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Managing a Blind Date with Knowledge

4th Series article on Project Management Education published by Professors Ingason and Jonasson at the University of Reykjavik

24 August 2015 – New in the Library – Professors Helgi Thor Ingason and Haukur Ingi Jonasson at the University of Reykjavik in Iceland, active educators and researchers in the field of project management, have authored another article under the theme of “The Role of Academic Institutions in Educating and Training Project Managers”. Their article, titled “Managing a Blind Date with Knowledge - Interdisciplinary PM Education Tailored for Doctoral Students”, was published in the August edition of PM World Journal and added to the PM World Library this month.

According to the authors’ introduction to the article: “Pursuing a PhD program, in any field of inquiry, can be a long and lonesome journey. First comes extensive coursework and qualifying exams. Then the PhD candidate has to propose a sound research project and define how he or she will use any of the range of sophisticated research methods available to explore certain aspects of reality, and deliver outcomes that will hold up to the scrutiny of experts in the field. The process and the quality of the outcome depend, to a large extent, on the candidate's own ability to self-motivate and self-manage… wouldn’t it be beneficial to define, plan and manage a PhD research project according to project management principles? We believe that seeing a PhD project as a project from the beginning and applying project management methods and project leadership approaches would greatly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome...”

140609-PMWL-Logo-125-01To read this paper to see what the professors are doing to help PhD students at their university, go to and click on the title. Access is free.