Project Management Institute

An exploratory study of gender in project management

interrelationships with role, location, technology, and project cost

In decades past, project management was primarily a male-dominated discipline. But over the past decade, women have increasingly gained prominence--as practitioners, scholars, and teachers--and are now both redefining the typical image of the project manager and expanding the skills project managers need to function effectively in today's business world. This article examines the findings of an online survey--involving responses from 563 project team members--that explores how gender differences affect the way project teams play their roles, work together, use technology, and utilize resources. In doing so, it overviews findings from the few previously published studies on how gender affects the nature of managing projects; it defines the current study's focus: To determine whether gender differences in project managers are related to gender differences in team members.
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