Project Management: A Practitioner’s Approach to the Managerial Process, Spring 2019, Aarhus

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Spring semester 2018 (05-07.02.2019 & 30.04 -01.05.2019)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: First module three days and second module two days. Course participants will also be doing individual and group assignment between the two modules
Capacity limits: Min. 12 and max. 24 participants

Objectives of the course:
The objective of the course is to take a practitioners approach to project management focusing on both technical and sociocultural skills.

The course is not targeted at project planning and controlling PhD students PhD project

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe, analyze and apply technical and sociocultural project management methods, models and tools related to the managerial process of a project
  • List, select and apply relevant methods, models, and tools to manage the lifecycle of an project
  • Manage and execute low to medium complex projects

Compulsory programme:

  • Five course days with active participation. Participants who are absent more than one day will not be able to pass the course unless special arrangement has been agreed with the course lecturers
  • Individual/group assignment which is part of the assessment. Each student will be asked to select a “real life” project in an organization, which should be examined in an empirical study. The project can be any type in private or public organizations as well as research projects. The assignment can be fulfilled either individually or in groups of maximum three students, however the exam report is prepared individually

Course contents:

Technical skills:

  • Scope, WBS, schedules, resource allocation, budgets, organization, resources and risks

Sociocultural skills:

  • Leadership, problem solving, teamwork, negotiation, politics and customer expectations

Project life cycle skills (inspired by PRINCE2-2009):

  • Initiating, directing, controlling and closing a project. Managing product delivery and stage boundary

It is recommended, but not a prerequisite, that the student has a basic knowledge about projects either obtained from work in organizations, being part of research project(s) or others.

Name of lecturer(s):

  • Course Coordinator & lecturer: Per Svejvig, Associate Professor, PhD, Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University
  • External lecturer: Carsten Nielsen, Project Management Consultant, Capgemini Sogeti Danmark A/S

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises, group work, discussions, individual/group assignment analyzing a specific project in an organization, presentations and short paper


  • Gray, C. F., & Larson, E. W. (2011). Project management: the managerial process (Fifth international edition ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
  • Office of Government Commerce (2009). Managing successful projects with PRINCE2. London, TSO.
  • Selected journal papers

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Short paper of 5-10 pages analyzing a specific project from the individual/group assignment. Evaluation is passed/not passed

Department of Management, Business and Social Science and Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University

Special comments on this course:
The teachers of this course have extensive project management experience from industry supporting the objective of teaching professional knowledge


Module 1:

  • Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at 9-18
  • Wednesday, 6 February 2019 at 9-18
  • Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 9-16

Module 2:

  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 9-18
  • Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 9-16

AU Aarhus Campus – building and room to be announced

No show fee:
Please note the following: As from 2017, a no-show fee is introduced at GSST’s transferable skills courses for course participants who do not show up at the course or cancel their course participation after the course registration deadline – unless they can provide a Doctor’s note. The no-show fee will be DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS). The no-show fee is introduced because GSST has experienced many late cancellations, thus preventing people from the waiting lists to have a seat at the courses.

Deadline for registration is Friday, 14 December 2018. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Monday, 17 December 2019.

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

Registration for participants from Aarhus University:

Registration for participants from other universities:

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Liselotte K. Heller, GSST (