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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

Module-5 : USA - 14 to 18 October 2019 (Mon to Fri)  The George Washington University, GAO & Invited Stalwarts

PM5A: The George Washington University School of Business (14-18 October 2019, Washington D.C.)

Leadership Development

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 

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 

Prof. Ernest Forman: D.Sc., The George Washington University, 1975 and MS, John Hopkins University. Area of Expertise: Decision Making; Resource Allocation and Forecasting 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 

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 & efficiently.

Procurement and Contracting 

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 issues 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 

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.

Target date for submitting Composite Final Report (CFR): 15th January 2020