A85645 Managing project and multi-cultural organisations

Scuola di Economia e Management
Syllabus
Academic Year 2019/20 First Semester

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Docente TitolareAndrea Martone
E-mailamartone@liuc.it
OfficeBuilding M11 wing 2, First floor
Phone0331 572209

Learning Objectives

Project management can be defined as a technique which ensures progress toward objectives and proper deployment of human and strategic resources. A project is an extraordinary activity, aiming to introduce innovation inside the organization. An organisation can learn new managerial tools for the business system from the projects. New sectors of the economy are learning the ways to improve their results (from project techniques).
The course objective is to introduce advanced methods of project and system management in a realistic context, so they can be taken back to the workplace to improve innovative and operative activities management .
System and project management can be useful for:
▪ Change management;
▪ Developing integration between functions and business units;
▪ Team building;
▪ Introducing advanced tools for planning and budgeting.
The course aims to deploy system management not only regarding technical instruments, but also the managerial and organizational philosophy of the learning organisation.

Learning targets

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. apply the four basic technique of project management: WBS, OBS, GANTT Chart and OBS;
  2. design appropriate organization for a project team;
  3. manage a project team considering the behavioral implication of a team working;
  4. adopt a system thinking model in the decision making processes.

Course Content

The course topics are:

Projects' Structure

  1. Projects & Project Management: definitions, characteristics, history and current scenario.
  2. WBS - goals settings: division of a project in manageable activities,  structure and graphic representation
  3. OBS - goals settings: organization of people who work on the project, structure and graphic representation
  4. RAM: Assign resources to activities
  5. Project Management Organization Structure
  6. Project Timing: The Gantt Diagram – How to manage project time
  7. Budgeting and costs analysis

Projects' Tools

  1. Introduction to Project Management's Softwares

Projects' Soft Skills

  1. Team Building & Team Working
  2. Leadership
  3. Organizational Culture in International ContestThe Decision making

Course Delivery

The course will run under a workshop format requiring active students’ involvement. Lectures are held throughout the entire semester.

Students will apply the techinique of project management in a real contest choosen by the student (industrial, service or institutions). They are responsible for organizing the research and make a public presentation.

In preparing for lectures students are required to read the slides, but are also invited to extend their reading to related papers selected by the instructors.

Students are responsible for consulting on a regular basis the website of the course on “my.liuc.it” where updates, additional material and slides about the course are posted. No excuse accepted for any failure during the course you may incur into due to a delayed consultation of the website. 

Course Evaluation

There is a different assessment system for attendant and non attedant students

Attendants

An attendant student has to participate at least 75% of the course’s lessons. The exam implies two evaluation’s tools:

  • A Project work on the Case Study (structure, contents, punctuality at WiP sessions, active participation will be considered) - 40% of the final evaluation;
  • A Final written test (multiple choice & open questions) - 40% of the final evaluation.
  • Partecipation to the class sessions

Non-attendants

All other students can give the exam with an oral discussion during any examination session. For the Italian students the final mark has to be formally registered in the summer session..

Syllabus

Session 1
25/09/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

Introduction to the course: goals, methods and tools. Projects & Project Management: definitions, characteristics, history and current scenario. The assignment: groups, rules, forms WBS: structure and graphic representation WBS – main elements: WP and milestones

Readings:

Session 2
02/10/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

OBS - goals settings: organization of people who work on the project OBS: structure and graphic representation Project Management Organization Structure RAM: Assign resources & responsibilities to activities How to manage project time Project Timing: The Gantt Diagram Following the work in progress of a project

Readings:

Session 3
09/10/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

CBS, budgeting and costs analysis

 

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Session 4
16/10/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

Multicultural Organisation

Readings:

Session 5
24/10/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: M. Ramponi

Topics:

Assignments Start-Up

Readings:

Session 6
06/11/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

Project Management & Organisation Behaviour

Readings:

Session 7
13/11/2019
Hours of lesson: 2
Instructor:

Topics:

Test

Readings:

Session 8
20/11/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: M. Ramponi

Topics:

How to create an effective Project Team

Readings:

Session 9
21/11/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: M. Ramponi

Topics:

How to create an effective Project Team

Readings:

Session 10
27/11/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: M. Ramponi

Topics:

Assignments’ Intermediate Presentation

Readings:

Session 11
29/11/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: M. Ramponi

Topics:

Lab.: A Software to manage Projects

Readings:

Session 12
06/12/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: M. Ramponi

Topics:

Lab.: A Software to manage Projects

Readings:

Session 13
11/12/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

Coaching to Assignments

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Session 14
18/12/2019
Hours of lesson: 4
Instructor: A. Martone

Topics:

Assignments’ Presentation

Readings:


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