Investigating project managers' work values by repertory grids interviews

Shi Rui Song, Andrew Gale

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    Purpose - The purpose of the research is to investigate project managers' work values and their relationship with project managers' competence. Design/methodology/approach - In this research, the authors conducted semi-structured interviews using repertory grid techniques on 18 Chinese project managers. Three different approaches are utilised to analyse data obtained from the interviews. Findings - The authors categorised work values with different perspectives. Project managers' core work values are identified. Research limitations/implications - The authors recommend that work values are an important dimension in relation to project manager's competence. The understanding of a project manager's work values has a potential application in human resources development and competence-based management development. Originality/value - This paper presents an innovative approach to the investigation of a project manager's competence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)541-553
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Management Development
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • China
    • Competences
    • Management development
    • Project management
    • Work psychology


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