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Project Management (19CBA80290)

General information






S semester

ECTS Credits:


Teaching Staff:

Group Teacher Department Language
Pablo Vega de Llergo Cornish Dirección General y Estrategia ENG



Previous Knowledge



Project Management (PM) can be defined as "the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholders needs and expectations from a project? (Project Management Institute, 1998) and covers a wide range of situations and activities, directed primarily at causing change. For example, PM can be used in implementing new strategies, developing new products, or changing specific processes within the organization.

Specific objectives of this course include:
Improving technical skills
There are a number of issues that are specific to projects, especially in relation to planning and control of time and budgets. During this course, you will have the opportunity to analyze and practice helpful tools and techniques to develop projects. By the end of the course, you will have a range of new technical skills, which will help you to be more successful when participating or leading projects.

Improving interpersonal skills
While technical skills are key to have a frame work to develop projects, to be successful in project management developing interpersonal skills is a must. Thus, this course puts strong emphasis on these skills, among others you have: team building, customer expectations, assessing stakeholders interests, communication and presentation skills, etc. Experience from experts will be shared to help you develop skills of your own.

Improving intellectual skills
In many ways, project management requires integration of intellectual skills. So during this course, you will be asked to analyze and assess complex problems; reach decisions; and then synthesize your learning into action plans and simulated "real life? projects. This will require you not only to read and study what others have done, but also to develop your abilities to think innovatively, laterally and holistically. This in turn will assist you in implementing your projects.

Course Learning Objectives

The aim of this course is to enable you to contribute to the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of organizational projects in order to link strategy to execution while improving your managerial practice.



The Project Life-Cycle
There are a number of variations on a theme when it comes to describing a project life cycle. Some frameworks use a three-stage life cycle; others use up to nine stages. Here, we will review a five-stage life cycle:

Project Initiation
How do projects begin? In some cases, the need for change will come from the external environment or the competitive environment. In other cases, the need might arise from within the organization.

Project Definition
Once you have identified a need, it is important to define more precisely what the outcomes will be and how they will be achieved.

Project Planning
In this stage, the detailed plans are drawn up, including schedules and budgets, so that everyone in the team knows what exactly is expected from them.

Project Execution & Control
Now the project is actually put into practice and things begin to happen. As long as the planning has been effective, this stage should proceed without obstacles. Too often however, difficulties arise which make this stage the most problematic of all.

Project Closure
Once the project has been completed, an evaluation process should take place. All too often, this is overlooked in the relief of having completed the project, and yet it is important that it should take place, since in future the lessons learnt can be applied and project management improved.


What is Project Management?
What is a project?
Project vs operational work
Project and strategic planning
What is Project Management?
The PM Knowledge Areas


Methodology used consists of different teaching tools:
Lecture presentations of the key tools, techniques and skills required for a successful project management.
Discussion of business cases specific in PM tools & skills practice.
Link to business: Project presentations & discussions by Guest Speakers experienced in Project Management.
Team Project Assignment: practical application: Project selection, preliminary presentation and final presentations.

This course is considered open book, to enable people to share their experience and opinion in project management to enhance the collective learning experience of all.

The course language will be English. The team products and presentation must be delivered in English.



Description %
Individual assessment 50
Team assessment 50

Assessment criteria

The assessment of course work will consist of two parts:
Individual assessment (50%)
Based on attendance, active participation*, individual assignments (cases), a peer evaluation on the project contribution and a multiple choice open book & computer quiz (to help you identify areas of strength and weakness).

*Active participation, in the form of insights, practical examples, questions, etc. will be rewarded on an individual basis. Focus will be on the contributions' quality rather than on quantity.

Team assessment (50%)
During the course, you will be asked to work in a team on a specific project (chosen by the team). This is a team responsibility for the final outcome, which simulate how it happens in the real world. The assessment is broken down into 3 deliverables (Project selection, 1st presentation, and final presentation) and a class assessment. Both presentations will be delivered to a simulated "steering committee?. The team score will be allocated to the all team members.


E. Verzuh, "The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management", John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008.
H. Ken Bowen, "Project Management Manual", Harvard Business School, 2002.
"Managing Projects Large & Small", Harvard Business Publishing, 2004

Coordinator: Prof. Pablo VEGA -
Associate Professor of Strategy & General Management at ESADE since year 2000.
Finance program " ESADE, Madrid; MSc Science and Technology Policy - Sussex University, UK; MBA - ITAM, Mexico; BSc Chemical Engineering " UIA, Mexico; Fully trained Six Sigma Black Belt + executive trainings from various institutions.
Senior management roles in companies like Sun Microsystems and Procter & Gamble and Ricoh.
Subjects of interest: Project management, Strategy Deployment, Emerging Markets, Change Management & Leadership.

Prof. Martín GUILLEN -
Associate Professor for the General Management & Strategy department at ESADE since year 2010.
Industrial Engineer, specialty Automation (UPC), Project Management Professional, PMP certified (Project Management Institute), ITIL Expert certified, Master in Computer Security and Management (esCERT, UPC)
Working in Technology Projects since 2000 at multinational companies (Atos, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Econocom). Currently working as a Sales Executive for a Digital Technology Management & Financing company.
Subjects of interest: Project and Service management, Capital Markets and Ironman Triathlons

Academic Collaborator for the General Management & Strategy department at ESADE since year 2017.
Project Coordinator at ESADE Alumni Social
Educational Background. MSc Civil Engineering UPC Barcelona and EMBA ESADE
PM in Construction Projects from 2004 to 2012
From 2012, Technical Director in a Construction company focused in new contracts in Latin America.
Subjects of Interest: Sustainable Development, Social Consultancy, Change Leadership, music composition.

Timetable and sections

Group Teacher Department
Pablo Vega de Llergo Cornish Dirección General y Estrategia