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The project is an increasingly prevalent work form in all societal sectors, intended for and used for handling tasks that are not effectively delivered through extant permanent organisational structures. In practice, most students in engineering and science will after just a few years from graduation be involved in advanced project-based work. Many of the main employers for engineering graduates have become project-based organisations over time, which means that also daily operations are organised by projects.
The project is a work form that in may ways deviate from classic forms for industrial organisation, at the same time as it is well anchored in both classic and contemporary research on organisation, leadership and management. A project is a structural solution for the handling of temporary and unique tasks, which implies a focus on planning and control. At the same time, the management of projects also requires insights derived from general organisational research, such as human resource management, political process, organisational culture, ethics and leadership.
The course is focused on management and work forms in industrial delivery-, development-, and change projects. The project form and its applications are anchored in a general overview of central perspectives in organisation and management research. During the course, structural and systems theory-based project management models are thus contrasted to political and cultural perspectives and practical cases and experiences. Emphasis is put on how environmental contingencies affect project management, and also on the role of project sponsors. In addition to a general overview of general organisational and management theories, the course take the students into sub-fields such as project planning, project organising, project accounting, project procurement, project leadership and several cases from various organisations. People with extensive practical industrial project management experience may participate as guest lecturers.