Although projects exist in various degrees of complexity in terms of magnitude and subject, the principles of project management remain unchanged. Do you know what to do within the given timeframe and budget? With this in hand, and a whole lot more of other associated principles, a project manager should be able to achieve completion of his project without too much of a hassle. Otherwise, a budget overrun or delay is evident in the making.
Choosing to get a PhD in this field is a sound choice by those who are already actively practicing the field of project management. In sharpening one’s knowledge as well as getting exposure to a vast array of projects and experiences, one is granted the opportunity to influence others towards even better practices. It is therefore the grooming of leadership skills as a project manager must be able to get the team to work together in all circumstances. It is an also incorrect assumption that it is only required for complex and large projects. Small projects deserve equal attention as they do not waltz themselves to completion without applying the principles of project management. As such, part of the curriculum focus on mistakes as well as misconceptions contributing to project failure.
A pre-requisite for admission into a program for a PhD in Project Management may require a background in business administration, information technology and other useful fields. A project manager need not be well-versed in a particular subject in order to manage a project of its kind. He is to communicate with his team of subject matter experts and leverage on their knowledge. By gleaning relevant information, he then formulates his project plan. As such, people skills are important assets in a project manager’s portfolio.
A successful scholar in this doctorate program can choose to embark on a teaching career or active practice in the world of project management. Although he has grasped the science for this field, it is important to demonstrate the art of it by exhibiting ethics in the face of pressure.