School of Business, Management and Economics

Managing Virtual Projects (951N1)

Managing Virtual Projects

Module 951N1

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

Project teams are becoming increasingly virtual, involving members from different countries who work together via information and communication technologies (ICTs). This change affects how projects are managed in a number of industries, including consulting, engineering, hi-tech, marketing, and financial services, among many others. The aim of this module is to explore how virtual project teams (VPTs) can be managed effectively. In doing so, it (a) introduces relevant theories from the field of virtuality; (b) assesses whether traditional management and leadership theories are relevant in the VPT environment; and (c) exposes students to real-life challenges of virtual teamwork through a number of practical in-class activities.

Module learning outcomes

Analyse the notion of virtual project teams (VPTs) and their unique characteristics (e.g. computer-mediation) as well as their implications for project management.

Critically review traditional project management theories, concepts and practices (e.g. organizational culture, communication) and critically appraise their relevance (or transformation) in the virtual context.

Critically evaluate, and show practical application of, how VPTs come together on the spot and deliver on their assignment within the virtual, geographically dispersed context.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 1 80.00%
Group PresentationT2 Week 10 (10 minutes)20.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterWorkshop3 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Petros Chamakiotis

Convenor, Assess convenor

Prof Susan Newell

Assess convenor

Dr Carlos Sato

Assess convenor

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