About Project Norway

Project Norway is a national arena for the exchange of experiences, building networks and providing an external reference to the member organization's own project expertise. Project Norway is a research-based collaboration with Norwegian project-based organizations in the public and private sector. The foundation of the center is represented by the organizations that have signed partnership contracts and pay an annual partnership fee, as well as all the employees of these organizations who represent the source of and target group of our work.

Project Norway works toward the following vision:

The purpose of the center is to develop and distribute new knowledge within project-based activity through research, cooperation, and knowledge sharing between public and private sector industry and academic institutions.

The activity of the center should promote Norwegian projevt management competence and keep a high international standard. The center should cooperate with renowned international organizations and initiatives, and contribute to making Norwegian competence known internationally.

The center should cover all types of projects within different sectors. These include construction projects, oil and gas projects, ICT project, product development projects, business and organizational development projects, etc. The whole life cycle should be covered, from idea via planning to execution and operations. The center's target group spans large and small organizations, and all activity within the former Norwegian Center of Project Management is transferred to Project Norway.

The overall objective will be achieved through the following sub-goals:

  • Develop new knowledge, including methods and tools, to support project-based activity, on a high international level and based on the needs of industry.
  • Contribute to better project processes in industry by disseminating results and hosting a collaboration arena.
  • Develop Project Norway into a visible and leading neutral actor in Norwegian project-based activity.
  • Contribute to the development of basic and continuing education at the participating academic institutions.
  • Strengthen the researcher education (PhD edcation) at the participating academic institutions.

Areas of Activity

Project Norway covers the following activities:

  • Reserach programs
  • Seed research projects
  • Continuing education programs
  • The knowledge hub

Programs can be sector-speific or focused on topics. Establishment of programs follows a board decision. Projects under the programs target the topic or sector covered by the program in question. Such projects can be pure research, development projects, demonstration activities, etc. Research programs should offer opportunities for PhD studies financed by industry or public funding. It is also possible to support PhD studies with part or full financing from the educational institutions.

The board can initiate seed projects. These are typically smaller projects with the aim to investigate a project idea that can later be proposed for funding, by center funds or external funding. Seed projects can also be smaller investigations, master degree projects or cross-topical projects spanning several programs.

NTNU and BI cn, after approval from the board, include a limited number of continuing education programs in the center's program portfolio. The institutions are themselves responsible for organizing, financing, and running these programs. Each program will have a program board and program director appointed by the host institution.

The knowledge hub is a forum for sharing and disseminating knowledge, and for collaboration with national and international organizations. The knowledge hub can also be used to create links to established industry clusters.

Results from completed projects (full research and seed projects) will be amde available through the knowledge hub. The same is true for publications, newsletters, etc. that will make up parts of a virtual center library. The knowledge hub can also facilitate blogs, forums, etc. It is really the most important mechanism of the center in order to maintain a cross-sector focus and enable learning across industries. All activities within the knowledge hub should be open to all partners.

History and Background

Project Norway is a new entity established at the start of 2014. The center is located at NTNU, as a joint venture between the faculties of Engineering Science and Technology, Architecture and Design, and Social Sciences and Technology Management, with BI and SINTEF as additional academic partners. It is an intention that the former Norwegian Center of Project Management (NSP) is integrated into the new center toegther with an initative to establish a permanent center focused on the construction industry. Also other units will be attempted integrated into Project Norway, such as continuing education programs, so that the center spans most of the project-focused activities at NTNU.

The Norwegian Center for Project (NSP) was a realization of the third main goal of the research Project 2000 (PS 2000). This goal was to create a center of excellence in project management in a highly professional and internationally recognized level.

NSP existed from 1999 to 2013, and contributed to further research and developments within the field of project management, thereby increasing the competence levels of the academic environment, business and management. This knowledge was disseminated through education and information activities by the center. In this way, NSP helped general knowledge dissemination.

NSP should be a bridge between the academic environment and Norwegian industry and public administration, and formed a meeting place where stakeholders and resource persons in project management could openly discuss various topics and exchange experiences. This in turn led to the commissioning of research and development on current topics put forward by both industry, government and academic environments. This expertise was transferred to members affiliated with NSP to allow for an improvement of project implementation and thus members' competitiveness nationally and internationally.