Business and management studies
Managing Virtual Projects
Module code: 951N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework
Project teams are becoming increasingly virtual, often involving members from different countries. This affects project management in a number of industries, including consulting, engineering, technology, marketing and financial services, among others.
This module explores how virtual project teams (VPTs) can be managed effectively, and:
- introduces relevant theories from the field of virtuality
- assesses whether traditional management and leadership theories are relevant in the VPT environment
- exposes you to real-life challenges of virtual teamwork through practical 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.