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MSPM: In the Know, November 3, 2015

Top 3 for 3 Nov

Attend the GWSB Alumni Roundtables, 9 Nov
Alumni roundtables will be held Monday, 9 Nov, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the City View Room at 1957 E St, NW. Register to attend this event and network with prominent GW alumni. Who knows, you may find your next employer at the event! Event begins with a cocktail reception followed by two roundtable discussions. Attire is business formal, strict dress code is fully enforced. Register to secure a limited number of seats.

Check for Holds that May Prevent Registration
Be sure to remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from register for classes 9 Nov. Did you…

  • Pay your student account balance?
  • Submit you immunization records?
  • Submit official transcripts?
  • Take care of all official administrative business?
To view your holds, log in to GWeb:
  • Click on “Student Record and Registration” folder
  • Next, click on “Student Records Information Menu”
  • Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds”

Spring 2016 Registration Opens 9 Nov
The spring 2016 schedule of classes is now available to help you plan for registration, which opens Monday, 9 Nov. Questions? Schedule an advisement session with Cambria Happ via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Registration in DNSC 6269 Project Management Application, the capstone, is not available via GWeb. See last week’s edition for instructions on how to register for DNSC 6269.

Two 3 credit hour project management electives scheduled for spring:

  • DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting, on campus and online sections available
  • DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management, on campus and online sections available

Fall 2014 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 credit electives in the fall 2014 semester – DNSC 6290 International Project Management and DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context.  These electives are project management-specific, available both on campus and via distance, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6290 International Project Management (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Sam Ghosh

August 25-October 18, 2014

The course is designed to augment the basics of project management theory with theory, practices and methodologies pertinent to the global project environment.  The course begins with a practical look at investigating the cultural environment in order to understand the context of managing global projects.



Course Objectives

1)      To understand the difference between project management and international project management

2)      To understand different cultures and how it impacts management for projects in a domestic and global environment

3)      To understand different modules involved in international project management

Assignments will include an individual homework assignment, an individual short paper, and a team research paper. Professor will confirm final assignments/deliverables on the first day of class.
DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
October 20-December 6, 2014

This course explores how the organizational context in which project management takes place interacts with project management practices.  Readings focus on three areas: 1) the characteristics that define and differentiate organizational contexts and organizational culture, 2) the role and function of a Project Management Office and 3) the interaction of organizational context and culture on project management processes. Assignments and learning activities involve applying course concepts to real-world situations and case studies. Students will analyze the influence of organizational context on project management decisions taking place during initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the key terms and concepts used to define, classify and describe organizations, organizational context and organizational culture
  2. Identify the implications of organizational context and culture for project management and learning
  3. Recognize the benefits and challenges associated with centralized project management practices and Project Management Offices (PMO) across organizational contexts
  4. Apply course concepts to  your professional experiences and real world cases
  5. Identify the skills and competencies a Project Manager needs to be successful in different organizational contexts.


2 written assignments and 2 presentations. Professor will confirm final assignments/deliverables on the first day of class.

MSPM: In the Know, February 5, 2014

MSPM: In the Know

Important Registration Deadlines
Summer 2014 MSPM Elective – Project Governance
GW Summer English for Academic Purposes

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Important Registration Deadlines

Friday, 7 Feb, is the last day to add a course to your spring 2014 schedule. It is also the last day to drop a course without academic penalty. Submit a Registration Transaction Form to take either action. Consult the Office of the Registrar site for details on the refund schedule.

Friday, 7 Mar, is the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of ‘W’ using a Registration Transaction Form.  Financial penalties will apply.

Registration for the summer 2014 term will open for all students on Monday, 3 Mar. Registration for the fall 2014 will open Thursday, 20 Mar. Schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm to confirm your plans for the summer and fall terms.

Summer 2014 MSPM Elective – Project Governance

In addition to several core classes, we will offer a 1.5 credit elective during summer session I – DNSC 6290 Project Governance (19 May-28 Jun). The course, taught by Dr. Sam Ghosh, is 6 weeks in length and will cover models, practices, and case studies for project governance. An executive summary of the elective is available on www.gwprojectmanagement.org. This class will also be open to non-MSPM students. If you are interested in the course, register within the first week of summer registration to ensure a seat.

GW Summer English for Academic Purposes

International students looking to strengthen their academic writing, research, and communication skills are invited to enroll in summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. This program is open to incoming students, as well as current international students. Class sessions are scheduled 7 Jul through 15 Aug and are on campus in Washington, DC.

Please note that these courses/credits do not count toward your MSPM degree requirements. Tuition and fees will apply; $4,200 for one 3-credit EAP course. Participants in the courses will include those who scored above and below the TOEFL requirements. If you are interested in enrolling, contact the GW School of Business Global & Experiential Education team at sbglobal@gwu.edu or 202-994-2648.

Summer 2014 Elective

The MSPM program will offer one 1.5 credit elective in the summer 2014 semester – DNSC 6290 Project Governance.  This elective may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary is provided below.

DNSC 6290 Project Governance (1.5 credit hours) taught by Sam Ghosh, PhD

An overview of project governance: models, practices and case studies. It is designed to augment the basics of project management courses with information pertinent to the governance, limitations and recommendations for practice.



Course Objectives

1)     To understand difference between project management and project governance

2)     To understand different strategies and framework for project governance

3)     To understand different modules involved in the governance process

4)     To provide fundamental information for the PM as a “what to expect” road map to project governance

Assignments will include an exam, short paper, and a project.

Spring 2014 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 3 credit electives in the spring 2014 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  We will also offer one 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.



Course Objectives

  • To prepare students to perform and lead the work necessary to ensure proper examination of requirements planning of the most appropriate acquisition process, and formation of the needed contract relationship.
  • To develop analytical skills necessary to finding and qualifying sources ensuring adequate costing and pricing of purchases, and assessing the impact of proposed acquisition decisions.
  • To develop an appreciation of the policy factors and environment considerations that influence the acquisition process.
  • To practice decision making skills critical to good contract awards using case analysis, oral presentations and simulated negotiations.
  • To refine student research skills pertinent to contractual matters.
  • To enhance student skills in resolving selected case situations pertinent to public procurement
Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.
DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.
Prerequisites NoneCourse Objectives

1.     Identify how different management and leadership strategies facilitate effective project implementation

2.     Understand and examine the role of communication in project success

3.     Understand and evaluate how change management processes influence project success

4.     Understand and explore different strategies for measuring, reporting and communicating project performance

5.     Identify ways to improve your practice/use of communication, change management and performance measurement

6.     Further develop academic skills necessary to conduct literature reviews, apply best practices to new situations and draft academic papers


Assignments will include an individual development plan, a completed communication management plan, and a proposal for managing change and measuring/reporting performance for a proposal you select.  There are no exams.


DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.
SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 9:30-10:30pm Eastern. On-campus lecture is on Thursdays, 10:30am-1pm.



Course Objectives

  • A well-trained manager must be familiar and conversant with the many issues and concepts that arise within the functional area of supply chain management. This course has several objectives for the student. By the end of the term, the student will:
  • Understand the terminology associated with supply chain management.
  • Explore different ways in which supply chains may choose to compete in the marketplace
  • Articulate the tradeoffs that occur in supply chain decision-making
  • Analyze the long-term decisions necessary for a network of firms to handle the supply components of planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and returning products
  • Recognize the interrelated processes both within a firm and also across a channel of firms in strategically designing a supply chain
  • Evaluate supply chain problems across a broad range of companies
  • Identify and understand the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent supply chain management approaches
  • Develop the ability to evaluate supply chain performance and to formulate supply chain strategy.


Assignments may include individual and group assignments, plus an exam.