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


Business Administration


Cheryl McMahan


Project success is a measure of both project manager efficacy and stakeholder satisfaction. One of the primary measures of success for construction projects is meeting cost targets and yet recent data indicates up to 9 out of 10 construction projects fail to meet this target. Unsuccessful construction projects can have ramifications that affect project teams, internal stakeholders, customers and the local community. The purpose of this correlational study was to examine the relationship between project managers' well-being, self-control, emotionality, and sociability and project success using Petrides and Furnham's theoretical framework of trait emotional intelligence. Using the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire short form self-assessment instrument, data were collected from a sample of 104 construction project managers in the United States who had executed a project in the last 5 years. Data analysis revealed both the combination of the four predictor variables, and the self-control variable taken individually, resulted in a statistically significant relationship to project success at the p < .05 level with each having a p value of .001. Hiring managers and organizational leadership can use this information to guide hiring processes and training programs to help improve success rates in the construction industry. Improved project success could result in positive social change through the stabilization of the job market and improved partnerships between construction organizations, local governments, and the community.

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