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Internal versus external recruitment the story of three consecutive project managers in an IT project

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Ye, M and de Salas, K and Ollington, N, Internal versus external recruitment - the story of three consecutive project managers in an IT project, The 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems Proceedings, 30 November - 04 December, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-14. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

As project managers (PMs) play an important role in project success, assigning PMs with appropriate skills and personalities to projects is a crucial task. Nevertheless, empirical research on skill requirements for information technology (IT) PMs is limited and little information systems literature focuses on the role of internally recruited IT PMs. This paper presents a case study of a troubled IT project led by three consecutive PMs, with a range of backgrounds, skills, and personality types. Across subjects, IT project management was found to be a necessity of project success. Additionally, it was observed that internally recruited PMs showed advantages in understanding organisational culture and business processes. Lessons learned from the three PMs confirm the importance of particular skills previously described in the literature, and the need for an additional focus on how an IT PMs personality facilitates or inhibits IT project outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:IT project manager, IT project management, accidental project manager, project manager skills, personality
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information Systems
Research Field:Information Systems Management
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other Information and Communication Services
Objective Field:Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
Author:Ye, M (Ms Michelle Ye)
Author:de Salas, K (Dr Kristy de Salas)
Author:Ollington, N (Dr Nadia Ollington)
ID Code:105421
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Computing and Information Systems
Deposited On:2015-12-29
Last Modified:2016-07-26
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