To be successful should the project manager be a leader or a manager

Botha, Willem Johannes (2007-12)

Thesis (MBA) -- Stellenbosch University, 2007.


The regard for project management as a very effective toolset to handle the rapid changing business environment where organizations have to cope with globalisation, the creation and production of more innovative products in shorter time spans to remain competitive, has grown in popularity. The project management framework offers the organization time, cost, and quality management functions that high lights the project progress reporting to project stakeholders and decision makers. The organization is assured of a higher probability of project successes, and the creation and communication of the perception of project success, as experienced by all project stakeholders through a single point of accountability, and the inclusion of the client in the various stages of the project life cycle. Despite the highly regarded results, the project management paradigm promises its implementers, project management can fail to satisfy the expectations of the project stakeholders. Many authors and researchers alike have identified "leadership" as one of the critical dimensions of a project that can have a great influence on the success of projects. leadership as a concept has been taught by Aristotle many centuries ago to a select few in contrast today leadership is taught by thousands to masses of students at many intuitions. The perception of leadership has evolved over time and this democratisation of leadership has made the concept available to all, at all levels of the organizational structure. The successes of organizations in projects beyond the previously imagined and set boundaries of the past are ample proof of this. Leadership is the key to the creation of human capital through the application of project management.

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