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As the complexity of managing projects intensifies, and the practice of linking projects to strategic organizational objectives increases, contemporary project managers are acquiring skills--such as selling and negotiating--that surpass the technical areas traditionally associated with the discipline, skills that often equated with executive positions. As a result, project managers are now frequently climbing the corporate ladder and landing executive positions. This article looks at the maturation of project managers into executives, positions that were--until recently--primarily reserved for individuals with financial or sales backgrounds. In doing so, this article identifies the executive-level skills and training that project managers need to successfully climb the corporate ladder. The article also points out how MBA in Project Management programs are providing students with the foundation they need to professionally implement initiatives of strategic significance. A sidebar identifies short-term assignm
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