Our investigation in this area is focused on:

  • Professional competences in Project, program and portfolio management
  • Teaching of competences to enable a certification in project management
  • Development of institutional competences

It is the other corner stone of the general research of GESPLAN. Investigation started more than 25 years ago in cooperation with universities from the United States (UCLA and Berkeley). The perception of the success of a project hast changed over the last decades. Nowadays, the success of a project is not only based on the fulfillment of its requirements within the given frame and without exceeding the budgeted costs. Project management therefore became more complex and need to go beyond technical skills of good calculation, planning and control.

The research discipline "Project Management" has formed to gain a better understanding of these newly risen requirements. It is an independent discipline with its’ own teaching and mastery of techniques, tools and knowledge. GESPLAN tries to respond to this change by offering modern teaching methods to train professionals capable of using management techniques and tools in times of change, risks and resource limitations.

Our objectives in teaching Project Management are:

  1. Give a conceptual and practical framework (knowledge, skills, techniques, methods and practices) that helps solve problems.
  2. To train managers and leaders who are capable of adapting to complex organizations and diversity.
  3. Train students to successfully become a certified Professional Project Manager.

Where we are

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería
Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas

Campus Ciudad Universitaria
Avenida Puerta de Hierro, 2 - 4
28040 Madrid, Spain

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Schools and Department

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería  de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural
Grupo de Investigación Gesplan
Grupo de Investigación Silvanet
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Collaborating institutions

IPMA International Project Management Association
Asociación Española de Dirección e Ingeniería de Proyectos
Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura
Università degli Studi di Catania
University College Cork
Sup Agro Montpellier
Wageningen University and Research
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