Topic outline

  • Link to the seventh online Zoom session 4.9.  16:15 - 19:00

    Welcome to the home page of Strategic Project Management, Summer 2023 (5 cr)! 

    This project management course consists of 7 online lectures held on Mondays and Thursdays (duration around 3 h). Participation in all 7 lectures is obligatory.

    Lectures have pre-assignment(s) that are launched at least five days before the lecture. The student must submit the pre-assignment(s) to MyCourses at latest one hour before the start of the lecture.  Submitting all the pre-assignments by their deadlines is mandatory for passing the course. The pre-assignments will be graded as passed/failed. There is no pre-assignment related to the first lecture. 

    The workload of the pre-assignments is substantial - please start working on them in time.



    The course will be arranged during August - September 2023.

    The first lecture will be held in Zoom on Monday 14th August at 16:15 - 19:00.

    All essential information associated with the course will be available on this MyCourse page.  It is advisable to turn on email notifications from this course in order to receive the latest updates and possible schedule changes in real-time. 

    For further information, please refer to the contents available on this web page, and if you need further assistance or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the course staff (course assistant).

    Welcome to the course!

    Course staff


    Prof. Kirsi Aaltonen, University of Oulu

    Prof. Tuomas Ahola, Tampere University

    Prof. Karlos Artto, Aalto Univesity

    Prof. Magnus Hellström, Åbo Akademi

    Prof. Jaakko Kujala, University of Oulu

    Project Manager Teemu Ramsi, Aalto University

    Prof. Kim Wikström, Åbo Akademi

    Course contact:

    Tero Haahtela (

  • Strategic Project Management, Summer 2023, 5 cr  14.08.2023 - 4.09.2023

    Lecturers:  Prof. Kirsi Aaltonen, University of Oulu, Prof. Tuomas Ahola, Tampere University, Prof. Karlos Artto, Aalto Univesity, Prof. Magnus Hellström, Åbo Akademi, Prof. Jaakko Kujala, University of Oulu, Project  Manager Teemu Surakka, Aalto University, Prof. Kim Wikström, Åbo Akademi

    Contact person in practical matters: Tero Haahtela (

    Level of the Course: Master level (major/minor)

    Teaching Period: August - September 2023

    Lectures (Zoom): on Mondays and Thursdays at 16:15 - 19:00 between 14.8. - 4.9.

    Workload 5 cr (135 h)

    ·       Pre-assignments (reading pre-material, watching videos, doing assignments, personal reflection) 7 x 10 h = 70 h

    ·       Lectures (incl. class assignments, personal reflection) 7 x 4 h = 28 h

    ·       Final course essay (revisiting materials, writing the essay, personal reflection) 37 h

    Assessment Methods and Criteria

    ·       Pre-assignments (60 %), lecture participation and class assignments (10 %), Final essay (30 %)

    Study Materials

    ·       The course material consists of selected articles, book chapters, videos, and assignments that are distributed to students via MyCourses


    This course focuses on advanced topics of project management from the strategic viewpoint and value creation perspective. Responsibility and sustainability in projects and project networks with different collaboration models are also covered. The course provides in-depth understanding on these themes and the related topics mentioned in the course content. Common course themes are Project value creation and cooperation models, Responsibility and sustainability in projects and project networks with measures and Strategic project management and long-term value creation.

    Prerequisites: TU-C3010 Introduction to Project Management, IE00BT38 Project Management or similar

    Grading scale: passed / failed

    Registration for Course: Registration via FITech (for Aalto students: via Sisu until 7.8.2023)

    Language: English

  • Participation in the lectures is mandatory and it helps students to understand the course material, deepen their understanding of various knowledge areas and concepts, apply the knowledge areas and concepts in practice through in-class assignments, and prepare for writing their final course essay.

    Lecture schedule
    Date Theme
    14.8. Project value creation and valuation with uncertainty and project management viewpoint
    17.8. Scheduling and time challenges in a complex project environment
    21.8. Corporate responsibility and sustainability in project business
    24.8. Buying projects in project networks
    28.8. Project sales and marketing: focus on private as well as public stakeholders
    31.8. Collaborative project delivery models: challenges for implementation and application to the industrial context
    4.9. Strategic projects, capabilities and long-term value creation for companies and societies

    Lecture material

  • Pre-assignments

    The primary purpose of the pre-assignments is to facilitate the student's learning process by:

    • Analyzing various study material (book chapters, articles, videos)
    • Relating learning material to student's prior knowledge and experiences (reflection)
    • Fostering an active student-centred deep-learning approach to learning through doing assignments (solving cases and exercises, writing essays)

    There are two types of pre-assignments and assignments:

    • Reflective analysis pre-assignments are essays written individually. Most if not all pre-assignments are these kinds of tasks.
    • Case-assignment exercises that are done in groups during lectures.

    Specific instructions and tasks for each pre-assignment are provided in the respective folders below.

    The deadline for submitting each pre-assignment is one hour before the respective lecture. Submission boxes for each pre-assignment will be found below once the course starts.

  • Final course essay

    The primary purpose of the final course essay is to facilitate the student's learning process by:

    • Analyzing, synthesizing, and drawing connections among course themes and perspectives
    • Encouraging critical thinking and reflection on the entire course theme from a broader viewpoint (is not a mere summary of the course topics nor of the pre-assignments)
    • Allowing the student to interpret different viewpoints and justify and reason these viewpoints
    • Relating the course to student's prior knowledge (understanding broader connections to other courses)

    The deadline for submitting the final essay via MyCourses is 30th of September

    Please read carefully the detailed instructions provided in the PDF document below