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Sökes - övermänsklig projektledare? - en studie om rekryterares syn på projektledares profil
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The role as a project manager is a fairly new profession occupied by persons manageing great values within organizations. A couple of hundred thousand project managers are active in Sweden as of today. Two thirds of the project managers are men, although women are rising by numbers according to Svenskt Projektforum. (Sjöholm, 050309) Project managers are becoming more common and even more valuable within different organizations and companies. If a project manager is not suitable for his project assignment, immense and severe consequences can occur for the organization as well as for the project. A missed recruitment of a project manager can therefore become incredibly expensive. The consequences, on the other hand, can turn out extremely positive if the company is successful in selecting the exact matching project manager for the project. The question is; what is then requested by a project manager? The purpose of the essay is to illustrate a sample of how a profile of demands can be presented prior to recruitment of a project manager. Further more we are examining if there are differences between men and women in the profile of demand and also what are considered as the highest priority during recruitment of education, experience and personal characteristics. We have conducted a qualitative study consisting of five interviews in order to answer our research questions. A strategic sample of respondents was selected and people who are hiring external project managers within different lines of business were chosen. The study indicates that the picture of the superhuman project manager is rather a result of the list of wishes created by people hiring project managers. We have from the conducted interviews produced a sample of how a list of demands can be portrait prior to recruitment of a project manager. Requested in a project manager is that the applicant should have experience within the line of business, experience of running projects, prior experience of supervising staff and an adequate degree together with excellent communication skills. The personal characteristics a project manager ought to have is social skills, organization and structure skills, independence, enterprising and have the ability to see the whole picture as well as to lead the project towards its goal. The study also reveals that the respondents value personal characteristics preferred to both experience and education in contrast to the theory that rates experience as number one. The study also establishes that there are no differences between men and women in the profile of demands when hiring a project manager.

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2005. , p. 67
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-56348Local ID: INF D-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-56348DiVA, id: diva2:1116529
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Information Systems
Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-27

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