Monthly Archives: October 2012

Complimentary Webinar from Harvard Business Review on November 14 – Rules for Risk: A Model for Managing Operational Risks

Webinar Overview

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5-6pm GMT/12-1pm EST/11-12pm CST/10-11am MST/9-10 PST
Operational risks exist in every endeavor and in every organization—including your organization. These include risks like damage to physical assets, business disruption and system failure, data theft, and fraud.
Despite knowing how important operational risks are, organizations still struggle with the best ways to identify and manage their operational risks. Organizations of all sizes and in all industries continue to seek out best practices for identifying and managing key operational risks. Organizations also want a governance structure to embed those best practices broadly.
On November 14, 2012, in an interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Philippa Girling will share effective practices for identifying and managing operational risks. She will dissect the management of operational risk, will provide several case studies of organizations that have managed operational risks effectively, and will share lessons organizations can use in creating their own risk management framework. 
Girling has thought and written broadly about operational risk management. She formerly led the global corporate operational risk functions at Morgan Stanley and Nomura, and has authored the textbook Operational Risk Management.
If your organization faces significant operational risks—and is interested in finding better ways to manage these risks—join Philippa Girling and Harvard Business Review on November 14. You will leave with insights to help your organization create a framework to better manage your most critical operational risks.

About the Speaker

Philippa Girling has eighteen years experience in the global securities industry, working in the fields of Operational Risk, training, project management and organizational change.
Philippa has held several Operational Risk leadership roles, including heading the Global Corporate Operational Risk functions at Morgan Stanley and Nomura. She has delivered the Operational Risk Executive Education Program at Columbia University, NYC for the past four years, as well as leading Operational Risk education sessions for London Business School, Rutgers University and Carnegie Mellon.
Philippa authored a textbook “Operational Risk Management” for GARP and is currently writing a new textbook on Operational Risk for Wiley & Sons.  She is a regular speaker at global conferences on the topics of Dodd-Frank, systemic risk and regulation and the evolution of the Operational Risk discipline.
Philippa was selected as one of the Top Fifty Faces of Operational Risk by Operational Risk and Compliance Magazine. Philippa holds an English law degree from University of East Anglia, England and is a member of the New York Bar. She is a holder of the GARP Financial Risk Manager accreditation and is a Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University, her area of study focusing on the relative importance of capital and strong risk governance in the mitigation of systemic risk.

Spring 2013 Electives – Procurement & Contracting and Sustainable Supply Chains

In addition to the Legal & Ethical Issues in PM elective, we will offer two additional elective courses – Procurement & Contracting and Sustainable Supply Chains.

DNSC 6234 – Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours)

The course is taught by Peter R. Easley, Esq., Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Professor Easley also works as a senior contracts officer with the World Bank.

Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.

Course Description:

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Course Objectives:

  • To prepare students to perform and lead the work necessary to ensure proper examination of requirements planning of the most appropriate acquisition process, and formation of the needed contract relationship.
  • To develop analytical skills necessary to finding and qualifying sources ensuring adequate costing and pricing of purchases, and assessing the impact of proposed acquisition decisions.
  • To develop an appreciation of the policy factors and environment considerations that influence the acquisition process.
  • To practice decision making skills critical to good contract awards using case analysis, oral presentations and simulated negotiations.
  • To refine student research skills pertinent to contractual matters.
  • To enhance student skills in resolving selected case situations pertinent to public procurement

 DNSC 6290 – Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours)

 This course is taught by Dr. Marie Matta, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences.

Assignments include case studies and an exam.

Course Description:

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.

Course Objectives:

A well-trained manager must be familiar and conversant with the many issues and concepts that arise within the functional area of supply chain management. This course has several objectives for the student. By the end of the term, the student will:

  • Understand the terminology associated with supply chain management.
  • Explore different ways in which supply chains may choose to compete in the marketplace
  • Articulate the tradeoffs that occur in supply chain decision-making
  • Analyze the long-term decisions necessary for a network of firms to handle the supply components of planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and returning products
  • Recognize the interrelated processes both within a firm and also across a channel of firms in strategically designing a supply chain
  • Evaluate supply chain problems across a broad range of companies
  • Identify and understand the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent supply chain management approaches
  • Develop the ability to evaluate supply chain performance and to formulate supply chain strategy


Complimentary Webinar from ESI International on October 30 – Modular Contracting: Procuring the Agile Way

Modular Contracting

Linda Rodden, public contracting expert, is spilling the beans!

The Office of Management and Budget recently released new guidance for agencies to use in implementing modular contracting in IT programs.

This means getting your future IT projects approved will require a modular or agile approach.

Learn how to start implementing Modular Contracting from contracting expert Linda Rodden, on October 30th. Click here to learn more!

In short, this is a must see webinar. Register now!

Join us to answer questions like:

  • What is Modular Contracting?
  • Why is Modular Contracting crucial for IT?
  • How does Modular Contracting relate to Modular Development?
  • What types of Contracts work well?
  • How can payment strategies support Modular Contracting?
  • What are the risks of Modular Contracting?



Complimentary WebinarTopic:
Modular ContractingPresenter:
Linda Rodden

October 30th, 2012



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PMP Prep Podcasts from Parallel Project Training

I recently discovered free podcasts focused on PMP prep from Parallel Project Training.  For those interested in obtaining their PMP, especially those currently in the Introduction to Project Management course, check out this free resource.

Also, stay tuned for information from the GW PMA for information on upcoming professional development events, some of which may focus on the PMP or other relevant certifications.

Spring 2013 Elective – DNSC 6290 Legal & Ethical Issues in Project Management (listed as Law & Ethics in PM)

Keith Diener, Esq., visiting assistant professor with the GW School of Business and adjunct professor of law and paralegal studies with the GW Law School, will be offering a new 3 credit hour elective this spring, Legal & Ethical Issues in Project Management. Note: course listed as Law & Ethics in PM with the Office of the Registrar.
CRN Distance – 26439
CRN On Campus – 26438

The course offers an examination of the legal and ethical environment of project management, with particular attention to liability, culpability, and ethical quandaries for project managers. Students learn strategies for avoiding legal nightmares, a framework for ethical behavior, and to develop their communication skills through assignments that require clear, concise, and accurate writing.

Students will learn:


1. The theories that underlie the law pertinent to project management, ethics, and the resolution of legal and ethical issues.

2. The fundamental rights and duties under contract law, tort law, and employment law applicable to project managers.

3. The advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of dispute resolution.

4. The important legal, tax, and management consequences of the different forms of business organization, and risks of contracting with them.

5. The civil and criminal liability of organizations for the actions of their project managers and employees.

6. To strengthen their analytical and communication skills by learning to distinguish important from unimportant information, facts from issues, and arguments from conclusions.

Assignments (for the 14 week course) will include two 2-page case studies, one 3-5 page reflection paper, and one final exam.

Registration opens November 5, 2012.

Internship in Project Management Curriculum Development with Off Peak Training

Off Peak Training, a leading provider of program management certifications and business operations training solutions is looking for interns to assist in the development of project management curriculum.

Full details on the internship in project management curriculum development may be found at 2012_Intern_Description_Off_Peak_Training.  To read more about Off Peak Training, visit their website at