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Main competencies to manage complex defence projects

Bolzan de Rezende, L; Blackwell, P; Denicol, J; Guillaumon, S; (2021) Main competencies to manage complex defence projects. Project Leadership and Society , 2 , Article 100014. 10.1016/j.plas.2021.100014. Green open access

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Abstract

This research adds a comprehensive way of assessing competencies, contrasting with the usual reductionist approach that uses off-the-shelf instruments. The study reveals 27 competencies to manage complex projects based upon a comprehensive analysis of 22 interviews with senior practitioners associated with the most strategic projects from the Brazilian Army. These competencies were divided into 10 groups, namely influencing, communication, team working, cognitive, management, contextual skills, professionalism, project management knowledge, and personal skills and attributes. Surprisingly, both emotional skills and social competencies were not prominent. The results contribute to advance our knowledge by revealing that practitioners involved in complex defence projects value more technical and individual competencies. This study analyses competencies across several complex projects in the defence sector, providing insights to practitioners and expanding the academic debate focused on other industries and single cases. Organisations might use the competencies to recruit, select, and develop human resources involved in complex defence initiatives.

Type: Article
Title: Main competencies to manage complex defence projects
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.plas.2021.100014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plas.2021.100014
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Complex projects, Project manager, Knowledge, Competencies, Skills
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130943
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