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What do IT consultancy companies look for when hiring/appointing IT project managers?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As IT becomes more prominent in our everyday life the pressure to develop high-quality IT product and services increase. Currently, the IT industry suffers from high project failure rates, the high failure rates are in part attributed to the lack of good project managers. This has spawned a multitude of both IT-management education and studies in hopes of creating optimal IT project managers. However, is there a discrepancy between what companies want and what they need? This study investigates what traits, competencies, and education that are regarded as valuable for project managers by the IT consultancy sector. This is done through qualitative interviews with personnel within IT-consultancy firms. The study concludes that the IT consultancy firms value the right personality above all. Then experience as a major requirement, followed by the right competence that suits the company's work. It also shows that the consultancy firms are bounded by requirements set by their customers. To conclude the study suggests how this can be changed to move the industry towards a direction that will benefit new graduates and potential IT project managers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 32 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), SPM 2016.16
Keyword [en]
IT-management, IT-consultancy, Project Management, Management, Project Manager, Project Leader, Competence
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122399OAI: diva2:938466
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IT Consultancy firm
Educational program
Master's Programme in IT Management
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-16 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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