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2. Behavioral Aspects of Project Management Paper
Consider the following scenario: You have just been brought in on a project, as the previous project manager has left. The project is behind schedule and over budget, and several key team members have quit in disgust, plummeting the morale of the rest of the team, who fear they will have to do the extra work without compensation.

Write a 1,750-2,400-word paper in which you explore how organizational culture and human behavior influence the success of projects, in particular projects beset with issues like those presented in the scenario. In this paper, answer the following questions:

a. How does organizational culture influence the selection, sponsorship, prioritization, and ultimate success of projects? In what ways could organizational culture create conditions that could lead to the scenario described above?
b. What role does project leadership play in the success of projects? Does this role change under the conditions described in the scenario? If so, how and why? If not, why not?
c. How can a project manager build and manage a successful project team? How does this change under the conditions described in the scenario?
d. What are some strategies that could be used by a project manager to successfully manage the relationships among project team members and the relationships among the project team and external resources (e.g., subcontractors, government agencies)? How would these strategies differ under the conditions described in the scenario?

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Solution Summary

By addressing the questions, this solution explores how organizational culture and human behavior influence the success of projects, in particular projects beset with issues like those presented in the scenario. Supported with two highly informative articles on leadership qualities and competencies, as well as participatory leadership/management characteristics.

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