Project Management Institute

Recruiting project managers

a comparative analysis of competencies and recruitment signals from job advertisements

This paper addresses the competencies organizations use through project manager job advertisements. The authors developed a list of project management job competencies and then they break down the competency components into knowledge, skills, and abilities. A comparative analysis of the use of these competencies is also presented. The authors examine the online contents of project manager job advertisements in the public domain. Analysis shows that industry job advertisements emphasize "soft skills" and competencies in a manner different from that in the literature. Additionally, the paper describes the differences that are found across countries and between industries. Implications from the findings highlight the incongruent dissemination of project management competencies, regional and industrial demands, and the recruitment of project managers. This study provides a systematic approach to understanding how project manager competencies are utilized from both the supply and demand sides.
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