IPMA Education & Training Board’s Series for the PMWJ: Developing the bouquet of IPMA Advanced Courses®


Specifically designed to provide unique training for experienced managers of projects

By Morten Fangel

Director, IPMA Advanced Courses ®

Copenhagen, Denmark


Prof John-Paris Pantouvakis

Chair, IPMA Education and Training Board

Athens, Greece

In today’s environment with the extensive movement of labour between countries the education of project managers needs not only to address the areas of tools and methodologies applications. There also needs to be a strong appreciation on understanding the cultural backgrounds of team participants.

For example, consider the operations of Google in one major European city. It has in excess of 2000 employees there with only 20% being natives– the balance coming from a plethora of other countries. Hence their project teams are comprised of many individuals with different nationalities and a diversity of cultures. The project manager in this context needs to exhibit subtle skills in interpreting the emphasis that different cultures place while responding to essentially the same issue.

When dealing in an international project environment it is interesting to note how accurate the generalisations of some national cultures actually are.  One can often readily observe national traits such as the British” Bulldog”, the American “lets get on with it”, the Prussian” attention to detail” and the Nordic desire for consensus which we focus on here.

Project management in any context reflects some culturally determined values that do not change that much – even over a period of a thousand years. This is one of the objects of consideration for the design of the IPMA Advanced Courses® which aim through international interaction to the advancement of the practice of project management.

More specifically, the purpose of the IPMA Advanced Courses® is double. One is to offer unique opportunities for experienced professionals to expanding their project and programme management competencies, whether they seek more experience or want to improve technical or behavioural skills.


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Editor’s note: This is the 5th in a series of articles provided by the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board 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 Authors 

pmwj15-oct2013-fangel-AUTHOR IMAGE 1flag-denmarkMorten Fangel

Copenhagen, Denmark

Morten Fangel is Managing Director and Chief Consultant of Fangel Consultants Ltd. and one of the founders of the Danish Project Management Association, (IPMA Denmark) of which he today is the Managing Director.  Morten is also member of four other Nordic PM Associations, the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the Project Management Institute (PMI ®) and the Association of Certified Management Consultants (CMC).   He is former president, past Chair and an Honorary Fellow of IPMA, and an honorary member of the Icelandic Project Management Association.

Morten Fangel holds a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. in industrial research from the Technical University of Denmark and a Diploma in Economics degree from the CopenhagenBusinessSchool.  After years in consulting Engineering companies, he founded Fangel Consultants Ltd., from where he has more than three decades of experience in management consulting.

Morten Fangel has introduced and is a specialist in methodologies for project preparation and start-up, and for planning and evaluation of project management. He also organizes and teaches the annual IPMA Advanced Courses.  Morten can be contacted at [email protected]

flag-greecejohn-paris-pantouvakisJohn-Paris Pantouvakis 

Athens, Greece 

John-Paris Pantouvakis, M.Eng., M.Sc., PhD, C.Eng; following a ten year career in industry moved to Academia and is now an Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Construction Innovation at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). John-Paris is also an Adjunct Lecturer and a Postgraduate Module Coordinator at the Hellenic Open University. He is the President of PM-Greece, the Greek IPMA Member, the Chair of the IPMA Education & Training Board, a First Assessor for IPMA Certification in Greece and an IPMA Project Excellence Awards Assessor. He also serves as a Member of the Editorial Board of several Journals and as an International Editorial Advisor for the PMWorld Journal. He has organized several project management events in Greece including chairing the recent 26th IPMA World Congress (2012). More information is available at his personal website (http://users.ntua.gr/jpp/jpp_en.htm).