Developing Project Management Expertise

In 1993, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) contracted with the University of Minnesota Executive Development Center to develop a training program that would enhance the skill sets of Mn/DOT employees whose responsibilities include managing projects. Ten years later, researchers developed a process to determine whether the Mn/DOT Project Management Academy experience is producing the desired results. Their investigation, based on extensive literature search and interviews with former participants, uncovered several weaknesses of the program: (1) The academy lacked a central message that reflected the overall mission and focus of the Minnesota Department of Transportation; (2) The instructional format was not structured in a way that enabled participants to apply the skills to daily work experiences; and (3) The content and manner of presentation did not take into account the varied backgrounds and levels of experience of the participants. As a result, the authors conclude with a comprehensive list of suggestions for making improvements in each of the areas listed.

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    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Department of Civil Engineering, 500 Pillsbury Drive, SE
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Office of Research Services, 395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Authors:
    • Smith, Karl A
    • Kampf, Connie
    • Engstrom, Lori
    • Pierce, Brandon
  • Publication Date: 2004-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Bibliography; Tables;
  • Pagination: 54p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01013356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MN/RC-2004-38
  • Contract Numbers: (c)81655 (wo)34
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2005 5:42PM