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Skills and qualities and the effective project manager in the UK construction industry

Wilkinson, Sara J. and Palmer, Amy 2006, Skills and qualities and the effective project manager in the UK construction industry, in BEAR 2006 : Construction sustainability and innovation : CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, pp. 1-11.

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Title Skills and qualities and the effective project manager in the UK construction industry
Author(s) Wilkinson, Sara J.
Palmer, Amy
Conference name CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research (2006 : Hong Kong)
Conference location Hong Kong
Conference dates 10-13 April 2006
Title of proceedings BEAR 2006 : Construction sustainability and innovation : CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Place of publication Hong Kong
Keyword(s) construction industry
project manager
project management
skills
Summary The professional project manager is a sought after commodity (McManus, 1995:12). Many companies face increasing demands to complete projects faster, at lower costs and to higher specifications and as Lock (1996;50) comments; “This work, far from requiring specialisation, demands a sufficient general understanding of the work carried out by those participants for the project manager to be able to discuss the work sensibly”. Though for some the term project manager can be clearly identified, others believe the terms project manager and project management, as used in the construction industry, mean all things to all men and lead to confusion (The Chartered Institute of Building, 1982;12). The lack of clarity surrounding the role of project manager made this area worthy of investigation.

This research sought a deeper understanding of the project management role and an identification of the skills and professionals associated with it. The desk top study revealed definitions of the role and perceptions of the skills involved. The literature showed that authors believed in the need for a balance between knowledge, experience and training and the types of professions involved. The research methodology comprised a qualitative approach, with a questionnaire sent out to a non-random sample of practices specialising in project management. The data analysis adopted uni and bi-variant methods, using SPSS. The research found that the role of the project manager is very broad. Furthermore it is adopted by many construction professions as the background of the project manager is largely perceived as irrelevant to the role. A definition is proposed and relevant skills are identified, finally the importance of experience and training is highlighted.
ISBN 9789623675116
9623675119
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022423

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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