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BUS 251 W — An Introduction to Project Management and Organizational Development

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Oct 5—Nov 20
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $565
Instructor(s): Eric T. Pool
Limit: 45
Status: Closed
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Oct 5—Nov 20
7 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
1 Unit
Eric T. Pool
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
A recent study revealed that organizations experience project failure rates of 70 percent, when success is defined by producing planned deliverables within budget and on time. To combat this trend, industries are placing a stronger emphasis on project management practices, thereby increasing demand for people with that skill set. Successful project managers must also be adept at managing change, which requires a fundamental understanding of organizational development. This course is designed for students who wish to increase their leadership and effectiveness relating to project management, conflict resolution, and improving individual and team productivity. The course will look at major programs that use organizational development and project management together, such as Mayo Clinic and NASA, and cover case studies, common mistakes, and lessons learned from a diverse range of industries. We will begin with a foundational exploration of core disciplines (e.g., risk analysis, stakeholder management, and lean project planning) followed by a deeper dive into how these topics can be applied to specific industries and situations. Other key components of the course will include examples of quality metrics, with a focus on what to measure and why, along with the use of organizational development and communication to enhance your ability to respond to unknown events. Students will leave the course with applicable project and change management strategies that can be applied to a variety of industries.

Eric T. Pool, Assistant Professor, Health Care Administration, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science; Fellow, Mayo Clinic Quality Academy

Eric T. Pool is a certfied Project Management Professional (PMP) and an instructor in the Harvard and UC Berkeley extension programs. He has served on the board of directors for the Project Management Institute (PMI) La Crosse–Rochester Chapter and the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Minnesota Chapter, and on the executive committee for TEDxZumbroRiver. He is the board chair for the Museum of Automotive and Aerospace History. He received an EdD in organization development from the University of St. Thomas.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Todd Williams, Rescue the Problem Project : A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (ISBN 978-0814416822)
(Required) Aaron Dignan, Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization? (ISBN 978-0525536208)