Workshop on Initiating International Projects
To Be Held July 12 at U. T. Dallas

RICHARDSON, Texas (June 22, 2005) – “Initiating International Projects,” the second one-day workshop in the “Managing Projects Across Borders” series sponsored by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) School of Management, will be held July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school’s Executive Education Center.

Dr. Sue Freedman and Lothar Katz, co-developers of the series, will conduct the workshop. Freedman is also an instructor in the School of Management’s Organizations, Strategy and International Management area, and Katz is a retired Texas Instruments executive with extensive experience in international business.

Katz said that the workshop would focus on requirements that all international projects have in common as well as the specific approaches that foster success when working in or with a given country.

“Numerous companies in the United States and elsewhere have started leveraging the cost, market access and innovation benefits of developing products with international employees or partners,” he said. “Along the way, competent project management has proven a big differentiator in many highly competitive industries.”

Objectives of the July 12 session include setting up a successful international project from the start, building trust and winning the support of cross-cultural project teams and balancing local ownership and home country accountability.

Jim Joiner, director of UTD’s Project Management Program, explained that the “Managing Project Across Borders” series was designed to cover all aspects of what it takes to make international projects successful.

“The series addresses issues of concern to the many thousands of project and program managers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond – for example, effective communication, remote management and team collaboration and efficiency. These are issues that are challenging to project and program managers in coordinating large projects, especially when they involve teams from different countries and cultures,” Joiner said.

Dr. David Springate, associate dean for executive education in the School of Management, noted that the workshop series was addressing a topic that is “especially important in today’s world, in this era of globalization of business.”

The first session in the series was held May 10, and subsequent sessions are planned for Sept. 13, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, 2006 and March 14, 2006. The workshops may be taken individually or as a series.

The series is registered with the Project Management Institute. Project management professionals who take all six workshops will earn a professional certificate and eight professional development units (PDUs). The cost to attend each workshop is $299 for UTD students and $595 for others. Lunch and materials will be furnished. For more information, please contact Judy Clothier at 972-883-2656 or [email protected]. To register online, visit

About the UTD School of Management

Based on publications in the top 22 business journals spanning all areas of business, The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management faculty ranks 37 th in research productivity among business school faculties nationwide, and U.S. News and World Report ranks the school’s Cohort MBA program among the top 64 full-time MBA programs in the nation and among the top 35 at public colleges and universities. The School of Management is the largest of UTD’s seven schools, with an enrollment that has doubled over the last eight years to more than 4,400 students. The school’s new 204,000-square-foot building features classrooms with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, wireless connectivity, video-conferencing facilities, a computer lab, faculty offices, meeting rooms and an executive education center.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at