Understanding project manager identities: a framework for research

Published on Sep 13, 2011in International Journal of Managing Projects in Business
· DOI :10.1108/17538371111164074
Charles Smith5
Estimated H-index: 5
Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to propose a framework for researching the possibilities for project manager identities: the multiple ways there are of being a performer, as a manager, in the world of projects.Design/methodology/approach – The author's line of enquiry was to seek evidence of project manager identity within real‐life stories told by practitioners, the author's perspective being: that identity is produced through action, that action and identity are framed by social narratives, and that identities and the strategies that create and support them are therefore evident in project stories.Findings – Two examples are discussed; they validate the proposed research framework, demonstrating how storytellers use their projects as vehicles for the performance of their personal professional “project manager identity”.Research limitations/implications – The form of the stories is crucial to what their analysis can reveal about identities. The personal stories (narrating the storyteller's own expe...
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