Completion Date

Spring 6-18-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program or Discipline Name

Project Management

First Advisor

Thomas Sheives

Second Advisor

Karen Lubrecht


Extant project management literature on the factors that impact the success of projects suggests that the traits, competencies and leadership style of project managers positively impact project success. Despite this understanding, the key competencies and personality traits of projects managers is an under-researched area. While some studies are available that examine whether a particular behavioural trait of the project manager improves his / her efficiency, few studies prepare a list of the key competencies/traits of successful project managers. Given this consideration, the present study aims to prepare a comprehensive list of the traits/qualities of a project manager crucial for project success. Data for the study was collected with the help of a questionnaire (n=88). An analysis of the data reveals a typical competency profile of a project manager. The top competencies of project managers as reflected by the results of the current study are effective communication, emotional intelligence, team spirit, ability to manage conflict and the ability to deal with change. Implications of the findings are discussed.



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