation.
So, What is the Innovation of Things?
Professor Craig Langston presented to 250 delegates at the PMIAC19 about his research into ‘The Innovation of Things’. Bond was a Diamond Sponsor of the conference, which was held at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast 27-29 May.
A key message was that innovation is increasingly being viewed through the lens of projects, and that the innovation of things is another way of saying that innovation should be embedded in everything we do. Innovation comprises a combination of design thinking (understand), innovation management (explore) and project management (materialise).
Professor Langston also received the PMIA Research Achievement Award for 2019 at the conference gala dinner.
For a copy of his paper, please click here.