For decades project management relied on the iron triangle of cost, schedule, and scope. Project managers were selected for their technical skills and their process methodologies with the belief that these skills were the critical success factors dependent on project success. With the majority of projects reporting failures and technical skills not producing the higher success rates focus has shifted from technical skills to soft skill critical success factors including leadership. The literature has shown that there is a relationship between leadership and project improvements, but there is a lack of literature on if a project manager’s particular leadership style contributes to successful project outcomes especially in the construction industry. The construction industry contributes to approximately 4% of the U.S.’s GDP and reports among the highest percentage of project failures. This nonexperimental, quantitative explanatory study investigates the relationship between a construction project manager’s leadership style and construction project success. Asking the question “To what extent does a construction project manager’s leadership style explain project success?” ninety-two U.S. construction project managers were surveyed utilizing two survey instruments to analyze transformational leadership, transactional leadership, and laissez-faire avoidant leadership and project success. Simple linear regression analysis, multiple linear regression analysis, and descriptive statistics were utilized to study the results. The results found that there was a statistically significant relationship between a construction project manager’s leadership style and construction project success with transformational leadership having the greatest predictor of project success.
|Advisor:||Randall, Phillip M.|
|Commitee:||Hannon, John, Witteman, Pamelyn|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Critical success factors, Laissez-faire, Leadership, Project management, Transactional, Transformational|
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