Executive Master in Project Management (EMPM)

The Executive Master in Project Management (EMPM) program is tailored for “high flyers” working in services and industries.

It is a modular program which enables executives to earn an Executive Master in Project Management (EMPM) while pursuing full time work. The program is targeted towards:

  • Young executives from varied cultural, academic and professional backgrounds who are ambitious and have the potential and desire to work towards a successful management career.
  • Companies wishing to bring their young managers to the skill levels of top leaders while working on their company’s project.

A Life Changing Experience

One of the roles of business schools throughout the world is to provide their surrounding economy with managers who know how to add value to their company’s projects. To do so, business schools need to listen to and even anticipate the needs of businesses and translate them into skills and competencies taught in their revolving program.

Over the last two decades, the exponential growth of globalization has brought about the need to produce and sell in networks, think in multicultural terms, be global and act local and set up international projects. This new economic setting makes fundamental management skills more crucial. A proficient command of management skills, an ability to work with partners from new horizons and an understanding of the cultural aspects of markets are assets when it comes to winning contracts, delivering products and services and setting up research and development projects.

With their expertise in teaching and research, their decades of experience in business teaching HEC Liège is well equipped to deliver an EMPM centered on the needs of businesses, whether local or international, large or small, and within European or on a Worldwide scope.

The Executive Master in Project Management (EMPM) is an action oriented, industry driven program that meets both you and your company needs.

The Executive Master in Project Management program will help you to become an effective and efficient Project Manager you will need to learn the tools and the methodologies to become an effective project Manager in the modern industry. After completing the program you will have sufficient knowledge and skill to execute large scale projects for your company and achieve excellent results.

The courses are designed with strong focus on employability to help you to progress further in your career in the industry chosen.

To achieve its goals, every organization needs efficient project managers, able to initiate, plan, execute and control project within given constraints (time, budget, human resources, etc.). In this frame, this program management program will offer our candidates a solid and extensive knowledge of project management. The different courses will also discuss tools, techniques, methodology and form candidates to acquire the set of soft skills required to every project manager to be successful in his daily practice.

The EMPM is a modular program consisting of 6 modules and Face to Face Workshop over a period of 18 – 24 months.

No. Code Module
1 EMPM551 Project Management and Organizational Environment of Companies
2 EMPM552 Methodologies and Tools for Project Managers
3 EMPM553 Cost and Risk Management for Project Managers
4 EMPM554 Agile Methodologies for Project Managers                
5 EMPM555 Soft Skills for Project Managers
6 EMPM556 Change Management for Project Managers
7 EMPM557 Project Management Experience Workshop

The program consisting of the following 6 modules and Face to Face Workshop.

EMPM551: Project Management and Organizational Environment of Companies
Module Synopsis 

How can your organization, culture and governance sustain Effective Project Management

The environment in which a project evolves and the constraints it generates on the project can have a significant impact on its objectives, sometimes more than the risks inherent to the project.

It is important for a project manager to be able to understand these constraints, but it is even more important for a company managing project portfolios to ensure that its organization, its governance rules and its cultural context favor effective project management.

The objective of this course is to study organizational and governance impacts on project management by covering the following topics:

  • Different types of organizations and respective impact on project management;
  • How to interface project’s world with organization’s world? OBS (Organization Breakdown Structure) – RBS (Resource Breakdown Structure) – RACI Matrix);
  • Expected role of a Project Manager and a PMO;
  • Key elements of project & portfolio governance;
  • Impact of organization’s culture on project management: Cultural Change Model. Theoretical notions will be illustrated through a case study focusing on “Sonaca’s way to increase its projects maturity”.
EMPM552: Methodologies and Tools for Project Managers
Module Synopsis

This course is aimed at professionals who already have some project experience in a companyor organization and who want to perfect their knowledge.

Theoretical aspects and common tools of the Project Management will be described and commented. Although referenced in the scope of recognized methodological environments, they can be used by students in their own project teams by exploiting the principle of meta-rules.

After this course, students should be able:

  • To recognize the Key Factors of Success of a project and to have some directions about how to leverage them;
  • To identify the importance of a relevant Project Management approach according the company organization and objectives using adequately improved tools and techniques;
  • To participate with a better efficiency at any stakeholder level in the Project Management Process;
  • To recognize the different PM structures, methodologies (classical and agile) and tools;
  • To realize the importance to sustain a good communication at any level of the project organization.

This course has not the ambition to train expert in organization psychology. This is an introduction to human oriented project management which purpose is to encourage the participants to think out of the (traditional tools) box of project planning.

EMPM553: Cost and Risk Management for Project Managers
Module Synopsis
This course aims at giving an overview of how to deal with the costs through your projects. This will be achieved by providing the participant a specific terminology, tools, and techniques that are commonly used in planning cost management, in cost estimating, in budgeting and cost control. Monitoring and forecasts will allow the participants to define the performance of a project and to take corrective actions when needed. Moreover, as success or failure in projects is notably resulting from the risk management that is closely linked to the cost management, a short introduction on how to deal with the risks and contingencies will be provided.

EMPM554: Agile Methodologies for Project Managers
Module Synopsis

Fostering creativity to boost innovation through Design Thinking and Lean startup methodologies.

This program is designed for professionals who want to build their capabilities to innovate, and for managers who want to help their organization become agile, transforming it into a vehicle of innovation.

This program is for those who believe that innovation is not just about launching new product or services. It’s is about executing an idea which addresses a specific challenge and achieve value for both the company and the customer. Participants will discover Why and How Agile methodologies can be used to innovate and address the challenges of our fast changing century. They will be introduced to the theory of Disruptive Innovation developed by Prof. Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School) and how Agile tools can be used to innovate and develop the next growth engines.


EMPM555: Soft Skills for Project Managers
Module Synopsis
Improving necessary human skills for Project Management

Project management is creating an environment where people can work together to achieve a mutual objective. To succeed, people will have to be creative, take decisions, to work together and communicate appropriate way.

Alongside with methodology approaches, soft skill approaches will support project management in every steps of its realization.

This course gives theoretical understandings and practical tools based on scientific theories in the field of decision-making process and emotional intelligence. It aims to help individual andcollective work to be more efficient.


EMPM556: Change Management for Project Managers
Module Synopsis

Driving change and transformation with project.

The « Change Management» course aims at offering the students different perspectives regarding the change management issues and challenges as well as the ways to handle them.

The course will first focus on how the change projects, their nature, their scope, their temporalities, etc. can be described. It will then highlight how these changes can be explained, by referring to different theoretical approaches and by combining them in an integrated model, called “the five forces model”. The course will finally explore how change projects can be managed, by discussing different management styles and by exploring diverse concrete avenues of action, linked to the theoretical approaches previously examined.

The course will be based on several complementary resources to help the students in their e- learning process: a written syllabus, theoretical podcasts, case studies, exercises, and quizzes. This integration of resources will allow the students to develop their theoretical understanding of the concepts of the course as well as to see how to mobilize the theories in concrete and real situations.

EMPM557: Project Management Experience Workshop
Content Overview
This module proposes to put into practice all the fields covered in the theoretical modules of the EMPM program. It will involve teams of 5 to 6 students facing the conduct of concrete projects.

Those projects will come from the strategic analysis of a (fictional) Chinese chocolate production company eager to take advantage of the rapid growth of the chocolate market in China.

Student teams will successively manage two distinct projects:

1. A technical investment project launched to increase the production capacity of the plant.
2. The development of a new product, combining creativity and respect of market expectations.

The project teams will have to structure their project and then manage it through successive instances simulating team meetings and experiencing the classical tools of Project Management.

The decisions taken by the group during these meetings (involving risk management, change management, soft skills application and creativity) will impact the evolution of the planning and the scoreboard of the team that will become an input for each new iteration.

At the end of the process, the teams will present their progress to the Steering Committee and will have to defend their results.

As a final exercise, the teams, will be asked to develop a proposal to improve the project management culture in their company (involving topics like methodologies, projectized and agile organization structure, communication, sponsorship, …), which they will have to defend in front of the Management Committee at the end of the exercise.

Teaching Methods
Face to face workshop is supervised by a Project Management specialist.

At the end of each exercise the team have to present their progress compared to the theoretical planning and expected metrics.

To be eligible for the EMPM program, applicants have to fulfil the following requirements:
  • Working experience of 5 years or a Bachelor degree.
  • Behaviour Skills and motivation.