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The relation between project management education and newer streams in project management research

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In the last decades, research in project management (PM) has experienced significant new inputs from a range of new PM methodologies and critical research streams. As a consequence, members of the more critical streams have called for the education of project managers to advance from that of training technicians, to fostering reflective practitioners that are better equipped to handle the increasing complexity of the profession. This paper is based on a recently commenced re-search project titled "Rethinking Project Management Education – the Role of Universities" that is aimed at analysing how the development of PM research is reflected in the education of project managers. On the basis of a short overview of the state of the art of PM education research and practices, the possible challenges for the development of PM education are discussed, and, finding that there is a lack of integrated approaches to developing “early reflective practice”, the paper concludes by pointing to possible future research areas to further this development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe future of project management
EditorsMagnus R. P. Hansen, Jan Pries-Heje
Number of pages9
PublisherRoskilde University
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)978-87-88361-09-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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