Towards project management 4.0 - general project management methodology
The course starts March 29 and ends with final exam June 5 with an option to obtain 7.5 ECTS. All material and lecturers will be in English.
The aim of the course is to provide both a theoretical as well as a practical foundation for managing any type of project such as traditional sequential (waterfall), agile or hybrid projects. The uniqueness of the course is the link to the evolution of project managing by introducing participants to benefits and challenges of each level of project management from 1.0 (top down hierarchical) towards 4.0 (ecosystem) in the making. This holistic view on project management enables participants to understand what the optimal response to any project context is.
The course itself is run as an example of project management 4.0 including a pre-project phase in Q1 2021 where the individual course objectives are discussed in dialogue between the participant, his/her organisation, Karlstads universitets uppdrags AB (Commissioned Education at Karlstad University) and the lecturer. During the course itself (project phase) participants form virtual project teams that will deliver a number of projects in a role play with a project owner based on cases where actual and virtual reality merge. Finally, all stakeholders involved will be engaged in a post project evaluation phase to ensure that lessons learned are used for continuous improvement loops.
As the course is fully virtual and run at 50% it is possible to combine with full-time work, but requires planning and commitment from the participants including ability to schedule group meetings during evenings and/or weekends as agreed in each project group. The entire process from start to end will be facilitated by virtual collaboration platforms (Padlet and Canvas), which allows for all stakeholders to proactively co-create an optimal learning environment. All lecturers will be done after work hours and take place in Zoom.
Present and future project workers in any project role or type of project wanting to build capability for project-oriented work by consolidating, upgrading and expanding their knowledge and skills in combination with supporting behaviour. This course is equally adapted to private as well as public sector.
Participants in the course will be a mixture of professionals and students. To ensure exclusivity for you as employee and your employer, with support before, during and after the course, the number of professional participants is limited to 10.
The course includes discussion of individual projects from the perspective of the project manager. There is a focus on projects in different professional contexts. Special emphasis is placed on project delimitation and the planning, organisation, and completion of individual projects, as well as the interaction beween the project managers and other managers in the organisation where the project is carried out.
The coursework is characterised to a great extent by students being responsible for working actively in groups with authentic cases.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to
- describe projects as goal-oriented work,
- describe, identify, and use relevant tools and methods to organise, plan, and manage individual projects, taking into account the specificity of each project,
- understand the evolution of project management from 1.0 (hierarchical) towards 4.0 (eco system) to be able to determine pros and cons for each level, and map it to own organisation and context.
Module 1: General project management
Introduction lecture by teachers Erik Månsson and John Johansson together with guest lecturer Bo Tonnquist who introduces his book Project Management followed by a workshop.
Module 2: Agile project management
Guest lecture by Dr. Tomas Gustavsson who introduces his book Agile Project Management followed by a workshop
Module 3: Project Governance
Guest lecture by Rolf Berndtson who introduces his book “Invest in Projects” followed by a workshop on the role of the project steering group
Module 4: Introduction of project case study 1
The course teachers Erik Månsson and John Johansson introduces the first case study on which participants will work and deliver a project plan as part of an assigned project team
Module 5: Project objectives and stakeholder management
Guest lecture and workshop with Karin Appelgren who is also offering Q&A on the topics
Module 6: Risk, resources, requirements and time
Guest lecture and workshop with Karin Appelgren who is also offering Q&A on the topics
Module 7: Introduction of project case 2 & 3
The course teachers Erik Månsson and John Johansson introduces project case 2 and 3 on which participants will work and deliver project plans as part of an assigned project team
Module 8: Group seminar on case 2 and 3 (mandatory)
Participants will present their project plans for case 2 and 3 as part of their assigned project team
Module 9: Final group seminar (manadatory)
- Gustavsson, Tomas. Agile Project Management. Sanoma Utbildning
- Tonnquist, B. Project Management. Sanoma
- Berndtson, R. Invest in Projects (will be made available as e-book in spring 2021)
The course is at undergraduate level and you can choose to accomplish the exam for 7,5 ECTS.
Assessment is based on individual written on-line exams, written hand-in group assignments, and active participation in group exercises and seminars.
One of the grades Distinction (VG), Pass (G), or Fail (U) is awarded in the examination of the course.
The course starts March 29 when the virtual collaboration platforms open, and the course ends with final exam June 5.
- Lectures & workshops will take place in the evening (CET 18:00-20:00) once a week and will introduce the participants to the three authors of course literature (week 1-3) as well as introducing senior project managers and international professors to share practical project experience.
- All meetings and workshops will be digital.
The following dates are our digital meetings:
- Module 1: Wednesday March 31, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 2: Wednesday April 7, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 3: Wednesday April 14, CET 18:00-20:00
- Exam 1 (multiple choice): Sunday April 18, CET 08:00-12:00
- Module 4: Wednesday April 21, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 5: Wednesday April 28, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 6: Wednesday May 5, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 7: Wednesday May 12, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 8: Wednesday May 19, CET 18:00-20:00
- Module 9: Wednesday May 26, CET 18:00-20:00
- Exam 2 (open book): Saturday June 5, CET 07:00-23:59
From Project Management at Karlstad Business School (part of Karlstad University)
Erik Månsson has a background from banking and financial industry in Sweden. Since 1998 Erik is based in Frankfurt am Main where he was involved in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) project in different roles for 10 years. Since 2002 he has been an assessor for international project excellence on behalf of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). In 2018 he started to focus on his passion for teaching by lecturing on Organisational Excellence and Maturity models at SKEMA Business School in Paris. Since January 2020 he is a lecturer for project management and leadership at Karlstad Business School specialised on distance teaching.
John Johansson has a background in IT where he has started and lead companies. He has a rich and diverse experience of combining management, leadership and technology in different IT-projects and roles. Since 2020 he is a full-time lecturer for project management and leadership at Karlstad Business School. John has written books about Leadership and recrutitment.
Bo Tonnqvist, author and lecturer on business development and project management both in Sweden and internationally (Edinburgh Business School).
Tomas Gustavsson, researcher and lecture in project management at Karlstad University with a PhD on agile methods and author of Agile Project Management.
Rolf Berndtson, author on project governance with a long experience of board functions, management consulting and project management.
Karin Appelgren, senior project manager at Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Agency) with IPMA B-certification as project manager as well as agile leadership. In 2020 Karin, as the first finalist ever from Sweden for IPMA global awards, was awarded a bronze medal in the category “Agile Leader of The Year”
Brane Semolic, PhD in Business Informatics at Maribor University in Slovenia and part-time professor in project management at the Crainfield College in South Africa.
Leif Henriksen, retired professor in engineering, innovation and project management at University of Sothern Denmark in Odense who continues to develop new knowledge with local and global partner.
The course fee is 19 700 SEK (1. 950 €) excl. VAT per person. Compulsory literature are not included in the fee.
VAT: Swedish VAT, 25%, will be charged on the course fee for all foreign or Swedish participants except for Swedish governmental organisations.
Terms of registration
Commissioned education is conducted in accordance with its regulations and turn to employees in the public sector, authorities and companies. To register for a commissioned education you have to be employed at a company or organization (not sole proprietorship). You can not participate as a private person. When you register your employer has to approve to your participation and will agree to receive an invoice for the costs of the education. The registration is binding and can not be cancelled. If the number of participants becomes too low we might have to cancel the education. In that case we let you know as soon as possible.
The course Towards PM 4.0 is currently a stand-alone module prototyping a building block towards a future master’s degree in project management under construction. The exact content of such a degree is still open enabling a co-creation process with a number of stakeholders to ensure relevance in a fast-changing world. A second pilot project module to be offered in autumn 2021 will focus on project leadership. Any of these modules may also be part of an Executive MBA that Karlstad University is developing in parallel for launch in the medium-term.