The role of the project manager: all things to all people?

James Sommerville, Nigel Craig, Julie Hendry

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    Writers over the years have sought to define the nature and roles of a project manager. The attempts at these definitions have been based on rather historic writings of what a manager should do. This paper seeks to provide an up-to-date understanding of the current roles of a construction project manager. What becomes clear from this research is that the definition of the actual roles is vague and poorly defined and the role basket is loose with each project shaping the final range. The research shows that the number of roles undertaken by a project manager changes with age and also the nature of the roles undertaken moves with the maturity of the project manager.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132-141
    Number of pages10
    JournalStructural Survey
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


    • project management
    • construction engineering and management


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