1967 was the year that Sweden went over to right-hand traffic. The same year, our exciting journey started and since then we have accumulated a lot of experience in how to succeed with projects and with your own leadership.

There when it happens….

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1960 – 1967

“Project” as a concept is increasingly evident in Sweden, especially in the context of larger, complex ventures where many activities and resources need to be better coordinated.

1967 Projektadministration AB (later Wenell Management AB) was founded by Torbjörn and Gun-Lis Wenell. They focused on new planning techniques and eventually computer-aided project management.

1968 – 1972

An training model emerges. Torbjörn Wenell initiates and founds Föreningen Nätplan (currently Svenskt Projektforum) in 1968. Torbjörn conducts extensive training in project planning techniques where thousands of course participants get to learn about network planning.

1973 – 1979

Leadership and group dynamics are at the centre. Behavioral scientists and psychologists are recruited. We conduct the first courses in project management, focusing on the role of leader and leadership in the given organisation. The approach to planning is reviewed and renewed.

1980 – 1984

In 1981 we introduce the term “Projectivity” in order to emphasise the ability of an organisation to use projects to achieve their commercial and social goals, an ability that is becoming more and more important for many businesses. The concept is embraced by Ericsson among others, and with our support they develop their new project model PROPS.

More and more people are talking about Management by Projects as a leadership tool, focusing on flows and processes.

The Project Management School becomes our base for our open courses in project management. Projects are not only used in large projects, the concept becomes a part of everyday work in many businesses. More and more tasks are completed in projects.

1985 – 1988

The Maneuvrability Model is developed in the early 80’s and is published in 1985 in the book “Maneuvrability” by Torbjörn Wenell and SG Larson. Holistic thinking becomes important, and the book talks about the most important part of leadership, realization, and is written to inspire innovation in the organisations of the future.

In 1987, our company changes name to Wenell Management AB, since our focus in the 80’s has increasingly been about streamlining project-intensive businesses as a whole and not just the leadership and management of individual projects.

1989 – 1993

To develop our consulting business, and to be closer to some of our customers, we open regional offices in Malmö and Gothenburg.

Models for modern product development are established, including functional integrated projects and task forces – a first step towards a more agile approach to working in projects.

1994 – 1997

Collaboration with universities increases. Research and development about the application of projects also increases. We are a part of founding The Swedish Project Academy in 1994, which among other things starts selecting the Best Project Manager of the Year in Sweden. Our network is continuously developed, and a new way to think and work in projects emerges.

In 1997, Torbjörn Wenell transfers the CEO role to Ulf Bengtsson who will lead the company forward over the next 20 years.

1998 – 2002

Our leadership training expands and our other courses undergo substantial development. Our international collaboration increases. The number of employed consultants doubles. Our range of services is increased in order to support projects and project-intensive businesses.

Our website is increasingly becoming a meeting place for those interested in projects. Our simple, practical project model is put on the website, and our Project Management School continues to expand, with courses now offered in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Linköping, Uppsala, Umeå, and Eskilstuna.

2003 – 2006

A new approach to projects and its application in different businesses emerges. During 2004, Wenell and the research programme Fenix at Chalmers, in collaboration with Arena Projekt, create a creative meeting place for practitioners, researchers and consultants.

Shorter gatherings with exciting topics are being organised regularly under the banner Meet Wenell

As one of the first members of Utbildningsföretagens Förening, currently Sveriges Auktoriserade Utbildningsföretag, we become an authorised provider of training after a revision by Bureau Veritas.

2007 – 2008

In 2007, we complete our extensive work on developing our course material, in terms of both content and structure. The material is available in both Swedish and English. In recent years we have conducted projects in Scandinavia, all over Europe, Latin America, the US, Australia, Southeast Asia, China, and India.

The interest in integrating project methodology and behavioural skills is growing stronger. We recruit more consultants. At the end of 2008, we have 18 hired consultants with diverse backgrounds but with one common denominator – extensive experience in project management in businesses and in society.

We develop new methods of learning in collaboration with one of our bigger clients. The concept is called “Learning that sticks” and is based on an educational period that includes work before the actual course and coaching meetings and follow-up work after completing the course.

2009 – 2011

In 2009, we move to new, modern premises in central Stockholm to create a new venue for our customers and course participants. Here we conduct regular gatherings and courses.

We are appointed as Registered Education Provider by Project Management Institute (PMI). As a further step in internationalising our organisation, we expand our partnere network in Lithuania and India. In 2010, we open our new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to better support our international clients in this region.

In 2011, in collaboration with our partner Moment Projektkonsult, we initiate Project Inspiration (in Swedish Projektnäring) – a new venue with regular professional development meetings for project professionals.

Our resources for developing leadership in organizations are reinforced and in 2011 we have three employed consultants that are licensed psychologists specialising in OBM (Organisational Behaviour Management) and behaviour-based leadership. We keep developing our popular Project Management Programme and integrate skills in methods and behavior to an even greater extent.

2012 – 2014

We get an increased amount of international projects and we conduct many courses in English in a global environment. We sign an partner agreement with IAAP Global in Buenos Aires to better support our international clients in Latin America.

Our basic training in project management, Applied Project Management, is authorized by Svenskt Projektforum and is now an IPMA Certified Programme. We conduct our first preparation course for those who want to become certified project managers in accordance with IPMA.

We enhance our presence in the market by signing a new collaborative deal with Dataföreningen Kompetens who are now marketing our courses in their networks.

In December 2013 we move into our new premises in Malmö, providing us with new opportunities both in terms of courses in our own facilities and establishing a strong venue for development in the region.

2015 –

We deliver a large project for leadership development for managers in a large corporation in Sweden where a total of about 120 people participate in a customized program. The number of leadership development projects for positions other than project managers increases.

In 2015/2016 we sign agreements with two large international corporations and become their “Global supplier” of methodology and leadership development for project leaders at all levels. Our consultants are now conducting assignments all over the world.

July 1 2016, Tommy Olin steps in as Wenell’s new CEO.

We increase our presence in social media and become a hub for developing the project formula. We regularly participate in interesting networks and host more and more in-house seminars and workshops, but also on behalf of our customers.

In 2017, we celebrate our 50th anniversary as a standalone and independent consulting and training company in Sweden.

 

 

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