Project Management Institute

Methodologies for teaching project management in the classroom

In the 1960s, project managers were trained on-the-job; in the 1970s, they attended external seminars that either extended when they learned on-the-job or replaced it with canned packages lacking depth and practicality. In the 1980s, project manager training--because of efforts such as PMI's certification program--is now shifting to the college campus. This paper discusses the undergraduate- and graduate-level training and development methods that college and university instructors use to teach project management, methods involving instructor roles, visual aids, case study critiques, personal interviews, simulation games and exercises, and guest lecturers.
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