Title: The PROMIS project: industry and university learning together

Authors: Aaron J. Shenhar

Addresses: Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv University, Israel; Center for the Development of Technological Leadership, University of Minnesota, 107 Lind Hall, 207 Church Street, S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0134, USA

Abstract: The inherent differences that exist between an industrial organization and academia are usually a barrier preventing these two parties from working together. A case where these differences have been bridged is reported here. The case involved a study on advanced techniques for project management that was conducted jointly by a large aerospace company and a school of business administration managing a program in technology management. The study was called PROMIS (Project Management Improvement Study) and it was the first step in a long-term program aimed at improving the project management capabilities of the organization. The paper describes the differences between the parties, their objectives for the project, the methodology, and the benefits gained.

Keywords: industry-university cooperation; organisational learning; project management; PROMIS; Project Management Improvement Study; aerospace industry; industrial collaboration; technology management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1993.025800

International Journal of Technology Management, 1993 Vol.8 No.6/7/8, pp.611 - 621

Available online: 24 May 2009 *

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