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Type: Journal article
Title: Identification and evaluation of the key social competencies for Chinese construction project managers
Author: Zhang, F.
Zuo, J.
Zillante, G.
Citation: International Journal of Project Management, 2013; 31(5):748-759
Publisher: Pergamon
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0263-7863
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Feng Zhang, Jian Zuo, George Zillante
Abstract: It is well understood that an individual's competency has a significant effect on his/her performance. While the more traditional "hard" technical skills of project managers have drawn much attention, little light has been shed on the "soft" skills, especially social competencies in the construction context. This study has adopted a well-established competency model from human resource management theories as a basis for the theoretical framework to examine the social competencies of construction project managers. This led to the development of a model via the use of a structural equation modelling approach. Four dimensions of social competencies for construction project managers were identified, i.e. working with others, stakeholder management, leading others, and social awareness. Attention to these attributes will help construction project managers to develop their social competencies, and could contribute towards a better performance in their workplace which will in turn improve the performance of the whole organisation. Implications of adopting this approach were also discussed. © 2012.
Keywords: Social competencies
Structural models
Construction projects
Construction project managers
Rights: Crown copyright © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.10.011
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