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Projects are an ever more common working method in all social sectors, intended and used for handling of assignments that cannot be solved in solid hierarchical organisations. In practice, most of today´s science and technology students will somehow be involved in project-based work within only a few years after graduation from higher education. Several of the largest employers of recent engineering graduates have completely or partly changed to be project-based organisations, which suggets that daily production is also organised as projects.
The project is a working method that completes in several ways and differs from classical forms for industrial organisation, while it is well based in both classical and present-day research about organisation, leadership and management. A project is a structural solution to handling of temporary and unique assignments, which a project implies a focus on planning and follow up. But the management and control of the project requires also understanding that are retrieved from the general organisational research; an understanding of human resource management, political processes, company culture and leadership.
The course focuses on management and working methods in business, development and innovation projects in technology-intensive companies. The project form and its use are based in an extensive presentation of central perspectives in organisation, leadership and the management research. During the course, the structural theory of project management is compared to political and cultural perspectives and case studies. Strong emphasis is placed on how the surrounding conditions influence the project management as well as at the role of the client. Besides going from a general introduction to the common organisation, leadership and management research and the project management theory of today, the education includes for example project planning, project organisation, financial control, procurement, the leadership of the project manager and a number of case studies from project in different activities. Guest lecturers with extensive practical experience from the project management area participate as guest lecturers.