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2016/2017  BA-BHAAV1186U  Project Management

English Title
Project Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Spring, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Kjell Tryggestad - Department of Organization (IOA)
Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt/​student-hub
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 23-02-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Identify and explain theories/models from the course curriculum that are relevant to examine the challenges of managing real-life projects (i.e. the exam case)
  • Analyse real-life projects using relevant theories/models from the course curriculum to conclude on various aspects of such projects (i.e. the exam case)
  • Reflect on the course curriculum's theories/models and on how real-life projects (i.e. the exam case) are actually being managed in light of those theories/models, their assumptions and limitations
Course prerequisites
It is advantageous, but no prerequisite, to have some basic social science knowledge, especially in organization theory, sociology and managerial economics. Students enrolled at BA-Information management programme are not allowed to take this elective due to overlap.
Project Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
  • Written sit-in-exam on CBS' computers
  • Notes in paper format brought by the examinee
  • Access to personal drive (S-drive) on CBS' network
  • USB key to upload your notes before the exam
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
Make-up exam/re-exam Home assignment - written product
Size of written product: Max. 10 pages
Assignment type: Written assignment
Duration: Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Course content and structure

The course consists of three interrelated building bricks. The first brick consists of theories and theoretical models that enable us to analyse and answer the question of what the project is and what it can do. Here we also focus on the link between the project and its main constituencies, such as the project and the project stakeholders. The second brick consists of particular project-related topics such as project planning, project risk management and evaluating project success or failure. The third brick consists of analysis and discussions of concrete cases based on the course reading, like the Turning Torso (the construction of a Swedish skyscraper) or the major event, the Eurovision Song Contest. Students will be introduced to the project and its particular organizational form. What are the important project management tasks? What does the project require in terms of managerial actions and dispositions? What are the ‘tools of the trade’? This course addresses these questions, and more, and provides the students with an ability to reflect on as well project management tools, but also their assumptions and practical relevance.


In addition to developing a professional competence as a project manager, the course further seeks to develop your personal competences in analysing real-life projects, presenting in front of a class, and to solve group assignments. These more personal competences are important for any (project) management position.

Teaching methods
The method of teaching will be a combination of traditional class lectures subject to small exercises; group presentations followed by class discussion; and an extensive workshop session. The group presentations will be held by 4-6 students and there will be approx. two presentations per session (with a few exceptions). The presentations will be based on examinations of real-life projects. It is the aspiration of this course that all students will present at least once. In the middle of the course, there will also be an extensive workshop session, where we will go in-depth with one particular case and apply the readings of the course. This course will also make use of a student panel discussion, elevator speeches, brainstorm sessions, and more.
Student workload
Preparation (course readings, case material, etc.) 130 hours
Class attendance (12 sessions of 3 hours) 36 hours
Exam (the actual exam, preparing for the exam, etc.) 40 hours
Expected literature

The course literature consists of a textbook, research articles and book chapters.



  • Maylor, Harvey (2010): Project Management. Prentice Hall pp. Xiii-XXiii, 1-414.



  • Kreiner, Kristian (1995): In search of relevance: Project management in drifting environments. Scandinavian Journal of Management. Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 335-346
  • Enberg, C., Lindkvist, L. & Tell, F. (2006), Exploring the Dynamics of Knowledge Integration. Acting and Interacting in Project Teams. Management Learning, Vol. 37:2 (Pp. 143-165)
  • Lundin, Rolf A. & Söderholm, Anders (1995): A Theory of the Temporary Organization.Scandinavian Journal of Management. Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 437-455
  • Atkinson, Roger, Crawford, Lynn & Ward, Stephen (2006): Fundamental uncertainties in projects and the scope of project management. International Journal of Project Management. Vol. 24, pp. 687-698
  • Newcombe, Robert (2003): From client to project stakeholders: a stakeholder mapping approach. Construction Management & Economics. Vol. 21, No. 8, pp. 841 – 848
  • And more...



Last updated on 23-02-2016