Project & Industrial Management

The minor gives students skills needed in how to successfully conduct projects in industries and infra-structure, as for example energy, shipbuilding and innovative start-ups. The courses include real-life cases and the teaching methods are combination of physical and virtual lectures.

Participating in these courses gives the student excellent capabilities in how projects are conducted and the requirements in international project business.

The minor gives students skills needed in project management and basic business knowledge, especially in industrial and infra-structure projects. Students are also trained in how projects are planned through feasibility studies and business ecosystem studies.

As much of the future activities takes place in projects and project organization it is especially beneficial for students to learn about methods in project management for both large projects and smaller innovative start-up projects.

Courses included in the programme:

Industrial Project Business (414506.0), 5 ECTS. Starts 18.3.2019

Apply before Mar 3, 2019

1) Investment management:

  •  Cost budgeting and investment planning
  • Large project governance
  • Implementation models (EPC, EPCM
  • Collaborative project arrangements

2) Managing the front end of a project company

  •  Project marketing & selling
  • Integrated solutions

3) Managing the strategic centre in a project company

  • Project business characteristics
  • Project portfolio management
  • Project management office

4) Managing the back end of (and supply chain of) a project company

  • Project networks and project supply chains
  • Strategic sourcing
  • Systems integration & Modularity

Advanced Project-based Management, 5 ECTS. Starts: 5.3.2019

Apply before Feb 18, 2019

Participating in the Advanced Project-based Management (APM) course gives the student excellent capabilities in how projects are developed, planned, and executed for long-term value creation, and how project business is managed at the firm-level and at the level of international business.

The aim of the course is to give students in-depth knowledge of different areas of project management and project business, and to develop skill to apply this knowledge to solve practical challenges in the management of complex projects.

Company representatives are welcome and can participate for free.

The course starts in Turku, in Åbo Akademi’s premises, in March 5.2019. The course requires participations in 3 seminars, which are scheduled in late afternoons of working days, to allow also participation of individuals working in companies.

Important: Introduction to project management course or other basic course in Project management is a prerequisite for the Advanced course.

Coordinating University: Åbo Akademi in cooperation with Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and University of Oulu.

Business Models and Ecosystems (414505.0), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019

The course gives an advanced understanding of the key characteristics of industrial project business and its special management functions and areas.

Focusing on industrial projects globally and how they are carried out to deliver and integrate new technologies and complex systems in a multi-stakeholder environment, this course goes through techniques, tools and methods for the management of project networks, project firms, and project business networks. The course covers a wide variety of topics, organised in four main fields as follows: Different types of business models, Different types of business ecosystems.

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Project Management (IE00BT38), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019.

The course focuses on basic project management methods. Nowadays, companies apply project management basics in many different areas, and therefore the basics is a relevant area for industry employees.

After the course the student:

  • Knows the most important areas of project management and relevant concepts related to it
  • Knows and can use central methods in project management
  • Can apply project management methods when leading different projects
  • Knows current trends in project management

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Course pages for specific universities:

After registration:

Professor in charge: Professor Kim Wikström, Åbo Akademi (

Contact person in practical matters: Viktor Sundholm, Åbo Akademi (

Other teachers:

Kirsi Aaltonen, University of Oulu (,

Jaakko Kujala, University of Oulu (,

Tuomas Ahola, Tampere University of Technology (

Karlos Artto, Aalto University (

Type of study unit:



5-20 ECTS

Teaching semester

01/2019 - 12/2019

Host university

Åbo Akademi


Aalto University, University of Tampere, University of Oulu

Open for non student


Level of studies


General prerequisites

Introduction to project management course or other basic course in Project management is a prerequisite for the Advanced course.


Online studies and Contact learning





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