The learning unit presents a general overview of project management within the context of Corporate Social Entrepreneurship. The aim of this unit is to provide a well-ground theoretical and practical content of project management. As defined in one CSE core skills identified, enabling favorable conditions to bridge the controllable and plannable world and the complex, dynamic and unpredictable world, is a very good example of the need to have project management skills and know-how to act and react in different situations.
Learners will acquire how to strategically manage CSE projects, and to implement creative ideas into action. Moreover, students will review how individuals or groups have successfully achieved the process of management throughout different spheres, such as government policies, the nonprofit sector, private sector. Among the objectives, students will get hands-on methods, systems, and tools related to Project Management, obtain practical knowledge of the current methodologies and tools, understand the different types of planning and projects.
The learning unit provides the students with the tools needed for leading and managing projects. Therefore, students can detect needs, define, plan, execute, follow up, and closing of the projects. Thus, it gives a solid foundation of the CSR best practices and the role of CSE in contemporary business and society.
Specific learning unit content:
- Theoretical content about project management.
- Digital transformation and the existing tools for project management and Agile methodologies (Lean, Scrum, Sprints, Kanban).
- Project planning, management of time, risks, and scope.
- Leadership & Team Leadership.
- Enabling favorable conditions to bridge the controllable and plannable world and the complex, dynamic and unpredictable world.
- Being connective proactively seeks connections and facilitates collaborations with new stakeholders and networks, new themes, new (societal) challenges, interdisciplinary networks, etc.
- Embracing ambiguity, uncertainty, and risk.
- Bridging interests, worldviews, and positions of shareholders and stakeholders.
- Mobilizing allies for change.
- Evaluating and integrating different problem-solving frameworks to develop viable, inclusive, and equitable solutions for complex problems that promote sustainable development.
- Proactively seeking and connecting across disciplines and areas of expertise to revisit, recombine and transform knowledge and practice to develop transdisciplinary solutions for complex problems, understanding the need for continuous learning
Study load in ECTS: 5 ECTS (1 ECT=28 hours)
Learners will examine CSE project management through best practices and relevant case studies.
Personal level (25%): self-study and desk research including one practical case study. The practical study consists in developing and applying best practices and digital tools to improve the objectives, vision, values, and work dynamic of the Startup created. Besides, students will present an internal plan, compiling a plan that includes risk, time, monitoring, and evaluation strategy.
Final project (25%) Under the activity presented at the personal level. Students will compile the desk research and outcomes of the activity in the final project.
Group level (50%): work in groups and peer-to-peer learning. Given a problem definition, students will present an innovative solution to overcome the problem raised. Students should incorporate a time schedule, risk, and monitoring plan, and final evaluation of the solution.
Assessment: To be discussed
Two evaluations. The evaluation of one individual practical case study and the group presentation.