Management of Projects Dissertation Abstracts

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  • Ethics, National Culture and Projects in the Modern Organisation; Student: Maria Doufa; Supervisor: Bland Tomkinson

    The extent to which nationality affects ethics in combination with other factors has not yet been clearly identified by current research. This dissertation examines ethics, national culture and projects. It specifically investigates how nationality affects ethical decision-making within businesses, in particular project environments. Since big scandals and unethical conduct (e.g. the Enron case or Goldman Sacks information-sharing accusations) question current practices, there is focus on ethical considerations. Furthermore, failure of international projects has created a necessity for considering cultural differences, in order to form and maintain long-term partnerships. Understanding why employees behave the way they do, can contribute in the promotion of desirable and ethical conduct, whilst respecting individual traits and culture.

    Through an extensive literature review it has been determined that the majority of the research community agree that nationality impacts the way individuals perceive and act, regarding moral dilemmas. Cultural dimensions frameworks are used to explain perceived similarities and differences from those of various nationalities. This knowledge can be incorporated into Ethics frameworks, which constitutes an integral part of the project management discipline. An extensive analysis of all existing research provides some new insights which should be useful for changes in current practices and future research.

  • The Role of Creativity in Project Management and How to Enhance Individual Creativity; Student: Lu Ding; Supervisor: Anna Hiley

    Creativity is a powerful platform for businesses to thrive in the dynamic global market and as organisations become increasingly project-based; however, far too little attention has been paid to creativity in project management.

    This dissertation aims to investigate the influence of creativity on business performance, identifying whether creativity can be applied in project management of project-oriented organisations, and explores the factors that influence the expression of individual creativity. In the process of preparing the dissertation, qualitative research method has been applied, through a literature review. This dissertation finds that creativity plays a vital role in helping businesses gain competitive advantages and enabling them to adapt to the changing market. There is evidence that creativity does not necessarily get killed in project management and creativity should be fostered in project management as it may lead to better performance. Furthermore, this dissertation finds out that individual creativity can be influenced by two features, which are: individual characteristics and work environment. Accordingly, project managers can influence these factors in order to enhance the expression of individual creativity, which will leads the project team to higher levels of creativity.

  • Does the Leadership of a Project Team affect the way in which the Project Performs; Student: Chang Liu; Supervisor: Nigel Smith

    Project team leaders need to deploy suitable and adaptive leadership to maintain high effectiveness of the project, and the eventual best project performance. However, today’s globalisation business environment and information technology push leaders to face more challenges to leadership and project performance management.

    The purpose of this research is to discuss how leadership influences project performance. This study deployed qualitative secondary research combined with Grounded Theory to review, discuss, and adjust current models. A key finding of this study is that transformational leadership is advantageous in improving project performance. The main reason behind such phenomenon was that transformational leadership coped with characteristics of projects, temporariness, diversified staff and time limits. This dissertation discovers the profile of a successful project leader contains the ability to: 1) Lead by example, 2) Be visionary, 3) Be technically competent, 4) Be decisive, 5) Be a good communicator, 6) Be a good motivator,7) Stand up to top management when necessary, 8) Support team members, and 9) Encourage new ideas. Cultural issues also challenge leadership. Chinese leadership demonstrated self-contradictory mix of paternalistic leadership style with the combination of servant leadership and transactional leadership, while holding the spirit of transformational leadership.

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