Project management challenges in cross-national, multi-partner, high-risk, research and technology development projects

The presentation addresses the challenges faced in meeting the extraordinary requirements associated with innovative, high-risk, technology research projects. The presentation takes its paradigms from research and development (R&D) projects co funded by as high as 100% by dedicated European Commission (EC) Framework Programmes, centred on European Union (EU) countries but supporting also the broader EMEA region. A wide range of critical project management issues that arise due to the nature of these frameworks will be covered (i.e. funded R&D efforts led by a consortium of companies, governmental agencies, and research institutes that are individually based in different EMEA countries) such as: 1) managing surfacing risks due to the change of consortium partners' global priorities and market positioning; 2) dealing with the delicate situation of coordinating project members spread across different organisational entities and countries in the EMEA region where unattended cultural and behaviouraldifferences can
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