Quotation Huemann, Martina, Ringhofer, Claudia, Keegan, Anne. 2019. Who Supports Project Careers? Leveraging the Compensatory Roles of Line Managers. Project Management Journal. 50 (4), 1-11.




This exploratory research examines who supports what aspects of career development on projects. Our main finding is that, although project professionals receive support from formal and informal sources, a compensatory mechanism is at play. When support does not come from direct line managers, project professionals are compelled to initiate informal practices, including mentoring, buddy systems, and communities of practice. Practical implications arise for organizations regarding how to ensure sufficient mechanisms are in place to compensate for lack of line management career support and to allow project professionals to access the development opportunities they need by supporting their self-initiated efforts.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Project Management Journal
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-C
Language English
Title Who Supports Project Careers? Leveraging the Compensatory Roles of Line Managers
Volume 50
Number 4
Year 2019
Page from 1
Page to 11
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/8756972819857895
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/8756972819857895
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/8756972819857895


Huemann, Martina (Details)
Ringhofer, Claudia (Details)
Keegan, Anne (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Project Management Group AB (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5364 Project management (Details)
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