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A Longitudinal Study of the Required Skills of Project Managers

Yang Fan, Michael Thomas, Vittal Anantatmula


There is no formula for finding the right project manager in today’s dynamic project and organizational contexts. While some research has investigated and identified various skills and competencies project managers should demonstrate, less is known about the structure of project manager skills and competencies needed to fit the changing project environment and the impact of industry type on such structures. The objective of this research is to explore how the emphasis of organizations in selecting project managers shifts over time and how it differs with industry type. It is expected that the findings of this study will provide insight into the prevailing state of project manager selection.


project manager skills; selection emphasis; industry type.


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