Discourses of Project Management
This module aims to reflect some of the key debates that senior managers would have about the management of projects within a mature project-based organisation.
On successful completion of the module students should be able to engage in an informed dialogue with project practitioners about key dimensions of project management practice. They should be able to place a contextually relevant approach to project management within discourses of project management governance, strategy, and learning.
In addition, students should be able to engage in systematic research about project management practice(s) and to place these within a systemic project management framework. This ability to locate their research within broader themes of project management practice will provide an intellectual grounding for their future professional development.
Through the learning activities and assessment, the module aims to help participants to explore and make explicit how their practice is underpinned by the following professional values:
- Appreciating ‘problem situation’ context, process and content
- Initiating, creating and developing working groups, communities and teams
- Balancing ‘thoughtful’ with ‘purposeful’ actio
Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Appreciate the management of projects from a rigorous holistic perspective
- Understand and enter into dialogue about key discourses and debates within the practice of project management in small and medium-sized projects
- Build upon previously acquired knowledge in order to apply contextually appropriate tools and techniques for project selection, project definition, project planning and execution and project close-out
- Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in their practice
Tutor: Stephen Barron