Personality traits of project managers: differences in knowledge, experience, and business sector

Ralf Luis de Moura, Teresa Cristina Janes Carneiro, Taciana de Lemos Dias, Bruno Silva Oliveira

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This study aims to verify if there is any difference in the personality traits of Project Managers with different professional backgrounds – training, experience, and business sector (public or private). Using as theoretical basis the Big Five personality traits, this research was conducted with 244 Project Managers who work in Brazil. The results of tests of mean differences between groups showed that Project Managers with more experience have the trait agreeableness more pronounced than managers with less experience, while Project Managers with more schooling have a higher Conscientiousness, Openness to Experience, and Emotional Stability than Managers with less schooling. Project Managers who work in the public and private sectors showed different personality traits between themselves, and only for agreeableness no significant difference was found. These findings may contribute to the targeting of selection and training policies and the development of interpersonal and technical skills for this professional.


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