Date of Conferral

2016

Degree

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

School

Business Administration

Advisor

Ronald Black

Abstract

Many senior project managers (PMs) and other business leaders lack effective strategies for enhancing communication among their team members, thereby reducing profitability and organizational cohesion. The purpose of this exploratory case study was to explore communication strategies used by 22 PMs who were members of a project manager professional (PMP) association in Colorado, with 5 or more years of relevant experience and who worked at a leading technology company recognized for its effective PM communication strategy for enhancing business-team communication. The conceptual framework for this study was built on interpersonal, mass communication and profound leadership theories. PMs were interviewed, and those interviews were audio taped and transcribed. Transcripts were then analyzed based on a process of theory development and emergent themes comparison and combination. Member checking and review of interview transcripts strengthened the dependability and reliability of the final interpretations. Several emergent themes were identified, relating to standardized project communication strategy, project team building, and emotional intelligence (EI). The findings from this study may influence positive social change by helping managers promote more efficient communication strategies within their business organizations. Implications may include an increase in jobs, capital investments, vibrant economic sustainability, and new business opportunities. By implementing a standardized project communication strategy, team building, and EI, PMs can enhance project communication.