Project Management (PM)
in the Frame of the Master of International Business (MIB)

Admission Requirements

4 year academic degree (Bachelor's German "Diplom" or equivalent) in Economics or Business Administration (for holders of 3 year degrees, a year's professional experience is required); Proof of English language ability The number of students will not exeed 32 persons.

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The course covers module 4.2 "Contemporary Management Issues" of the Master of International Business Programme. It is planned as follows:

A Block Seminar 1: Basics in Project Management
  1. Kick-off
  2. Project Management - General Issues
  3. Hands on Projects: A Case Study
    1. 3.1 Building Teams
    2. 3.2 Teams at work with a 60' deadline to meet
    3. 3.3 Short presentation of team results
    4. 3.4 Evaluation and discussion of issues to be taught/learned
  4. The Art of Project Management - What is it about?
  5. Selected Project Management Issue: Project Organisation (optional)
  6. Introduction to presentation techniques
    1. 6.1. Oral presentation
    2. 6.2. Written documentation
Block Seminar 2: Advanced Project Management
  1. A Project Management Example: Developing a "real" product
    1. 7.1 Building teams (max. 4 persons per team)
    2. 7.2 The objective (with deadlines and project structure)
    3. 7.3 Current situation and problem analysis
    4. 7.4 System Requirements (for project tender, offer and contract)
    5. 7.5 Ideal solution
    6. 7.6 Realisation concept
    7. 7.7 Presentation of results
    8. 7.8 Defining the winning team
    9. 7.9 Getting to know, how "professionals" worked out the project
  2. Selected Project Management Issue: Project Monitoring and Accelereation of Product Development Projects (partly optional) OR (alternatively) How to find out what a project partner wants
B Mid-term Exam and Distribution of Subjects for Team Elaboration
  1. Individual Exam on Part A, 1-8
  2. Selection / choice of contemporary subjects to be detailed in formerly formed teams (see 7.1) with given due date at the end of semester (see D)
  3. Presentation techniques' specification
C Project Consultation

per team
D Presentation Due Days: Contemporary Issues in Project Management
  1. Presentation of team results with video recording
  2. Discussion on presented subjects' content
  3. Discussion on applied presentation techniques with video feedback
  4. Individual coaching of the teams
  5. Review and evaluation

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Times and dates

This seminar was first held in winter semester 2003/2004 and regularly offered until 2009. The seminar covers 60 hours and is usually devided into two block seminars at the beginning of the semester and final project presentation sessions at the end of the semester. Several project consultations during the semester round off the course. The general schedule is as follows:

A - Block Seminars: 2 times 2 days at beginning of semester

B - Mid-term Exam: 2 weeks after second block seminar

C - Project Consultation: during semester; to be precised with the participants

D - Final Presentation of Project Results / Due Days: End of semester

In case there is no block seminar due to a high number of participants, as was/is the case in summer semester 2008 and 2009, the procedure of the term is presented in the beginning of the first class. The programme for the last term can be downloaded here:

Project Management Seminar Programme 2009 (download)

Students will have to attend the weekly sessions to gain knowledge about basic and advanced issues, to apply this knowledge in a real project in work groups and professionally present selected issues and examples in front of the class audience, with (video) feedback and discussion.

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Study Trips / Company Visits

Monday May 11th. 2009
8:00 - 16:00 hrs
FUTURE workshop with
ARGOteam, Berlin

Fraunhofer FhG IPK Berlin
Virtual Reality Lab.
Meeting 9:45 Uhr (precisely!) at
Pascalstr. 8-9
10587 Berlin (Moabit)

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A handout (in English language only) will be distributed for inscribed participants at the beginning of the course.

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Recommended Reading (Extract)

Five books are recommended as background reading, the second title (Gray/Larson) is considered as fundamental:
  • Crawford, M.; Di Benedetto, A.: New Products Management. 8th edition. New York: MacGraw-Hill, 2006
  • Gray, C.F.; Larson, E.W.: Project Management - The Managerial Process. 4th edition. Boston:McGraw-Hill, 2007.
  • Maylor, H.: Project Management. 3rd edition. Edinburgh: Pearson, 2003.
  • Meredith, J. R.; Mantel S. J. Jr.: Project Management - A managerial Approach. 5th edition, Wiley, 2003.
  • Trott, P.: Innovation Management and New Product Development. 3rd edition. Edinburgh: Pearson, 2005.

Author Title Year Publisher Place
Boddy, D.: Managing Projects. Building and leading the team. 2002 Pearson Education Edinburgh
Burghardt, M.: Einführung in Projektmanagement 1995 Publics MCD Verlag Erlangen
Crawford, M.;
Di Benedetto, A.:
New Products Management,
8th edition
2006 MacGrawHill New York
DeMarco, T.: Der Termin - Ein Roman über Projektmanagement 1998 Hanser Verlag München
DeMarco, T.;
Lister, T.:
Bärentango - Mit Risikomanagement Projekte zum Erfolg führen. 2003 Hanser Verlag München
Deutscher Manager-Verband e.V. Handbuch Soft Skills. Band III: Methodenkompetenz 2004 vdf Hochschulverband AG an der ETH Zürich Zürich/Singen
Gray, C. F.;
Larson, E. W.:
Project Management - The managerial process.
4th edition.
2007 McGraw Hill Boston
Gershenfeld, N.A.: Fab: the coming revolution on your desktop - from personal computers to personal fabrication 2005 Basic Books New York
Jenny, B.: Projektmanagement,
2. durchgesehene Auflage
2005 vdf Hochschulverband AG an der ETH Zürich Zürich/Singen
Kelley, T.;
Littman, J.:
The Art of Innovation 2001 Profile Books Ltd. London
Maylor, H.: Project Management, 3rd edition 2003 Pearson Edinburgh
Mayershofer, D.;
Kröger, H.A.:
Prozesskompetenz in der Projektarbeit. 2001 Windmühle Hamburg
Meredith, J.R.;
Mantel Jr., S.J.:
Project Management - A managerial Approach;
5ht Edition
2003 John Wiley & Sons Inc. New York
Narayanan, V. K.: Managing Technology and Innovation for Competitive Advantage 2001 Prentice Hall New Jersey
Newbold, R.C.: Project Mangagement in the Fast Lane - Applying the Theory of Constraints 1998 St. Lucie Press Boca Raton
Peters, T.: The Circle of Innovation 1997 A. Knopf Inc. New York
v. Pierer, H.;
v. Oetinger, B.:
Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt? 1999 Rowohlt Hamburg
Schwarze, J.: Netzplantechnik: Eine Einführung in des Projektmanagement,
7. Auflage
1994 Verlag NWB Herne
Schweizer, P.: Systematisch Lösungen finden,
3. Auflage
2008 vdf Hochschulverlag AG Zürich
Schweizer, P.: Systematisch Lösungen realisieren 2008 vdf Hochschulverlag AG Zürich
Seibert, S.: Technisches Management:
Innovationsmanagement, Projektmanagement, Qualitätsmanagement
1998 B. G. Teubner Stuttgart, Leipzig
Stein, F.: Projektmanagement für die Produktentwicklung. Organisation - Strategien - Erfolgsfaktoren. 2004 expert Verlag Renningen
Stiftung BWI der ETH Zürich (Hrsg.): Projekt-Management - Der Leitfaden der Stiftung BWI zu Teamführung und Methodik,
6.,überarbeitete Auflage
1999 Verlag Industrielle Organisation Zürich
Trott, P.: Innovation Management and New Product Development.
3rd edition
2005 Pearson Education Edinburgh
Weintraub, S.: The hidden Intelligence. Innovation through Intuition. 1998 Buttterworth-Heinemann USA
Zusman, A.:
Directed Evolution 2002 Ideation Int. Southfield,

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Further Links

Former evaluation results for this course, see evaluation.htm

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