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Prof Herman Steyn

Course Leader

Module: PM Principles, Practices and Scheduling

Prof Herman Steyn

Herman Steyn is an experienced, practical project manager who has been pursuing his academic interests in project management since 1996.

Project Management Practitioner

His practical experience includes 22 years in project environments prior to joining the University. During this period he held senior positions, managed large and small projects and assumed responsibility for the management of portfolios of projects. Budget responsibility in 1990, for example, c.a. US$ 168 million (in 2017 US$ value).

Since joining the University, he has been actively involved in project management workshops, seminars and as consultant.

He has been registered as a Professional Engineer with ECSA for most of his career.

Academic career

Since 1996, Herman has been a full professor specialising in project management at the Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria.

He co-authors an international book on project management with John M Nicholas of the Loyola University of Chicago.

He is also editor of a South African book on Project Management: Project Management – a multi-disciplinary approach. His book that is used on the online short course, Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling, as well as the book co-authored with John Nicolas, is available at Perlego.

He initiated the Master’s Programme in Project Management (MPM) in 1999 – currently the only masters’ programme in project management in Africa that enjoys accreditation of the Global Accreditation Center of the PMI, USA.

He initiated the certificate Programme in Project Management (PPM) in 1997 and is still responsible for the academic content of the PPM.

He has taught numerous courses and certificate courses in project management. Companies and organizations for whom in-house courses or seminars have been offered include: Eskom, Pebble-Bed Modular Reactor, Exxaro, Kumba, SABS, Arcelor Mittal, Department of Agriculture of KZN, Competition Commission, Department of Public Works North-West Province, Statistics SA, Bell Equipment, Post & Buckley International (Swaziland), SA National Parks, Habitat for Humanity, Lafarge (South Africa and Nigeria), Kwesi V3 Engineering, Armscor, Group 5 Ltd, Deloitte, CSIR, Harmony Gold, Sasol Polyolefins, Anglo American and British Aerospace.

His scientific papers on project management have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Project Management, International Journal of Managing Projects in Businessthe and in the International Journal of Project Organisation and Management.

His project management publications have been cited widely (more than 3300 times) in academic project management literature.

His qualifications include two engineering degrees, an MBA and a PhD in Engineering Management, and he has a Level C2 NRF rating as researcher in project management.

He has taught project management as a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands, at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) and at the Lagos Business School, Pan-African University, Nigeria.

His personal profile is available on LinkedIn.


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The PPM is recognized by the following:

  1. PMI (Project Management Institute) – USA and Globally
  2. ECSA (Engineering Council of SA)
  3. SACPCMP (South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions)
  4. SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals)
  5. PMSA (Project Management South Africa)

On successful completion of the PPM, suitable candidates may be eligible to apply for the professional designation of Project Manager (PM) conferred by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). PMSA is the SAQA recognized professional body representing the interests of project managers across sectors.

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