USQ Takes Project Management to New Level with Innovative Program

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FOR thousands of years humans have attempted to alter the patterns of their existence. While the term project managers did not come into use until the middle of the 20th century, early pioneers of this field have helped gain control of our environment, and improve social outcomes. Now with the help of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), project managers are now changing the business landscape.

Senior lecturer in Project Management at USQ, Dr Barrie Todhunter, said for many years project management was seen as a simple technical process to provide control over time and finances.

C[pounds sterling]Today business executives recognise that a few simple principles that underpin project management can provide a more effective and sustainable way to use finite business resources and to achieve cost effective and efficient outcomes,C[yen] Dr Todhunter said.

C[pounds sterling]Many of the recognised principles of project management are taught in university programs today. Most programs have moved from the faculties of engineering and construction to the business faculties where it underpins business principles related to strategic decision-making, marketing, finance, logistics, supply chain management and economics.C[yen]

Dr Todhunter also said USQ recognised the growing demand for project managers who could take a holistic view of the business sector, and subsequently became one of the first universities in Australia to offer project management studies in their Faculty of Business. Over recent years USQ has developed its project management programs from a small specialisation in the MBA program into a Master's program. …