Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural intelligence and its relationship with key project manager competencies
by Bender, Kurt A., Ph.D., Indiana Institute of Technology, 2014, 164; 3646234
Abstract (Summary)

As organizations face increased challenges associated with globalization, developing the next leadership generation is an opportunity to create competitive advantage. Within the context of globalization, two key challenges stand for these organizations. The first challenge is the increase in cultural diversity. Cultural diversity has changed the landscape of international and domestic organizations resulting in a new global workforce with complex and dynamic challenges. The second major challenge associated with globalization is increased complexities imposed on leadership to lead strategic initiatives for organizations. This research brought these two key challenges together by examining the relationship of cultural intelligence (CQ) and key project manager competencies. A quantitative, correlational study was conducted to determine if relationships exist between CQ dimensions (cognitive, metacognitive, behavioral, and motivational) and key project manager competencies (communicating, leading, managing, cognitive ability, effectiveness, and professionalism). The sample participants were organizational leaders consisting of project managers associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI). The findings indicated a statistically significant relationship exists between CQ dimensions and project manager personal competencies. The results indicated a weak strength in Pearson’s correlation coefficient implicating further research should be performed. Additionally, the findings indicated a statistically significant difference when comparing the CQ scores competency scores of project managers between those who had experience in multicultural workplace environments and those who did not. The results of this study are significant for global leaders as cultural diversity and demand for leadership competencies increases due to new globalization. A recommendation, based on these findings is organizations should develop cultural intelligence focused training and leadership competency development initiatives that support increased project success. Finally, it is recommended that further research be explored supporting development of leadership in diverse organizations.

Keywords: cultural intelligence theory, leadership competency theory, project manager competencies

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dusseau, Steven
Commitee: Tolstikov-Mast, Yulia, Walls, Jeffrey
School: Indiana Institute of Technology
Department: Global Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management
Keywords: Competencies, Cultural intelligence, Leadership competency, Project manager
Publication Number: 3646234
ISBN: 978-1-321-36185-8
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