The role of emotional intelligence in the management of large construction projects

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Thesis
Issue Date:
2016
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The research examines the relevance of the Goleman-Boyatzis model of emotional intelligence in dealing with the problems in large, complex construction projects in the mining and construction industries. The study accomplishes this by examining the relative importance of hard and soft skills in project management as project size increases. It investigates this topic using the lived experience of project managers, via an autoethnography and a Delphi study, where all participants had managed large and complex projects. The Delphi study confirmed the problems identified in the literature review and the autoethnography and suggested additional problems and key success factors based on the experience of project managers. By confirming the importance of emotional intelligence and the relevance of the Goleman-Boyatzis model and also identifying additional problems and key success factors this research adds to the understanding of necessary skills needed by a project manager in the management of large projects. As the findings of the autoethnography are confirmed by the Delphi study the work also lends credibility to the use of autoethnography as a research method in construction management.
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