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About the Program

This program is part of the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership and may be taken as part of the certificate program or on a stand-alone basis. Please visit the main page for the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership for more information.

This session begins with an exploration of traditional approaches to contracting.  Armed with an understanding of the benefits and limitations of traditional contracting, a framework for relational contracting is presented.  Key elements are discussed, including incentivization, joint governance, etc.  Participants develop an understanding of when to apply relational principles and when not to, as well as which principles.  Time is spent examining how to evaluate for cultural fit, which is inherently qualitative and therefore difficult to assess and defend.  Several exercises are performed and case studies presented to enhance participants’ practical skills implementing and managing relational contracts.

Who Should Attend?

Intermediate to senior project managers and procurement officers from both the public and private sectors.

What You Will Learn

  • Relational contracting principles
  • How to implement a relational contract
  • How to manage a contract within a relational construct

Program Takeaways

  • How to frame a contracting according to relational contracting principles
  • How to decrease contract risk, cost, and adversarial tendencies
  • How to encourage efficiency and innovation

Program Facilitators


Colin Lindsay



Registration Deadline

Registration for individual modules will open in Fall of 2024. If you are looking to register, please contact us at to be notified when registration is open.


In person.


Cohort 19: January 13-14, 2025
Cohort 20: January 15-16, 2025

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