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Successful project leadership: An analysis of the Greek construction market

Mamantzis, Dimitrios E.; (2005) Successful project leadership: An analysis of the Greek construction market. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Leadership has always been an issue of exceptional complexity, but at the same time an area of significant interest and challenge. Yet, research has been mainly focused on general management situations and not on the level of project management. Particularly, in relation to the Greek construction in reality there is a very limited bibliography on the issue of project leadership, especially if taking into account how significant it is considered by the relevant professionals. The objective of this research is to explore the issue of project leadership in the Greek construction market and provide a general overview of this topic. For this reason 12 successful construction companies were approached, asking them to suggest one of their best project managers to be interviewed. Interviews included both quantifiable questions (Likert scale) and qualitative ones (open-ended) in order to cover a variety of theory's aspects. The extracted data were used in establishing a thorough analysis over which traits and competencies are required to overcome conflicts, avoid inefficiencies, excel in financial performance and generally achieve success, in relation to the way projects are led. Personal details (scientific background, age), preferable leadership style, concern for people and tasks (using the managerial grid), inclination towards either the transactional or transformational type of leadership and time orientation of project managers are only some of the issues that will be specified through the mathematical analysis of the extracted from the interviews data. Additionally, whether project leaders' personal estimation of their leadership style coincides with the corresponding results of quantitative analysis will be clarified. Finally, the characteristics/skills that they consider to be essential for successful project leadership and the connection of project leadership with corporate profitability are another two issues that will be under investigation.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Successful project leadership: An analysis of the Greek construction market
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570369
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