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    Project Management (Elective)



    Follow-up / Interfaces:

    Change Management & Entrepreneurship


    Pre-reading and preparation tasks


    Lecture, project work, computer simulation,
    case studies, individual tasks, plenum discussions


    Term Paper

    ECTS points:



    Uwe Dietrich

    Aims and objectives:

    The aim of this course is to enable students to use the full range of modern methods of business transformation. This includes organizational design, process design and IT selection and implementation. Participants will be enabled to perform the whole consulting process from analysis to solution of a problem. Concepts and tools of project management will lay the foundation for successful organizational change.

    General learning objectives:

    Participants who are on a general manager career path should be able to enhance their general management knowledge by the methods to create lean processes, an in-depth view on how to implement these new processes based on project management and change management methodologies and ways to explore the demands of their customers.
    Graduates are capable of applying their problem solutions to their business environment.
    Graduates are convinced that trying first to analyse a business problem, than to apply theoretical concepts and bench-marked ideas to develop a problem solution, and finally implementing the solution in a change oriented manner is the key approach for any kind of business & management task.

    Detailed learning outcomes:

    • Understand the principles and value of business process management in the context of business transformation
    • Know the concepts of process management and how this is linked into holistic ERP transformations
    • Learn basic skills in process modeling using current techniques as well as state of the art BPM suites
    • Know and apply project management fundamentals

    Course textbooks:

    Project Management: Project Management Institute (2013). A guide to the project management body of knowledge (5th edition). PMI.

    Hammer, M. & Champy, J. (2001). Process design: Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution. Harper Paperbacks.

    Content of Project Management & Organisational Redesign:

    1. International project management 

    • Project Scope Management
    • Project Time Management
    • Project Cost Management
    • Project Quality Management
    • Project Human Resources and Communications Management
    • Intensive Project Simulation with Simulationssoftware

    2. Process design 

    • Reengineering
    • Process design criteria
    • Implementation of new processes 

    3. IT system selection and implementation 

    • Selection criteria and processes
    • Development and customizing of IT systems
    • Implementation of IT systems 

    Recommended supplemental readings: 

    Becker, J. Kugeler, M. & M. Rosemann (2010). Process Management: A Guide for the Design of Business Processes. Springer.

    Chatfield, C. & Johnson, T. (2007). Microsoft Office Project 2007 step by step. Microsoft Press.

    Daft, R.L. (2004). Organization theory and design. Mason: Thompson South Western.

    Garton, C. & McCulloch, E. (2004). Fundamentals of technology project management. MC Press.

    Goldratt, E.M. (1997). Critical chain – a business novel. North River.

    Hollander, N. (2000). A guide to software package evaluation and selection. Amacom.

    Meredith, J.R. & Mantel, J.M. (2008). Project Management – a managerial approach, 7th edition. Wiley-Blackwell

    Schein, E.H. (1988). Process Consultation: Its rol in organization development. Addison-Wesley.