Leading in the Project Society

The Project Society

DTU Winter Academy

DTU Winter Academy

Essentials for Leaders of the Future
How does the project society shape our professional and private identity?

Dates: 28 – 29 January 2019

Price: DKK 9.800 excl. VAT

Intended Audience
Project practitioners, project managers, project professionals, program managers - actually all people working in projects!

Module Description
Projects have become intrinsic to our lives. They permeate what we do, how we speak, how we think of our daily activities, how we construct our identities and, ultimately, who we are. In this regard, we organize a portfolio of projects in our lives—from a family vacation to a career move—and in many respects, these projects and programs of projects profoundly shape our lives, not only in terms of their consequences but also in terms of how we live, act, and relate to others. Living and working in the project society comes with huge benefits but also significant downsides. It gives us the freedom to shape our own exciting identity but also the risk of ending up in stress and depression.

Parallel to the raise of the project society, Nordic leadership styles have emerged as particularly suited for the post-industrial knowledge society where success depends on the ability to innovate in an environment of high levels of ambiguity, flat organisational structures, multiple powerbases, complex stakeholder landscape, and collaboration across the value chain and networks often organized in Public Private Partnerships.

This module represent a life-changing experience where we explore strategies for how we live in the project society taking advantage of the opportunities and minimize the downsides. We develop the strategies using critical self-reflexivity and based on Nordic culture and management styles for being, doing leading and governing projects.


Here are some of the questions this module will explore:

  • What is the project society and what are the fundamental principles of its organization?
  • How does the project society shape our professional and private identity?
  • What defines project success (and personal success) in the project society?
  • What are the key cultural characteristics of Nordic cultures and associated leadership practices?
  • How does Nordic culture and leadership practices address sustainable development?
  • What is the role of the shared development agendas like the sustainable development goals?
  • How does our personal values, social relations, and personal practices shape our ability to navigate the project society while addressing the societal needs?

The module will address the stated questions and provide some insights to inspire you.


Christian ThuesenChristian Thuesen, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He has been working with projects for more than 15 years as teacher, researcher, and consultant in various engineering settings, including construction and IT. This has sparked his fundamental research interest in the role of projects in engineering work but also more broadly in today's society—as a human condition.

Joana GeraldiDr. Joana Geraldi is Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL). Joana is passionate and intrigued by projects. Over the past 10 years, she has been researching and integrating knowledge on, in, and around projects. Her research has earned international awards and led to more than 50 publications, most of which can be found in the key project management journals and conferences. Today, Joana is devoted to the study, education, and development of a fruitful institutional context for projects, and specifically the practices of integration, decision making, visualization, and complexity in and between projects.

Anders Fogh JensenAnders Fogh Jensen, philosopher, has a Diplomé d’Études Approfondies from Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. He is currently head master for Vestjyllands Højskole, Denmark. For a decade, he has been one of the leading Danish researchers in the legacy of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Among his publications is a large monograph on the philosophy of Foucault, Mellem ting. His PhD thesis, The Project Society, treats synchronic developments in 10 different empirical fields during the 20th century—architecture, organizations, education, social security, warfare, forms of sports, football systems, dance forms, prevention of epidemics, and coupling and dating — all to explain how the project became so omnipresent by the end of the 20th century. He is the author of seven books and a range of articles. Besides his current position he works as an independent philosopher and intellectual, running his own company, giving speeches and seminars, providing philosophical counseling, and engaging in debates in the media.

Practical Info

Incl. teaching material and lunch 

DKK 9.800 excl. VAT

28 – 29 January 2019

8:30 - 16:30, both days


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2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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23 AUGUST 2019