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Title: Examining the role of transformational leadership of portfolio managers in project performance
Authors: Kissi, John
Dainty, Andrew R.J.
Tuuli, Martin Morgan
Keywords: Championing behaviour
Climate for innovation
Portfolio managers
Project performance
Transformational leadership
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd. APM and IPMA.
Citation: KISSI, J., DAINTY, A.R.J. and TUULI, M.M., 2013. Examining the role of transformational leadership of portfolio managers in project performance. International Journal of Project Management, 31 (4), pp. 485–497.
Abstract: Research into the role of transformational leadership in project based organisations has generally focused on project managers or senior managers and less so on portfolio managers who oversee multiple projects to achieve business objectives. This study examines the impact of transformational leadership behaviour of portfolio managers on project performance directly and indirectly through other intervening variables such as climate for innovation and innovation championing. Using a questionnaire survey, data were obtained from 112 project managers in a UK project based organisation. Transformational leadership behaviour of portfolio managers was found to have a positive and significant relationship with project performance. Innovation championing and climate for innovation both partially mediated the relationship between transformational leadership and project performance. The study confirms the importance of portfolio managers in enhancing project performance and identifies the need for project based organisations to cultivate transformational leadership behaviour among them for enhanced performance. It also highlights the need for further exploration of the role of portfolio managers in improving project performance.
Description: This article was published in the International Journal of Project Management [© Elsevier Ltd. APM and IPMA]. The definitive version is available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.09.004
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.09.004
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11204
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.09.004
ISSN: 0263-7863
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