Using the Case Method in Teaching Project Management at Graduate Level: Early Lessons

Le, T and Wingrove, D 2018, 'Using the Case Method in Teaching Project Management at Graduate Level: Early Lessons', in Bryan Franz (ed.) Proceedings of the 16th Engineering Project Organization Conference (EPOC 2018), Brijuni, Croatia, 25-27 June 2018, pp. 767-779.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Using the Case Method in Teaching Project Management at Graduate Level: Early Lessons
Author(s) Le, T
Wingrove, D
Year 2018
Conference name 16th Engineering Project Organization Conference EPOC 2018
Conference location Brijuni, Croatia
Conference dates 25-27 June 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 16th Engineering Project Organization Conference (EPOC 2018)
Editor(s) Bryan Franz
Publisher EPOS Society
Place of publication Czech Republic
Start page 767
End page 779
Total pages 13
Abstract One of the Grand Challenges identified by the Engineering Project Organization Society is "The New Project Manager," which challenges the current curriculum and teaching methods of project management education (Sakhrani et al., 2017). As project management evolves from being an accidental profession where project managers "fall into" it (Richardson et al., 2015) to becoming a recognized profession (PMI, 2017), the natural questions that emerge are 1) How can the future project managers be best prepared for a successful career in project management? and 2) What pedagogies are most effective in equipping them with necessary skills? In this context, the case method has been successfully developed and applied as the principal teaching at Harvard Business School. Given the similarity between two disciplines, project management education can take a page from business management education. Inspired by this, in the last two years, the case method has been used in one of the courses at the Master of Project Management program at RMIT University in Australia as a pedagogical experiment. This paper reports on the early findings of a research project investigating the effectiveness of the case method in a master's level project management program. Findings affirm the existing body of knowledge in relation to the impact of the case method on the student learning experience. Our findings reinforce that the case method is effective in fostering learner engagement and in helping students develop a breadth of industry ready skills and knowledge including critical thinking, negotiation, and communication. Our findings are also considered within the unique context of the delivery of a project management program within the built environment.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) The new project manager
project management education
the case method
project management pedagogy
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