Teaching project management through experiential learning

study abroad classes are not just for foreign languages

The construction industry is becoming increasingly global and the role of the project manager now includes many front-end services, which increases the required skill set of new university graduates. Alternative contractual delivery systems, collaborative partnerships, new management initiatives, and global product markets require students to have a broader awareness of project management issues outside the United States. Therefore, this class was offered as an alternative senior capstone project and involved analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting on information collected during a five week European study abroad class. The class travelled to London, Rome, Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Paris, along with several day trips to other smaller cities. The overall goal of the class was to expose students to companies, projects, practices, and project management professionals in a culture that they would never be exposed to otherwise. There were three project management-related visits per city (i.e. construction pro
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