Tackling Project Management Competence Research

Steven Nijhuis, Ruben Vrijhoef, Joseph Kessels

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The vast amount of previous research on project management competence does not provide a basis for educational needs. Analyzing previous research poses two challenges: the lack of a uniform list of competences, necessitating a taxonomy, and the use of importance as a criterion, favoring general important competences. Criticality is introduced as the competence a project manager adds to the team. Validation research using criticality and the taxonomy among experienced Dutch project managers is more comprehensive and provides a lesser focus on general important competences than previous research. Criticality focuses more on the essence of the profession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-81
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • competence research
  • criticality
  • project management competences
  • project management education
  • taxonomy


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