The Role of Academic Institutions in Educating Project Managers



New series of articles on project management education and training by University of Reykjavik Professors Ingason and Jonasson launched in February

15 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – The PM World Journal (PMWJ) has launched a new monthly series of articles on project management education and training. The Role of Academic Institutions in Educating and Training Project Managers is a new article by Prof Helgi Thor Ingason and Dr Haukur Ingi Jonasson at the University of Reykjavik in Iceland. The article is the first in a new series published in the PM World Journal.

According to the authors: “‘Over the last two decades we, as academics who focus specifically on teaching, training and doing research in project management, have noticed how project management, as a discipline, is undergoing a major shift. Project management has evolved from being offered solely in the form of short courses with a rather narrow technical focus within engineering and business schools—typically in the form of CE (continuous education) courses—to becoming a rich academic discipline with a sharp practical focus…

Through this series of short articles we would like to share our experience and philosophy with the readers of the PM World Journal; how we envision project management as a discipline and the role of educational institutions in promoting higher-level professional project management. We view project management education, research and training as the key success factor for business organisations in the future.”

150215-pmwj32-new-INGASONHelgi Thor Ingason holds a PhD in process metallurgy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), MSc in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Iceland and a Stanford Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. He is an IPMA Certified Senior Project Manager (B level). Dr. Ingason is an associate professor at Reykjavik University and the head of the MPM – Master of Project Management – program at the university. For more about Prof Ingason, click here.

150215-pmwj32-new-JONASSON2Haukur Ingi Jonasson, PhD is an assistant professor and chairman of the Board for the MPM – Master of Project Management – program at Reykjavik University in Iceland. He is also a psychoanalyst in private practice and a management consultant at Nordic Consulting Group ehf. Dr. Jonasson is also a mountain climber and a member of the Reykjavik Mountaineering Air Ground Search and Rescue Squad. He is co-author with Helgi Thor Ingason of Project Ethics, published by Gower (UK) in 2013. For more about Dr. Jonasson, click here.

According to David Pells, PMWJ Management Editor, “It is widely known that there is a global shortage of qualified project managers today, in many locations and industries. Education plays a critical role in preparing professionals and future managers for the challenges of a more project-based economy. Academic institutions are at the forefront of project management education, for good reason. It is one of their primary roles in today’s society. I look forward to seeing what Prof Ingason and Dr Jonasson have to say about this.”

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