This chapter presents a communications approach to teaching project management analyzed from a Design Science Research perspective. Using a combination of product and process, as well as three inter-related Design Science Research Cycles—relevance, design and rigor—the Project Management Course in the Bachelor of Marketing and Management Communication at Aarhus University is examined and analyzed. The presence of the three Design Science Research Cycles combined with both process and product, highlights the critical role of communication in both understanding Project Management and applying Design Science Theory. In this case, the use of the Rigor cycle is grounded in Project Management tools and expertise, combined with Knowledge Management Theory. The Design cycle is focused on iterative feedback from both real clients and instructors. Finally, the Relevance cycle explains the use of real clients to both frame the learners’ audience for Project Management Writing assignments, and to provide a concrete organizational context to aid in communication practices such as stakeholder analysis, and the development of a critical internal monitor for quality in the learner’s mind. The relevance of Design Science Research cycles and concepts to communication is examined in the conclusion suggesting that investigating the role of communication in Design Science Theory Research cycles is a relevant direction for further study.
Project Management Multiplicity: Current Trends, 2012