Thunderbird offers Global Project Leadership program in Geneva

October 21, 2009

Project leaders navigating in the global economic downturn must manage with less time, smaller budgets and fewer people on their teams. With this in mind, Thunderbird School of Global Management is hosting an open-enrollment program, “Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results,” Nov. 16-18 in Geneva that will help project leaders develop the tools necessary to succeed. The program is offered through Thunderbird Corporate Learning, the executive education branch of the school.

During the three-day program, participants will learn best practices in all aspects of strategic and tactical project management and leadership, cross-cultural communication and influencing, stakeholder analysis and management, influencing without authority and risk management. Students will participate in discussions and hands-on exercises and explore relevant case studies.

The program is taught by Thunderbird Professors Bill Youngdahl, Ph.D., and Robert Moran, Ph.D., co-authors of “Leading Global Projects: For Professional and Accidental Project Leaders.” Youngdahl and Moran have worked with more than 2,000 project leaders from global companies worldwide.

“In executing global projects, nothing ever goes exactly as planned,” Moran said. “Over the past five years, Professor Youngdahl and I have learned what the minor and major challenges are in global project leadership. This program will prepare you with the skills needed to lead in a project-based world.”

The program will be taught at Hotel Epsom. The fee for the program is 4,500 CHF, which includes tuition, instruction materials and meals. The program does not include accommodations. Registration information can be found at For more information, contact Stephane Sinimale, Thunderbird’s associate director of Global Business Development, at or 41 22 715-4868.