Modern Project Management

(ISSN: 2317-3963)

Focus on the most critical demands in IT project manager recruitment

Siw Lundqvist
Siw Lundqvist Linnaeus University Sweden


Many descriptions are available about the qualifications IT project managers are supposed to hold in order to be fully eligible and fit for employment. Sometimes these knowledge demands are apprehended as scary in a way that actually reject people from taking on a journey for such a job career. This research concerns how IT project managers in Swedish public authorities regard the demands on their profession; 46 questions regarding these matters are answered (survey 2016) by 82 individuals. The four most prominent requirements turned out to be: 1) experience from project management, 2) self-sufficiency, 3a) being social, and on shared third place 3b) being co-operative. The three demans counted from the bottom ranking, concerned holding project management certifications. The findings are useful for practice because it could ply down excessively described expectations and put light on highly relevant requirements instead. For research, the findings provide input to further research.

Keywords: IT project manager recruitment, IT project success, IT project manager qualifications.



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