Project Leadership and Change Management (PLCM)

Course description

For many organizations in the private and public sectors, projects are a fundamental part of the way they operate: adoption of IT-systems, product development, process improvement, and many other types of projects are often run simultaneously within and across operations. Managing such projects is a complex task, as they span divisional borders, resources, and capabilities, and must be adjusted to different stakeholder expectations in different business environments.

The course in Project Leadership and Change Management aims to provide the student with an understanding of how to manage projects in different types of organizations, by providing the student with theoretical perspectives, analytical tools, and methods for defining, designing, executing, and developing projects. This involves discussions about commonly used structures and frameworks for project management, but also critical reflection about how to develop a strategy, and how the strategy can be put into practice through planning, budgeting, risk management, organization, and project prioritization and improvement. The course also discusses organizational resistance and how to manage people in change.

Intended Learning Outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes

The course gives the students comprehensive understanding of theoretical perspective, management concepts, analytical tools, and methods used in project management. Upon completion, the student will have a theoretical understanding of project management, a tool-box for defining, designing, executing, and developing projects, and will be able to critically evaluate how and when these perspectives and tools apply.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. Describe and explain different frameworks for, and theoretical perspectives of, project management, as well as concepts, methods, and approaches used in project management.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the difficulties of managing organizational change.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology in project management.

Skills and abilities

4. Apply analytical tools and methods to project definition, design, execution, and development, and identify possible sources of project failure.

Judgement and approach

5. Evaluate organizational situations and manage projects appropriately, actively avoiding sources of project failure.

6. Critically evaluate the role and contribution of research to project management in different organizational situations.

Please Note !

There will be no new admissions to this course.

Course title:
Project Leadership and Change Management
Semester: Spring term 2019
Study period: 3 4
Rate of studies: 50%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English


Course coordinator:
Toivo Lepp
Head of course:
Carl Olsmats


Dwaikat Nidal
Olsmats Carl
Martin Ekblom, Con-sultant and manager with long-time experi-ence from e.g. Ragn-Sells, Tibnor and M
Paula Lembke, Strategic Marketing Director with experience in lead-ership, business devel-opment and