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.