The purpose of this paper is to identify and investigate the main challenges that project managers (PMs) face in the current projectification environment.
This research was conducted by means of semi-structured interviews and questionnaires. The participants in the study were 15 PMs and 57 project team members. A content analysis of the data was conducted by an inductive approach to determine the strengths and weaknesses that the PMs and project team members perceived.
The research reveals interesting insights, such as the identification of emerging challenges for the PMs of today, which include dealing with communications issues, motivating project team members, providing leadership and increasing team members’ emotional management and confidence.
The main limitation is the size and location of the sample, which represents the points of view of 15 Spanish PMs and the members of their work teams and sets aside the cultural aspects.
This new era is changing how organizations and managers must deal with people management, evolving toward more flexible and engaging leadership styles. This paper helps to provide new insights concerning the emerging challenges and needs of PMs, while integrating team member’s perceptions.
This paper forms part of a special section on “Projectification and the impact on societies”.
Ballesteros-Sánchez, L., Ortiz-Marcos, I. and Rodríguez-Rivero, R. (2019), "The project managers’ challenges in a projectification environment", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 522-544. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-09-2018-0195
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