The paper "The Biggest Challenges a Novice Project Manager is Likely to Encounter" is an outstanding example of a management research proposal. Being a manager is usually very demanding. A project manager is supposed to perform several tasks that eventually determine a project’ s overall success. In fact, most people say that project management is very paradoxical (Schermerhorn, et al. , 2014). Being a manager or a leader who is effective requires a person to go through a learning process that is lifelong towards a transcending paradox. In this sense, the paradox comes in that an effective manager is in a position of handling two ideas that are contradicting and at the same time, seemingly inconsistent.
For example, is claimed that to be an effective leader, one must be an excellent follower. Such descriptions are so paradoxical because followers and leaders are said to have opposite or different behaviours. An effective manager, therefore, according to Robert Katz, who established the three management skills, managers should have human, conceptual, and technical skills. The skills of a manager and a leader are however different.
The differences come because of the varying management levels. The management levels, in this context refer to the low-level managers, middle managers and top-level managers (Schermerhorn, et al. , 2014). Problem statement Despite the advancements that have been made in the methodologies of project management, several projects have fallen continuously due to several factors and reasons (Robertson & Williams, 2006). One key reason for the failure is the challenges facing the new project managers. Most projects led by the new project manager stand at high risk of failing because their leadership is not effective, and their leadership still is not the best (Baker et al. , 1983).
Effective project management is needed by the novice project managers and is accepted by practitioners and academicians of project management. Despite a lot of studies about project management, the challenges facing the novice manager is never clearly stipulated, nor their drawbacks apparent.
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