Personality And Ethicality: Problems in Project Management Term Paper by Nicky

A look at problems faced by a project manager.
# 150979 | 775 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Business (Management) , Engineering (General)

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This paper examines the circumstances that led to a project manager's demotion back to engineer and ultimately the failure of his project. The paper focuses on the qualities necessary for successful project management based on the situation highlighted in the paper. In particular, it notes the importance of strong leadership skills and overall personality. The paper cites personal characteristics of Gary, the project manager in the paper that undermined his ability to succeed with his team. It also addresses some ethical issues involved in Gary's project. The paper concludes by stating that with more guidance and less conflict within the team, Gary could have succeeded as a project leader.

From the Paper:

"The importance of developing effective management skills is well documented by anecdotal experience as well as in empirical literature (Longenecker & Fink 2006). A growing lack of technical expertise has actually been cited as a problem in management as well, but this is not Gary's problem (Longenecker & Fink 2006). His expertise is solely technical, and his lack of ability to keep the project on target and the various branches of the organization up-to-date and involved in the changes to the project demonstrate his lack of organizational ability and effective communication skills (Longenecker & Fink 2006). He also fails to note the importance of the customer's perceptions and desires; his background as an engineer seems to have influenced his perspective in that it remains focused solely on the details of the work, and not the ultimate result--i.e. the customer's satisfaction (UMUC 2003)."
"Personality also has a lot to do with success in project management positions. Gary's personality was ill-suited to the position in two major ways. First, his eagerness to please everyone around him--as evidenced by his decision to sacrifice his personal ethics and his desire to not overburden others..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dvir, D.; Sadeh, A. & Malach-Pines, A. (2006). "Projects and project managers: The relationship between project manger's personality, project types, and project success." Project management journal 37(5), pp. 36-48.
  • Longenecker, C. & Fink, L. (2006). "Closing the management skills gap: a call for action." Development and learning in organizations 20(1), pp. 16-9.
  • Markkula center for applied ethics. (2009). "A framework for applied ethics." Santa Clara university. Accessed 21 October 2009.
  • UMUC. (2003). "The Orion Shield Project." Accessed 21 October 2009.

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