Course syllabus

Welcome to IBB136 Project management Fall 2019 (7.5 hp)! This course is offered by the department of Technology Management and Economics.

For complete information (including examination, course activities, contacts, etc.), please download the entire course PM here.

Course purpose

The course aims to impart knowledge on project work, i.e. the organization leadership and control of project activity. The course also aims to prepare the student for project-related work. This will be achieved by practicing skills in communication and group dynamics. The course covers general knowledge on what is meant by a project and when project model can/should be used, project leadership, various approaches for organization of projects, project start-ups, project evaluation, etc. It provides insight into group interaction theory as well as developing skills in the subject. The course encompasses both practical and theoretical components.


Please follow the schedule on TimeEdit. Any changes to schedule will be updated on TimeEdit. 

Course literature

The reading list for each lecture or seminar(i.e. what to read and when) is available here.

Course book:

Bo Tonnquist (2018) Project Management, Stockholm: Sanoma Utbildning. ISBN: 9789152355992 (available at Chalmers Store )

Scientific articles (all articles are available on Chalmers library website. The book chapter is available on Canvas):

Aaltonen, K., & Kujala, J. (2010). A project lifecycle perspective on stakeholder influence strategies in global projects. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26(4), 381-397

Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching Smart People How to Learn. Harvard Business Review, 69(3),99-109.

Buchanan, D., & Badham, R. (1999). Politics and Organizational Change: The Lived Experience. Human Relations, 52(5), 609-629.

Engwall, M. (2003). No project is an island: linking projects to history and context, Research Policy, 32, 789-808.

Ford et al (2003) “Managing Relationships with Suppliers” in Managing Business Relationships, Second edition, Wiley and Sons, New York

Hobday, M. (2000). The project-based organization: An ideal form for managing complex products and systems?, Research Policy, 29(7-8), 871-893

Meyer A, Loch C, Pich, M (2002) Managing Project Uncertainty: From Variation to Chaos, Sloan Management Review, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p60-67.

Reid, E. and de Brentani, U. (2004). The fuzzy front end of new product development for discontinuous innovation: a theoretical model. Journal of Product Innovation Management, (21), 170-184.

Schwaber K. (1997) SCRUM Development Process. In: Sutherland J., Casanave C., Miller J., Patel P., Hollowell G. (eds) Business Object Design and Implementation. Springer, London

Takeuchi, H. and Nonaka, I., 1986. The new new product development game. Harvard Business Review, 64(1), pp.137-146.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Describe basic project management concepts and tools
  • Apply project management theories to analyze the specific characteristics of industrial projects and based on this suggest appropriate ways to manage the projects
  • Frame, analyze and solve managerial problems in project settings using appropriate literature
  • Use literature to critically evaluate project management models
  • Structure and organize projects of a not too complicated nature

Link to Study plan

Course summary:

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