Each chapter of CONTEMPORARY PROJECT MANAGEMENT begins with a listing of the most important points you'll need to learn, and all materials, including end-of-chapter questions and problems and test questions, have been developed to correlate to a specific objective. In addition, all PMBOK Guide knowledge areas and processes are specifically included, and glossary definitions are from the PMBOK Guide. This consistency with the established standard gives you a leg up if you decide to become a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Microsoft Project 2007 is fully integrated into the fabric of seven chapters within the text, and techniques are demonstrated in both a by-hand fashion and automated using Microsoft Project 2007, helping you grasp the concepts behind the technique. One section at the end of each chapter lists deliverables for you to create (in teams or individually) for a real project. Clean copies of all deliverables will help you demonstrate your project skills in job interviews. CONTEMPORARY PROJECT MANAGEMENT includes proven methods developed over the past 50 years, as well as exciting new methods that are emerging from both industry and research.
Timothy J. Kloppenborg is a Castellini Distinguished Professor of Management at Williams College of Business, Xavier University. He previously held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and the Air Force Institute of Technology and has worked temporarily at Southern Cross University and Tecnologico de Monterrey. He has over 100 publications, including STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP OF PORTFOLIO AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PROJECT LEADERSHIP, and MANAGING PROJECT QUALITY. His articles have appeared in PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT EDUCATION, JOURNAL OF GENERAL MANAGEMENT, SAM ADVANCED MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, INFORMATION SYSTEMS EDUCATION JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF MANAGERIAL ISSUES, QUALITY PROGRESS, MANAGEMENT RESEARCH NEWS, and JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGY. Dr. Kloppenborg has been active with the Project Management Institute for 30 years and a PMP since 1991. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve officer who served in transportation, procurement, and quality assurance. Dr. Kloppenborg has worked with over 150 volunteer organizations, many directly and others by supervising student projects. He has hands-on and consulting project management experience on six continents in construction, information systems, research and development, and quality improvement projects with organizations such Duke Energy, Ernst & Young LLP, Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, TriHealth, and Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Kloppenborg has developed and delivered innovative corporate training and undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA classes in project management, leadership, teamwork, and quality improvement. He also teaches PMP Prep classes. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Benedictine College, an MBA from Western Illinois University, and a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Cincinnati.