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The Project Manager's Leadership Style as a Success Factor on Projects: a Literature Review
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2005 (English)In: Project Management Journal, ISSN 8756-9728, E-ISSN 1938-9507, Vol. 36, no 2, 49-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The literature on general management research often identifies leadership style as a critical success factor impacting individual and organizational performance. In this paper, commissioned by the Project Management Institute, the authors survey the recent literature on project management to determine whether project management researchers consider leadership style a critical success factor when managing projects and whether they believe leadership style impacts project outcome. This paper opens by outlining the purpose of this study and then describing the general management literature on leadership styles and competence in relation to four elements: 20th century leadership theory; team behavior; managerial behavior; and leadership competence. It then looks at the literature on project management and discusses the research on the relationship between a project manager's leadership style and competence and project outcome and success. It then identifies and explains six points concerning the project manager leadership style and competence that researchers have most frequently explored. The paper concludes by detailing this review's findings and by suggesting ideas on this topic that researchers could further explore. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Copyright of Project Management Journal is the property of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. / Education and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.

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Project Management Institute , 2005. Vol. 36, no 2, 49-61 p.
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50357OAI: diva2:462122
Available from: 2011-12-06 Created: 2011-12-06

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