Commercial Management: Theory and Practice by David LoweCommercial Management: Theory and Practice by David Lowe

Commercial Management: Theory and Practice

byDavid Lowe, Peter Fenn

Paperback | August 5, 2013

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Commercial Management: theory and practice defines the role of commercial management within project-oriented organisations, providing a framework for and helping to develop a critical understanding of the factors that influence commercial management practice. It also identifies generic aspects of this practice and provides a theoretical foundation to these activities, by reference to existing and emergent theories and concepts, as well as to relevant management best practice.

The book is structured into four parts: Part 1 Introduction – Commercial Management in Project Environments explores the nature of commercial practice within project-oriented organisations at the buyer-seller interface. It presents a Commercial Management framework, which illustrates the multiple interactions and connections between the purchaser‘s procurement cycle and a supplier‘s bidding and implementation cycles. Additionally, it outlines the principle activities undertaken by the commercial function, identifies the skills and abilities that support these activities and reviews the theories and concepts that underpin commercial practice. Finally, it identifies areas of commonality of practice with other functions found within project-oriented organisations, plus sources of potential conflict and misunderstanding.

Part 2 – Elements of Commercial Theory and Practice covers commercial leadership; exploring strategy; risk and uncertainty management; financial decision-making; and key legal issues. Part 3 – Approaches to Commercial Practice addresses best practice management; and commercial and contracting strategies and tactics. Finally, Part 4 – Case Studies offers two extended case studies: Football Stadia (the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; the Emirates Stadium, Islington; and Wembley Stadium, London); and Heathrow Terminal 5.

The book provides a one-stop-shop to the many topics that underpin commercial management practice from both a demand (buy-side) and a supply (sell-side) perspective. It will help develop an understanding of the issues influencing commercial management: leadership, strategy, risk, financial, legal, best practice management and commercial and contracting strategy and tactics.

This book’s companion website is at and offers invaluable resources for both students and lecturers:

• PowerPoint slides for lecturers on each chapter

• Sample exam questions for students to practice

• Weblinks to key journals and relevant professional bodies

Dr David Lowe, Manchester Business School David Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Management and Head of the Project and Programme Management Affinity Group in the Innovation, Policy and Management division of MBS. He is Programme Director for the blended learning MSc in International Commercial and Contract Management and severa...
Title:Commercial Management: Theory and PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:522 pages, 9.7 × 7.5 × 0.95 inPublished:August 5, 2013Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405124687

ISBN - 13:9781405124683

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Table of Contents

About the Author vii

About the Contributors viii

Acknowledgements x

Preface xii

Abbreviations xiv

Part 1: Introduction 1

Introduction: Commercial Management 3

1. Commercial Management in Project-Oriented Organisations 23

Part 2: Elements of Commercial Practice and Theory 77

2. Commercial Leadership 79
Maria-Christina Stafylarakis

3. Exploring Strategy 96
Irene Roele

4. Perspectives on Managing Risk and Uncertainty 108
Eunice Maytorena

5. Financial Decisions 132
Anne Stafford

6. L egal Issues in Contracting 173
David Lowe and Edward Davies

Part 3: Approaches to Commercial Practice 237

7. Best-Practice Management 239

8. Commercial Strategies and Tactics 288

Part A: Intent 296

Part B: Deal Creation 332

Part C: Execution 359

Part 4: Case Studies 379

Case Study A: Football Stadia 381

Case Study B: Terminal 5 (T5) Heathrow 455

Index 492