CLEMSON — The seventh edition of “Successful Project Management,” co-authored by Clemson University President James P. Clements, has just been published by Cengage Learning, a leading publisher of educational content.

The seventh edition of "Successful Project Management" has been published.

The seventh edition of “Successful Project Management” has been published.
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The textbook, written with Jack Gido, former director of economic and workforce development at Penn State, and Rose Baker, assistant professor in the learning technologies department at University of North Texas, has been used in over 50 countries and more than 100 universities across the United States.

The book has been published in English, including an India edition as well as customized editions and also translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. Since it was first published in 1998 well over 250,000 copies have been sold in the United States and Canada, and it is estimated that an equivalent number has been sold in the translated editions worldwide.

“Successful Project Management” includes comprehensive information ranging from the development and effectiveness of project teams, project manager responsibilities and skills, project communications, to planning, scheduling, cost management, and controlling project performance. It is closely aligned with the standardized PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) terminology and guidelines. The textbook also includes instructor and student companion websites that contain support materials.

Designed for students, professionals and volunteers -– anyone involved with projects, not just project managers –- the book presents the essential skills needed to make effective contributions to teams and to have an immediate impact on the accomplishment of projects that are critical to an organization’s success.

The seventh edition includes:

  • revised chapter concepts and content to support the PMBOK knowledge areas,
  • animated videos of selected case studies and
  • updated real-world vignettes that discuss a variety of applications and industry sectors, North American and abroad.

“The book certainly is one of the market leaders and has a great user base,” said Aaron Arnsparger, senior project manager of CENGAGE, the book’s publisher.

Arnsparger added that this edition of the book will be the first to be supplemented with Cengage’s “MindTap” online and mobile learning app that will allow teachers to tailor their use of the book to meet their classroom needs and provide additional learning tools to users.


The authors
James. P. Clements became the 15th president of Clemson University in December 2013. Prior to coming to Clemson, he was president of West Virginia University for five years. He also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for economic and community outreach, computer and information sciences department chair and the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Technology during his tenure at Towson University in Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a Master of Science in computer science from Johns Hopkins University; and bachelor’s and master’s of science in computer science degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Jack Gido recently retired as director of economic and workforce development at Penn State and was director of PennTAP, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State. He has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Penn State. He has 20 years of industrial management experience.

Before joining the College of Information at the University of North Texas, Rose Baker was a faculty member and directed research and educational centers at Penn State. She holds a Ph.D. in instructional systems and Master of Education in adult education theory and practice from Penn State and a bachelor of arts in mathematics and chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College. She has more than 25 years of project management experience in the public and private sector.