Program Management

• context, elements and approaches of multi-project management, • definitions and aims of program and program management, • delineation from and differences to project and project portfolio management, • benefit and use of programs and program management, • structuring of programs, • program management life cycle • basic elements and success factors of program management (e.g. strategy alignment, benefits management, stakeholder management; program governance), • support processes and selected methods of program management, • organizational integration, roles, stakeholders and communication structures of program management

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

• Thiry M. (2015): Program Management. 2nd ed., New York: Routledge • Gareis, L./Gareis, R. (2018): Project. Program. Change. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group • Patzak, G./Rattay, G. (2011): Project Management. Guideline for the management of projects, project portfolios, programs and project-oriented companies. Vienna: Linde • Project Management Institute (2017): The Standard for Program Management – 4th Edition. Newton Square: PMI

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

lecture, case study, group tasks, presentation, discussion, online/blended learning elements

Assessment methods and criteria

written final exam as well as assessment of the quality of students’ group assignments and participation

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Project Management, Developments in Project Management


Degree programme

Projectmanagement & Organisation (Master)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to • describe context, challenges and benefits of multi-project management and illustrate the connection of multi-project management approaches with organizational strategy, • discern the terms project, program and project portfolio and illustrate the differences and relations between project and program management, • explain the characteristics of programs and the aims and challenges of program management, • illustrate the concept of program life cycle and its application and benefit for program management, • describe the basic elements and crucial success factors of a systematic program management approach and use a standard vocabulary for program management, • describe and explain structure and content of support activities in program management and their role in the program life cycle, • describe and illustrate the roles and competences needed in program management, • describe the possibilities of embedding program management in the organization, explain their advantages and disadvantages, and design them in a specific case study, and • apply selected "good practice" methods and techniques of program management (e.g. for benefits management) in a specific case study.

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