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Muhammad Ehsan Khan
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Program Governance

Muhammad Ehsan Khan


Auerbach Publishers Inc.

Network management


220 pages

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Although program management has received much attention in recent books, program governance remains a relatively new subject. While selected books and standards touch on this important topic, few are devoted to program governance as a subject. This book fills that need.

Program Governance provides a thorough understanding of governance while reviewing the underlying theories. The first book dedicated to this subject, it caters to the needs of practitioners, researchers, and students of management and governance.

The book provides a holistic view of program governance while covering multiple elements of program governance. Topics covered include the governance structure, governance roles, governance functions, governance mechanisms, factors influencing the governance framework, and different domains of programs that come under the jurisdiction of a governance framework.

The book presents the author's own program governance framework, called the Contingent Governance Framework for Programs (CGFPrgTM), which is adaptable to suit different program contexts. This adaptability ensures that the different elements of governance, including structure and mechanisms, are aligned with program requirements. Such alignment results in an efficient and effective environment with an increased probability of program success.

The text supplies references to research and case studies to help readers understand key concepts in more detail. It also includes objectives at the end of each chapter to help readers gauge their knowledge of the subject.

The book clarifies the linkage/dependencies between program governance and other governance levels, such as international governance and corporate governance, which have a strong influence on governance framework for programs. It also explains the difference between the dynamics of temporary organizations, such as projects and programs, and permanent organizations. This distinction between temporary and permanent organizations provides readers with a practical understanding of how governance should be implemented in both types of organizations.

By:   Muhammad Ehsan Khan
Imprint:   Auerbach Publishers Inc.
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   12
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781466568907
ISBN 10:   1466568909
Series:   Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   September 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

FOUNDATION OF GOVERNANCE Governance Defining Governance Governance at Multiple Levels Summary References Transaction Cost Economics Transactions-Core Elements and Attributes Behavioral Assumptions Governance Structure Attributes Hazards of Concern Incomplete Contracting Bilateral Dependency and Fundamental Transformation Adaptation or Maladaptation Linking Governance, Governance Structures, and Contracts The Impact of Asset Specificity and Behavioral Assumptions on Contracts Application to Projects and Programs Summary References Agency Theory Agency Problems and Agency Loss Agency Costs and Contracts Application and Support Criticism Complementary Theories Stewardship Theory Resource Dependency Theory Summary References Corporate Governance Why Corporate Governance? Defining Corporate Governance Factors Affecting Corporate Governance and Its Evolution Corporate Governance Institutions The Board of Directors Auditors and Their Independence Functions of Corporate Governance Reporting and Disclosure Resource Management Risk Management Performance Management Relationship Management Strategic Oversight Compliance The Human Side of Corporate Governance Ethics and Ethical Compliance Rationality and Behavioral Aspects Design and Implementation Considerations Summary References PROGRAMS Temporary Organizations What Are Temporary Organizations? Projects and Programs as Temporary Organizations Summary References Programs Defining Programs Program Characteristics Benefits Delivery Strategic Focus Intended Temporariness The Need for Integration Uncertainty at the Core Delivering Change Adaptability to Change Program Categorization Program Management Program Life Cycle Formation Organization Benefits Delivery Closure External Context of the Program Organizational Fit Program Flexibility Organizational Stability Resource Availability Summary References PROGRAM GOVERNANCE Program Governance Defining Program Governance Why Should Programs Be Governed? Program Governance Perspectives Summary References Program Governance Domains Program Structure and Processes Program Resources Program Strategy Program Decisions Escalated Risks and Issues Program Progress Program Benefits Program Stakeholders Summary References Program Governance Functions Benefits Definition Governance and Management Framework Organizing and Structuring Process and Mechanism Ensuring Strategic Alignment Directing Benefits Delivery Interfacing and Coordination Reviewing Progress Providing Governance Oversight Support and Guidance Monitoring and Control Reporting and Communicating Authorization and Approvals Summary References Program Governance Institutions and Roles The Board of Directors Portfolio Management Executive Sponsors The Program Governance Board The Program Management Office Advisory Panels Audit Committees Generic Roles-The Broker and Steward Summary References Program Governance Mechanisms Strategic Reviews Stage Gate Reviews Periodic Health Checks On-Demand Consultation and Reviews Program Audits Planned and On-Demand Reporting Quality Review Advisory Sessions Summary References Factors Affecting Program Governance Organizational Factors Corporate Governance Organizational Governance Paradigm External Factors Cultural Influences Legislation, Regulations, and Standards Program Attributes Benefits Delivery Mechanisms Program Structure Program Uncertainty and Complexity Program Life Cycle Stage Program Strategic Value Program Performance Differences in Governance Regimes-Some Research Summary References Contingent Governance Framework for Programs (CGFPrg (TM)) Contingency Theory Aligning Agility and Discipline: Contingent Governance Framework for Programs Influential Factors Governance Framework Elements Guidelines to Implement a Contingent Governance Framework for Programs Summary References Appendix: Glossary of Acronyms Index

Dr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan is an entrepreneur and an internationally acknowledged professional on the subject of Governance and Management of Strategic Initiatives. An award-winning strategist with over a decade of leadership success, and a career that has driven multi-million dollar projects for various clients in Middle East and Pakistan, He is a founding member, and presently serves as a Partner/VP Operations and Service delivery, in a UAE based firm Inseyab Consulting & Information Solutions LLC. He holds a doctoral degree in Strategic, Programme and Project Management (Major de Promotion/Valedictorian) from SKEMA Business School, France and a certified Program (PgMP (R)) ) and Project Management Professional (PMP (R)). Ehsan is a recipient of PMI James R. Snyder Award for the year 2012 and was awarded the Young Researcher of the year award by IPMA in 2013. He is the author of first every book on the subject of program governance. Dr. Khan has provided management, consulting and mentoring services in the Middle East Region. He has been involved in establishment of PMO, implementation of management and governance frameworks and related practices and tools, in order to create an environment of project management excellence. He has also been managing medium-large scale ICT programs and projects for various customers, especially for ones in the governmental sector.

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