Team Learning in Projects – New Research on Learning Teams published by PMI

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has published Team Learning in Project: Theory and Practice, a new book resulting from research by Chantal Savelsbergh, PhD and Peter Storm, PhD.  The research and the book examine team learning and how to increase team learning rates, based on research into successful project teams.

According to the PMI summary: How can today’s project be done well? How can tomorrow’s project be done even better? These two classic questions are the foundation for Team Learning in Projects: Theory and Practice, a report of research conducted by Chantal Savelsbergh and Peter Storm. This research follows a previous effort that revealed a strong and positive relationship between team performance and team learning. In this report the researchers drop the second shoe by exploring how to increase team learning behaviors. Their investigation is based on the underlying principle that projects have two goals: to perform and to learn. Learning supports performance of current and future projects; performance stimulates the desire to improve and drives learning.

Team Learning in Projects answers two more-focused, research questions: Is it possible to increase the level of team learning within and among project teams with the aid of time-limited interventions? How do different conditions influence the effectiveness of these interventions? The answers are often not-so-surprising, but always informative for both improved understanding and guidance on a new path forward.

Chantal Savelsbergh, PhD is an associate professor at the Open University of the Netherlands.  She received a master’s degree in engineering and management at the university of Eindhoven. She started her career in business focusing on consultancy activities in ICT and HR management. After 13 years, she joined the faculty of management at the Open University of the Netherlands where she teaches and does research in the areas of teamwork, project management and human resource development. In 2010 she finished her PhD on team learning in project teams. She is also involved in coaching project managers in their professional development.

Peter Storm, PhD is head of Kennis & Co, the Hague, the Netherlands and former professor at the Open University of the Netherlands.

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Team Learning in Projects: Theory and Practice, by Chantal Savelsbergh, PhD and Peter Storm, PhD, published by PMI in the USA; ©2012, 90 pages, soft cover, ISBN 9781935589501; List price = US$24.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101316901

PMI members and students receive discounted pricing.