Suggested reads

The books I’m about to recommend are my top choices for delving deep into the realm of project management. By exploring the insights offered in these books, you’ll equip yourself with the expertise to manage everything from small to expansive cross-national projects. The books provide a mix of theoretical frameworks and practical strategies, ensuring that you are well-prepared for the diverse challenges that the field of project management presents. Three of the books I’ve mentioned are in Norwegian, but I decided to include them for my Norwegian speaking project managers.

Project Management – Erik W. Larson and Clifford F. Gray.

Project Management, 8th edition, offers an holistic approach to Project Management, seamlessly blending organizational culture and human dynamics with the essential tools and methods. It delves into the techniques for proposing, planning, securing resources, budgeting, and guiding project teams towards successful projects. The focus of this text is not merely on the mechanics of the management process, but more crucially on the underlying reasons for its effectiveness.

Managing Project Uncertainty – David Cleden.

Managing project uncertainty requires expertise in both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ strategies. This book offers a holistic approach, integrating diverse strategies based on the situation and going beyond traditional risk management. It combines cutting-edge insights to address unforeseen challenges at every project stage. By understanding the causes and manifestations of uncertainty, and applying strategic interventions, managers can make better decisions and improve project outcomes.

Project Management Case Studies – Dr. Harold Kerzner.

Project Management is essential for a competitive business, bridging several functional domains. In this book, Dr. Harold Kerzner offers comprehensive insights into project management across divers industries such as automotive, healthcare, government, manufacturing, and many others. In addition, this book introduces topics including risk management, scope adjustments, and innovation.

Global Strategy and Management – Paul N. Gooderham, Birgitte Gr√łgaard and Kristen Foss.

This textbook addresses the most crucial strategic decisions and management challenges facing managers of multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating across different institutional settings and complex cultural contexts.How can managers of MNEs address pressures for local responsiveness and global integration? What are cultural and institutional differences and how do they impact the management of MNEs?

International Entrepreneurship: Theoretical Foundations and Practices; Second Edition – Antonella Zucchella and Giovanna Magnani.

This book examines entrepreneurship, strategic management and international business studies. The book proposes an integrated interpretive framework in which to place international entrepreneurship, examining both theoretical and practical interests. It asserts that firms faced by global competitive pressures need to develop proactive and innovative responses to cope with the uncertainties of international markets and instead capture the opportunities.

Contemporary Security Studies, sixth edition- Alan Collins.

Contemporary Security Studies is the definitive introduction to Security Studies. It provides a guide to traditional and critical theoretical approaches, as well as the most important contemporary issues that dominate the modern security field. The sixth edition has been substantially updated, with significantly revised chapters on Securitization and Transnational Crime, and coverage of recent developments – including the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and forced migration – incorporated throughout.

Political Risk – Condoleezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart.

Drawing on lessons from the successes and failures of companies across multiple industries as well as examples from aircraft carrier operations, NASA missions, and other unusual places, this book offers a first-of-its-kind framework that can be deployed in any organization, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Value-creating project management – Torgeir Skyttermoen & Anne Live Vaagaasar.

Value-creating project management addresses a wide range of project types across various industries and sectors, both public and private. It provides a solid understanding of contemporary project work and is suitable for both university and college students as well as practitioners seeking to enhance their knowledge on effective project execution.
Language: Norwegian

Project Management – Jan Terje Karlsen.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to the realm of project work. This book offers an exhaustive overview of both the process of projects and the technical-methodological aspects of undertaking them. “Project Management – From Initiation to Benefit Realization” encapsulates key topics in the field, presenting them lucidly and coherently. Abundant with real-world examples from diverse sectors, it illuminates every facet of project work through detailed case studies. Language: Norwegian

Targeted Project Management – Erling S. Andersen, Kristoffer V. Grude and Tor Haug.

Targeted project management shows how a project should be led. It presents a comprehensive and practical approach to planning, organizing, and follow-up. The book emphasizes the importance of a coordinated development of people, systems, and organizations (PSO-development). It shows how the foundation for the project is created and how the objectives are set. Language: Norwegian