Higher Education is incorporating project management in their curricula, but literature on project management education, higher education practice and practitioner needs show little agreement (Nijhuis, 2017a). Guidance for curriculum design in Project Management is available (Task force on PM curricula, 2015), but also stresses that the development of the curricula should take the (local) context into consideration.Several studies points at a context dependence of project manager competences like leadership styles needed to achieve success (Turner & Müller, 2006) or competences required for success based on regional requirements (Turner, Müller, & Dulewicz, 2009).Several authors have tried to categorize projects (Busser, 2010; Crawford, Hobbs, & Turner, 2006; Dias, Tereso, Braga, & Fernandes, 2014; Dvir, Sadeh, & Malach-Pines, 2006; Müller & Turner, 2007), but on a whole not agreeing on what actually characterizes a project.This paper explores the concept of context from several points of view: does the project type (ICT vs engineering vs organizational) play a role in needed competences. Is there a difference between junior and senior project managers and what consequence could this have for higher education? Several sources of data are incorporated in this paper: 10 focus groups with experienced project managers revealing information on process and personal competences. A small survey on process and personal competences for junior project managers. A workshop with mixed experience project managers discussing the same items and several dedicated workshops aimed at finding ideas and perceptions of differences between junior and senior and contexts.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Project Management Conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Research meets Practice. Towards Project Management 3.0|
|Publisher||Delft University of Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||Project Management Congress “ADAPT or DIE”.: Research meets Practice: towards Project Management 3.0 - Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands|
Duration: 11 Apr 2019 → 12 Apr 2019
|Conference||Project Management Congress “ADAPT or DIE”.|
|Abbreviated title||PM congress 2019|
|Period||11/04/19 → 12/04/19|
- Project Management
- Attribute Competence
- Process Competence
Nijhuis, S. (2019). Context dependence of project management competences. In Proceedings of Project Management Conference: Research meets Practice. Towards Project Management 3.0 (pp. 711-783). Delft University of Technology.