Accession Number:

ADA465231

Title:

A Project Manager's Personal Attributes as Predictors for Success

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

122.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this research was to determine what personal attributes project managers PMs possess that lead them to project management success. Numerous attributes are identified in the literature through a variety of methods, but very few studies relate specific qualities to success. The traits identified in the literature were compiled and condensed into seven distinct skills and attributes leadership ability, communication skills, decision-making skills, administrative skills, coping ability, analytical thinking ability, and technical competence. A survey method was developed to measure levels of each attribute as well as performance ratings and observations from the PMs supervisor to provide a level of PM success. Participants were PMs and their supervisors from the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, a project management firm within the U.S. Air Force. Results from the sample of 23 PMs surveyed showed that administrative ability is the single most important trait for PMs to possess. Leadership ability emphasizing teamwork, decision-making skills with moderate levels of an adaptive decision-making style, and moderate levels of technical competence also were found to contribute to PM success. No conclusions could be drawn regarding communication skills, analytical thinking, and coping ability.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE