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SIUE and Smartsheet Combine to Teach Effective Project Management Skills

12 December 2012, 3:16 pm

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is teaming with Smartsheet to ensure its students have a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

College graduates entering the business world must have management skills when it comes to group projects. Their ability to define scope, create breakdown schedules and use Gantt charts need to merge with their ability to handle conflict, empower teams and influence behavior to achieve desired outcomes. Potential employees with these demonstrated skills are better suited fundamentally for successful careers.

SIUE's School of Business offers new coursework in its curriculum that combines project management theory with the use of cloud technology from Smartsheet.com. Smartsheet's online collaboration tool was chosen by the faculty over more traditional project management software like Microsoft Project and has proven critical to the success of the program.

"Teaching students how to be effective managers of group projects is becoming a core component of university business curriculums," said Mary Sue Love, a course coordinator and associate professor for the SIUE School of Business. "By introducing students to Smartsheet, not only will they have real project management experience under their belts, they'll have first-hand knowledge of how popular cloud tools can be used to facilitate discussion, collaboration, transparency and accountability. In today's ever-changing business landscape, this unique skill set will help SIUE graduates stand out in their job searches."

While the course Managing Group Projects (MGMT 331) is required for all 1,200 business students at SIUE, it's also become a popular elective throughout the university. "Because Smartsheet is easy to use and flexible enough to support a wide range of group projects and collaboration initiatives, we're seeing it take hold with our students and also pull in students from other departments," said Katie Robberson, an instructor who teaches the course. Once students have completed the course, they have free access to Smartsheet through graduation from SIUE.

"As an employer continually looking for exceptional talent, I wholeheartedly agree that preparing the next generation of business professionals to collaborate effectively in groups is invaluable," said Mark Mader, CEO and President of Smartsheet. "Using our collaboration platform as the foundational technology for students to grasp the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed as a professional is a great testament to the utility of Smartsheet in the classroom, and the workplace."

More than 21,000 organizations in over 100 countries license Smartsheet's cloud-based collaborative work platform to organize, plan and execute a broad spectrum of projects and processes ranging from marketing campaigns to product launches, business operations, sales pipelines, strategic planning and HR initiatives. Smartsheet is deployed in a broad range of customer environments, from large enterprises including HomeAway, DHL, Toshiba, ESPN, Sony Music, and MetLife to small and medium-sized companies such as Motion Federal Credit Union and Cypress Grove Chevre.

About Smartsheet
Smartsheet, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) company, offers businesses an intuitive online collaboration tool. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, coupled with file sharing, work automation and Gantt chart features have made it a popular and highly functional online collaboration tool for teams. Organizations worldwide rely on Smartsheet to help manage their work. Customers include construction companies, consulting firms, schools and universities, utility firms, government entities, healthcare organizations, high-tech firms, non-profits, manufacturing and law firms, among others. Smartsheet also offers pre-built templates and integrations with leading cloud apps including Google Drive, Box and Salesforce to ensure users are up and running quickly. Visit www.smartsheet.com for more details.

About SIUE School of Business

The SIUE School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 296 business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit: http://www.siue.edu/business/index.shtml

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