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Team Work And Democratic Learning In Project Management Training

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Contemporary Practices in Engineering Management Programs

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Engineering Management

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14.1163.1 - 14.1163.17



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Ivan Lidon University of Zaragoza

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MSc from the Engineering Faculty of Zaragoza University. He has worked as assistant at the Design and Manufacturing Engineering Department of the University of Zaragoza since 2004. His current interests are project management and product development areas.

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RUBEN REBOLLAR University of Zaragoza

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MSc and Doctor from the Engineering Faculty of University of Zaragoza.. He is Associate Professor in the Design and Manufacturing Department at this university In his present academic career he is focused on teaching and researching in the areas of project management and product development.

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Palle Qvist Aalborg University

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He is associate professor and lecturer in Technology, Humans and Society and in Cooperation, Learning and Project Planning. His interest fields are ICT and faculty development, organized learning, digitalised learning, PBL and the history of the problem. He is staff member at the UNESCO Chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education.

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Juan Luis Cano University of Zaragoza

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MSc and Doctor from the Engineering Faculty of Madrid Polytechnic University. He has held different positions at private companies (Mech. Engineer, consultant, project manager) until 1982 when he took up the chair of Project Engineering of University of Zaragoza. Since 1993 he has been involved in different EC educational projects (SIM, CAESAR I, CAESAR II, GEM) connected with Commet, Leonardo and IST His research topics are project management, experiential learning and product development

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Team Work and Democratic Learning in Project Management Training


Project Management is a discipline of a basically professional nature. Training in Project Management must provide students with a series of professional competencies, among which teamwork stands out as one of the most important, since all projects, by definition, must be carried out by teams.

The functioning of a team will be characterized, among other things, by the way it is organized and the way decisions are reached within it. A new term has appeared lately to refer to this concept: Democratic Learning.

This paper shows the results obtained in an experiment carried out at the Universities of Zaragoza (Spain) and Aalborg (Denmark). The experiment involved the validation in a culturally different context of the results obtained previously in each of these universities, by means of questionnaires developed by them.

The Preventive Simplified Teamwork Questionnaire developed at the University of Zaragoza, which makes it possible to detect problems of teamwork functioning in groups while they develop their projects, in order to prevent possible failure once projects are completed.

The Democratic Learning Questionnaire developed at Aalborg University, which studies the decision-making process within project groups in order to obtain an indication of the degree of student participation in a democratic learning system.

The results obtained have confirmed the validity of the first questionnaire for the early detection of teamwork functioning problems in groups. The second questionnaire has made it possible to establish a correlation between a group's decision making process and the quality of its functioning as a team.

1. Introduction.

A project can be understood as a temporary effort undertaken to achieve a particular aim, e.g. create a material or immaterial product. The aim is restricted in time – it should be reached within a certain time and with the use of human, technological or other resources. It is a solution to a problem, an answer to something required, wanted or needed. It is a unique and singular task or venture which normally is not done in the same way again and again1,2.

Project management is both a discipline and an activity. It is defined in numerous ways. It involves – according to the dominating paradigm – planning, organizing and managing of resources with the purpose of reaching predefined goals, objectives or outcomes of a project3,4,5,6.

Lidon, I., & REBOLLAR, R., & Qvist, P., & Cano, J. L. (2009, June), Team Work And Democratic Learning In Project Management Training Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5301

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