Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Project Management

Regardless of whether your team would benefit from one day of training in Project Management or five, Quinlan Executive Education can help. Each of our customized project management courses complies with the Project Management Institute's most recent version of the PMBOK® Guide, and we offer several options tailored to your organization's Project Management training needs. Some of the most frequently requested programs include:

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. businesses spend an average of 38% of their annual capital budgets on information technology. Unfortunately, various studies show that 30-60% of all IT investments fail to return a profit. This means that each time you make an IT investment, you are just as likely to destroy shareholder value as you are to create it.

The IT Portfolio Management program is designed to help your organization build the IT investment management skills it needs to respond effectively to these pressures.

Topics covered include:

  • Analyzing the business value of an IT investment
  • Analyzing the alignment between business goals and IT investment benefits
  • Analyzing the risks associated with an IT investment
  • Gauging the affects of risk on an IT investment’s projected financial performance
  • Constructing and analyzing IT investment portfolios
  • Managing IT investment portfolios
  • Measuring returns on IT investments

As budgets get smaller, deadlines get tighter, and projects get more complex, organizations that employ formally trained project managers are rewarded with immediate savings in time and money. Without formal training, individuals must develop their own processes for managing projects through trial and error, leading to inefficient outcomes and use of resources. Effective project management involves building and managing teams, controlling costs, developing timelines, managing risk, meeting deadlines, and solving problems to bring projects in on time and on budget.

This program will improve organizational performance by providing industry-standard tools approved by the Project Management Institute® to help successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Focusing on the proven body of knowledge behind effective project management, this customized program allows intact work groups to practice these concepts in a project-based team environment. Time is built into the program for sharing insights, past experiences, and best practices make the course even more relevant and applicable for all participants.

Completion of this customized Project Management Certificate program fulfills the 35 hours of project management education required for PMP® certification through the Project Management Institute.

During this program, participants will:

  • Gain a comprehensive, formal training in project management, based on the industry-standard body of knowledge
  • Learn the fundamental tools to effectively manage any project
  • Learn how to manage projects from initiation, to planning, control and closeout
  • Understand the organizational structures and processes needed to more efficiently manage projects
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively to project sponsors and project team members, and learn the importance of management styles on team dynamics
  • Complete a self-assessment to help better identify your project management style
  • Practice these concepts in a project-based team environment
  • Receive a comprehensive book of reference materials to use in the future

Strategic Business Value of Project Management

  • Ensuring everyone (top down) understands the business value of the project
  • Where the project fits within the business strategy
  • Handling resistance from project managers about business strategy
  • Prioritizing from a strategic perspective as well as changing priorities; communicating changes
  • Project selection derived from strategic benefits
  • When to kill a project

Project Management Office - Framework for Your Organization

  • PMO: project-oriented vs. enterprise-oriented
  • Project v. enterprise functions
  • Evolution and implementation of PMO

Managing Project Conflicts

  • Managing conflict in business
  • Exploring conflict styles and approaches
  • Identifying underlying needs
  • Creating choices
  • Managing your emotions
  • Creating strategies to manage the differences

Situational Leadership

  • Understanding different leadership or influence styles and their impact on employee performance
  • Analyzing the readiness of employees for different responsibilities
  • Correlating leadership styles, and employee readiness, to project teams

Change Leadership in Projects
Project management involves constant change: in the organization, in teams, and in processes. This session will describe:

  • The change curve
  • Successful vs. unsuccessful change
  • Organizational resilience
  • Supporting change and handling failure

Project Team Challenges

  • Building team relationships
  • Selling ideas internally
  • Managing team meetings
  • Motivating in the face of scarce resources
  • International/Cultural team issues

Team Presentations

Teams will present on their project management issue: how they resolved the issue, the strategy used (or that will be used), and the anticipated outcome including recommendations to their organization.

This workshop takes the fundamentals of project management as endorsed by the Project Management Institute and focuses on the development of a project team's ability to:

  • Understand the project and its objective—what the team has to accomplish
  • Define important challenges that could affect the project's success and agree on objectives to overcome these challenges
  • Identify and plan for critical milestones and activities
  • Build relationships and understanding of roles and responsibilities within the team

To achieve these objectives participants work on a current, real-life project that they have been assigned prior to the two-day workshop. In addition to learning the project planning process, participants will have accomplished between 12–14 hours of work on their project plan.

Senior management have complicated leadership roles and various responsibilities in order to effectively support project management. They must lead change, prioritize projects, ensure realistic project focus, provide clear and complete project definitions, assure quality components are in place, resolve legal issues, and facilitate communication and planning efforts. The senior management briefing provides an overview of project management that reviews:

  • The common language of project management terminology, roles, and responsibilities
  • The Five Phases of Project Management (PMBOK® Guide–compliant)
  • What senior management as sponsors should expect, and how they should measure success
  • Change management and team motivation

Program Fees

Fees are based on the level of customization, development and delivery time, and vary by project.

Contact Us

For more information about our organizational programs, custom programs and organizational retreats, please contact us at 312.915.6781, or e-mail executive-ed@luc.edu.

Program Hosting

Programs can be conducted at Loyola's Executive Education training center in downtown Chicago, at one of our suburban campuses across Chicagoland, or onsite at your organization.

R.E.P. Status

‌Loyola is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI), approved by PMI to help project managers achieve and maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, and other PMI professional credentials. These organizations have met PMI’s rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design.

Project managers are increasingly turning to REPs for certification training and maintenance, especially since median salaries for the profession now exceed $100,000 (USD). Loyola’s project management certificate program provides a comprehensive approach to project management training, with first-class faculty who teach the discipline, language, and steps to transform your project management abilities and help you take your career to the next level.


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