The relationship between project managers' competence, professional experience, and education on career success: A correlation study

by Coleman, Rebecca A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 92 pages; 3646089


Incompetent project managers can be costly to organizations because of wasted effort and time. A study on large scale projects revealed 17% of information technology (IT) projects failed and threatened the existence of organizations. One reason for failed projects is the lack of formal project management and education programs offered by organizations. Prior research has concentrated on project success impacted by the project managers' gender, attributes of a project manager, and developing project competence. Other research has concentrated on the knowledge and skills requirements required in project management, project knowledge management, the project life cycle, and project critical success factors. This quantitative study investigated the relationship between project manager career success and project managers' competence, professional experience, and education. To operationalize the variables and career success, the researcher used Pinto and Slevin's Project Implementation Profile (PIP) instrument. Regression analysis was used to examine the variables and career success. Results indicated that project manager's competence and professional experience greatly impact career success. Results did not prove a significant relationship between career success and education.

AdviserWerner D. Gottwald
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Occupational psychology
Publication Number3646089

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