Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Project Leadership and the PMBOK® Guide
by Toth, Paul Alexander, D.B.A., Jones International University, 2011, 150; 3453303
Abstract (Summary)

The career model for the future of project management is leadership. Portfolio managers, program managers, project managers, and project co-coordinators need to evolve from managing projects to leading them. These project practitioners need a firm grounding in project leadership concepts and techniques to evolve in project leadership maturity, and to drive successful projects. Project leadership maturity originates from an understanding of these concepts and practicing. These techniques, known as good practices, once identified, and utilized will drive project success. A mature project leader, using good practices, imparts the project vision to the project team members, insuring that the human element of the project is fruitful. In effect, the project practitioner is the project leader - a guidepost for project success rather than just a gatekeeper for project plan details. However, project managers need both elements of leadership and management, if they intend to guide projects to successful fruition. This research reviewed various project leadership theories, and identified potential good practices, as defined in the PMBOK ® Guide. Further, this research did not look for gaining new project leadership knowledge, nor was the study objectives to prove or disprove any project or general leadership theories. The research gathered information from PMI members to identify if project leadership good practices existed, and if they do exist, if they should be part of a future PMBOK® Guide. Of the 703 requests sent out on LinkedIn, 201 PMI members responded (28.6% response rate). The sample found: that 92.6% agreed project leadership knowledge led to project leadership competency, that 76.6% agreed project leadership good practices should be part of the PMBOK® Guide, 90.5% agreed project sponsors felt that the project manager was the project leader, and that 94.0% agreed project leadership knowledge was essential for project success. Based on the study findings, the researcher recommends that PMI consider adding project leadership knowledge into the PMBOK® Guide.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Raftery, Sue
Commitee: Pogue, Laura, Polack, Frank, Spangenburg, Janice, Thompson, Richard
School: Jones International University
Department: School of Business
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Certified Associates in Project Manager, Leadership, Project Management Body of Knowledge, Project Management Institute, Project management professionals
Publication Number: 3453303
ISBN: 978-1-124-61292-8
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