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Leadership in Civil Engineering: Effects of Project Managers’ Leadership Styles on Project Performance
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9524-4814
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1746-2637
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5661-5237
Swedish Transport Administration Luleå.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Management in Engineering, ISSN 0742-597X, E-ISSN 1943-5479, Vol. 31, no 6, article id 4015011Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Successful completion of a construction project requires the ability to coordinate activities of numerous individuals participating in tasks that often have high levels of complexity and uncertainty. Thus, the project manager plays crucial roles, often setting the ground rules and fostering a collective approach that strongly influence project performance. However, there are uncertainties regarding various aspects of project managers’ influence, particularly related to their leadership style. Thus, the research reported in this paper explores the degrees to which leadership styles affect project outcome and specific leadership styles are appropriate in specific types of situations. The analysis is based on a questionnaire survey of views of 162 project managers employed by the largest public infrastructure client in Sweden. The results indicate that project performance (in terms of cost, time, and quality) is affected by leadership, suggesting that the project manager’s leadership style is a significant project success factor. Further, the results show that certain styles are appropriate in different situations, highlighting the importance of a contingency perspective

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2015. Vol. 31, no 6, article id 4015011
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Construction Engineering and Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6642DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000367ISI: 000363088800026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84944706626Local ID: 4e35c651-0a70-472e-81d9-a931ee551bd3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-6642DiVA, id: diva2:979528
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20150413 (ojajoh)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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