Project Management Education in Central and Eastern Europe


IPMA Education and Training Series

By Vladimir Obradović, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Belgrade

IPMA Education and Training Board Member

Belgrade, Serbia



A number of studies indicate that project management is not one of the most common disciplines in highly ranked universities and is not very often taught neither on undergraduate nor on graduate programmes.

Recent work by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez (Nieto-Rodriguez, 2014) provides some thought-provoking results from a number of the top business schools.

According to his research that included the top 100 business schools as per the Financial Times ranking, the vast majority of them do not have project management-related subjects.

To be more precise – none of top 25 them have project management as a core subject, and only two them have it as an elective. Only two schools among first 100 MBA programmes teach project management as a compulsory subject:

  • Cranfield Schools of Management (ranked 26th in the world)
  • University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business (ranked 64th in the world).

Nieto-Rodriguez’s research offers two opinions as why this may be the case:

  • MBAs did not change substantially during the years.
  • Top management gurus do not foster project management as a discipline.     

Even though project management has emerged as an important discipline, there is no clear evidence of its value for the contemporary business environment. However, the author clearly stated that he believes that the majority of the MBA programmes would have project management as a compulsory subject in the future.

It took me by surprise that leading MBAs do not recognize project management as a key course in an executive education. Hence, I decided to conduct a research in order to determine the extent to which the discipline is present in Central and Eastern European Countries.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board or other IPMA leaders on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics. More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education.

About the Author      

pmwj34-May2015-Obradovic-PHOTOVladimir Obradović

University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

IPMA Education & Training Board Member

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Vladimir Obradović, PhD is an Assistant Professor at University of Belgrade, Director of the Serbian Project Management Association Certification Body, IPMA PE Assessor and EU Project Assessor. He has published over 70 papers on various management topics. Besides academic work, Vladimir works as a strategy and project management consultant for numerous organizations such as Government of Serbia, local government, NGOs and various companies.

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