Optimizing engineering project governance for sustainability

David Tuffley*, Yuk Kuen Wong, Luke Houghton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Organisations are increasingly leveraging improved decision making processes during the establishment of project teams. Beyond the obvious advantages of accessing qualified, cost-effective project staff, the issues of sustainability and governance are addressed when the virtual teaming approach is used. Projects can proceed without people needing to travel to a co-located work-place, thus saving time, effort and expense while creating less environmental pollution. But there is a governance problem; running virtual projects, particularly complex projects involve a greater degree of difficulty than managing co-located projects. What is needed are effective, practical methods for managing virtual projects. This paper introduces a new Reference Model of Organisational Behavior (RMOB) for the Leadership of Complex Virtual Teams which is arguably an effective way to meet the challenges of virtual teaming. This paper also discusses the new issue of sustainable leadership with mention of the proposed Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Management indicators that point towards sustainable governance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Resources and Sustainable Development
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2011 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, ICEESD 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 21 Oct 201123 Oct 2011

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)10226680


Other2011 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, ICEESD 2011


  • Complex Teams
  • Equity of access
  • International governance
  • Leadership
  • Process assessment model
  • Process reference model
  • Sustainability
  • Virtual Teams

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