The project manager core competencies to project success

Jeferson Carvalho Alvarenga (Graduate Programme in Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)
Robson Rosa Branco (Graduate Programme in Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)
André Luis Azevedo Guedes (Graduate Programme in Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)
Carlos Alberto Pereira Soares (Graduate Programme in Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)
Wainer da Silveira e Silva (Graduate Programme in Civil Engineering, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The past few decades have produced a number of investigations into the correlation between project managers’ competencies and project success. As a result, competencies lists have become extensive “shopping lists.” The purpose of this paper is to define the most important competencies to project success and investigate their correlations.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors surveyed project managers on the importance of 28 project manager competencies to project success. Data were analyzed using univariate and multivariate procedures.

Findings

Data show that communication, commitment and leadership appear as the three most relevant aspects. Multivariate analysis identified seven groups of competencies: leadership, self-management, interpersonal, communication, technical, productivity and managerial.

Practical implications

The results confirm a growing trend toward soft skills and reinforce the need for an update on project management education to fill the gap between theory and practice.

Originality/value

Project manager competencies lists have become too extensive, and the field is in constant change; therefore, this study updates the discussion and downsizes the number of competencies to fewer, more relevant items.

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Citation

Alvarenga, J., Branco, R., Guedes, A., Soares, C. and Silva, W. (2019), "The project manager core competencies to project success", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-12-2018-0274

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