The Human Side of Project Management: Leadership Skills

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The Human Side of Project Management: Leadership Skills


QIAN SHI, Ph.D., AND JIANGUO CHEN, Ph.D. The Human Side of Project Management: Leadership Skills Project Management Institute, 2006, ISBN 13: 9781933890197, ISBN 10:1933890193, paperback, 61 pp., $27.95 Member, $34.95 Nonmember.

GOOD LEADERS know how to harness the energy and capabilities of a project team. As those team members are increasingly scattered around the world, project leaders must learn to understand the cultural and business climates of other countries.

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing the profession of project management, PMI funded The Human Side of Project Management: Leadership Skills, a multipart study of the leadership characteristics and traits shared by successful project leaders. Project managers can use the study to learn the essential people skills that can make the difference between success and failure on a project-regardless of geographic locale.

The study also includes a framework for selecting project leaders who exemplify the key characteristics and traits identified in the research, with particular emphasis on project managers working in China, due to that country's growing need for project management. The study's findings are applicable to a variety of projects and industries, however.

The report's authors, researchers from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, employed a number of tactics: including a review of current literature, investigation and interviews, theory analysis, experiment design, and data collection and processing. …

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