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George Washington University School of Business (GWSB)

The George Washington University School of Business (GW School of Business) is the Business School of GWU in Washington, D.C. A top-tier institution, GW School of Business (GWSB) has attracted some of the nation's most outstanding leaders from the academia, government and the business world.

Recognized as one of the country's best business schools, GWSB provides scholarly research, teaching excellence, and innovative curricula focused on responsible management in the global environment.

GWSB is one of the most prominent schools globally in the field of project management. GWSB has a well known Master of Science in Project Management Degree Program.


Foreign Training Program Washington D.C., USA

PM5A: : The George Washington University School of Business (09-10-11 October 2017, Washington D.C.)

Leadership Development
(09 October 2017) 0930-1230 hrs

Prof. Shyam Giridharadas: is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management for The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). After 25 years of experience in top management consulting at McKinsey & Company and Prism Consulting International. 

Are leaders born or cultivated? This question is frequently asked since Last many decades. By and large the consensus is in combining the two. Shyam with his enormous experience in leadership development would cover the major aspects in leadership development. At the end of this module, participants will learn the major attributes of a leader, authentic leadership and challenges in becoming leaders in one's own right. Authentic leadership is the master key to integrate multi cultural teams with diverse background.


Strategic Project Management
(09 October 2017) 1330-1630 hrs

Prof. Homayoun Khamooshi: Ph.D. in Management Science Lancaster University, 1994. Is Chair of their internationally known Master of Science in Project Management Program. Area of Expertise: Project Planning and Scheduling, Project Risk Analysis & Modeling.

At the end of this module participants will have an understanding of various elements of estimation techniques along with cost management with implications to contracting. The candidates should be able to:

  • Differentiate between project and program cost objectives and how these are used to assess the success and failure of projects and programs.
  • Understand the foundation of cost estimation for projects
  • EVM as an effective performance management system in managing technical projects and portfolios.
  • Design and develop an appropriate control system for managing costs.

Executive Decision Making
(10 October 2017) 0930-1230 hrs

Prof. Ernest Forman: D.Sc., The George Washington University, 1975 and MS John Hopkins University. Area of Expertise: Decision Making; Resource Allocation; Forecasting; IT Current Research: Executive Decision Making & Project Portfolio Management.

At the end of the module participants will have a good understanding of concepts and methods for making complex decisions in business and government for identifying objectives and alternatives; for setting priorities and for making group decisions. The candidates should be able to:


  • Structure complex decision problems
  • Identify alternatives
  • Identify constraints
  • Investigate sensitivity of decisions
  • Communicate recommendations and rationale
  • Deal with group decisions and conflict.

Systems Thinking in Project Management
(10 October 2017) 1330-1630 hrs

Prof. Sanjay Jain: is an associate industry professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at the School of Business at the George Washington University (GW). At GW, he teaches graduate classes in the MS programs in Project Management and Business Analytics, and in MBA.

At the end of this module, participants will able to link conceptual framework of system thinking to effective project planning and execution. With the vast experience of the faculty, he would be able to give case examples of the successful projects to its interconnectivity with the system's thinking. One of the characteristics of system thinking is to link the 'whole' with 'parts' with constant feedback mechanism for taking corrective measures. System thinking also producer a common denominator for team players to plan and execute projects effectively & efficienclly.

Procurement and Contracting
(11 October 2017) 0930 -1230 hrs

Peter R. Easley, Esq – The World Bank, Washington DC. He is the senior Procurement Officer in the World Bank and a well known authority on Procurement and Contracting management. He is widely traveled with rich international experience.

At the end of this module participants will have a good understanding of procurement and contracting and its impact on success of the project. The candidates should be able to:

  • Discuss procurement and contracting processes and principles
  • Explain and critically evaluate the contract administration issue including contract terms, issue management, cost management, change order management
  • Understand programs, planning, sourcing and contractual design for diverse acquisitions
  • Understand the concept of negotiation for contracts and modifications.

Advanced Supply Chain Management
(11 October 2017) 1330-1630 hrs

Prof. Shivraj Kanungo: Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1993 and MS Southern Illinois University. Area of Expertise: IT Management; Software engineering; IS evaluation. Modeling approaches in Supply Chain Management; Optimization of Cost and Service. 

At the end of this module participants will have an understanding of designing and implementing an effective supply chain system. The candidates should be able to:


  • Modeling approaches in supply chain management
  • Optimization of cost and service
  • Alternatives available to the manager given the economic situation
  • Competitive conditions,
  • Regulatory environment of the several transportation modes
  • Model location theory and logistics network and planning and design.

12 October 2017 (0800-1630 hrs):
PM6: Visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and presentations from Senior officials from NASA (Confirmation awaited)

13 October 2017 (0930-1230 hrs):
PM7: Interaction with Senior Officials from GAO (1330-1530 hrs) 
PM8: Speaker from Department of Energy (1530-1630 hrs) 
PM9: Distribution of Certificates and Wrap up

PM5B: Visit to NASA (12 October 2017, Maryland)

In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 the site visit was to Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Maryland. It is expected that this could again be possible in 2017 through The George Washington University, USA




PM5C: Presentations from GAO and Department of Energy (13 October 2017, GWU Campus)

GAO Schedule Guide Best Practices by Ms. Karen Richey, Assistant Director, Applied Research and Methods Team, Government Accountability Office (GAO), USA and Presentation from Department of Energy (DoE) Officials, USA


  • Deep Water E2P - Challenges and best Practices
  • Shale and Tight Oil - A Game Changer

Report on Module 5

Is must and should be written by participants suggesting changes in their own work environment in view of learning from the topics covered by the GW School of Business, Site visit and interaction with USA GAO and Department of Energy Officials, in context of their organization. 
Target date for submitting the above report: 30thNovember 2017 

Composite Final Report (CFR)

This report must be submitted by all participants. CFR covers the major learnings of participants throughout the entire program. It also recommends a Plan of Action (PoA) to their management to improve the way projects are managed in their companies.

Target date for submitting Composite Final Report (CFR): 15th January 2018