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International Project Management (APPEL-IPM)


  • NASA Fundamentals
    NASA Fundamentals
  • Program / Project Management
    Program / Project Management

This course provides project practitioners with an understanding of cultural challenges, legal concerns, and teaming issues that are likely to be encountered when working with international partners. Two distinct facets of successful international project management are addressed: technical knowledge and cultural understanding. Participants gain insights into the characteristics of international teaming that have the potential to make or break a project through the use of lectures, small group discussion, hands-on practical exercises, and case studies.

This course is designed for program and project managers and project team members as well as others involved in or planning to work on international projects.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize critical elements used in effectively managing projects with International partners.
  • Describe significant issues that support or detract from team effectiveness when working with international partners.
  • Recognize and appreciate the project management approaches of the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and NASA as well as several other space agencies and companies who support them.
  • Apply behaviors associated with the “softer” side of cross-cultural relations needed to be effective in the International Project Management arena.
  • Explain the experiential and theoretical knowledge base that discriminates one culture from another.
  • Discuss perceptual differences of “ethics” and how such differences can impact international team effectiveness.
  • Recognize the legal, regulatory, and other management constraints that project teams must take into account in pursuing international projects.