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The development of constructs of program context and program success: a qualitative study
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. Norwegian School of Management BI, Sjöbogatan 10, 212 28 Malmö, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 29, no 8, 947-959 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Growth in the use of programs to achieve organizational strategy has led to a requirement to understand the leadership competences of effective program managers. This paper presents the results of the first stage of a larger study on the influence of leadership on program results. A qualitative, inductive interview-based approach was used with 15 program managers from a range of industries in China, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK. The purpose of this qualitative study is: a) to develop the constructs for program context and program success in the research model in order to design a questionnaire for the subsequent quantitative study; b) to collect data from program managers on the magnitude and mix of leadership competences needed for successful program management. In addition to the development of measurement dimensions for program context and program success, the results also show that program managers' leadership competences are a key success factor in program management and program managers' leadership styles are contingent on program context.

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2011. Vol. 29, no 8, 947-959 p.
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Program success, Program context, Leadership competence
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105342DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.02.003ISI: 000296208000001OAI: diva2:824754
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-22Bibliographically approved

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