Project management education for the 21st century
The discipline of project management has repeatedly proven itself as a method suitable for administering complex tasks. As projects continue to become more complex and costly, the field now needs a process for effectively educating and training the next generation of project managers. This article examines the major challenges involved in meeting this need and suggests a process for creating project management educational programming, an outline informed by the authors fifteen years of professional field practice and his numerous discussions with similarly experienced professionals. In doing so, it details four major competencies, identifying and defining each competencys key elements, competencies that include project management tools, organizational design concepts, behavioral issues, and emerging concepts. It then describes five approaches to acquiring professional-level project management knowledge and skills; it outlines a seven-phase project management learning system.