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Gaps between skills for successful project management and project management framework education


  • de Jong, Arie Cornelis

    () (Cyprus International University)


Many complex, ambitious and innovative industrial activities are organized in projects. Yet, in spite of professional project management education, projects often do not reach their goals within time and budget. This raises the question of "gaps" between project management education and real project management demands. Three well-known project management frameworks, PRINCE2®, PMBOK, and ICB IPMA, were analysed empirically. Hypotheses were derived by comparing general project management requirements with the frameworks. 156 international project managers and trainers answered questions about problems in projects, project management frameworks used, and perceived benefits and shortcomings. Main issues not covered by the frameworks referred to communication and interpersonal skills, general problem solving skills and flexibility, and change/ risk management and monitoring/ controlling. There are differences between the frameworks too. The results suggest that problem based learning should be emphasized more in project management education.

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  • de Jong, Arie Cornelis, 2017. "Gaps between skills for successful project management and project management framework education," Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre ökonomische Forschung, Allensbach Hochschule, issue 1, pages 107-114, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:zfioef:0101

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    project management education; project management framework; project management skill; project success;

    JEL classification:

    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation


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