Exploring Project Manager Motivations in the Construction Industry

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Abstract

Motivation is crucial to the performance and satisfaction of an individual in all facets of life. The construction industry is saturated with challenges for all individuals from the tradesperson through the owner. However, the challenges compound when they start to negatively affect the performance of projects. Recent studies have shown that there are several variables that help define how people are motivated to work. The objective of this study is to explore the drivers that motivate project managers on construction projects. To achieve this objective, a web-based survey was developed to better understand what motivates project managers in construction. Statistical analyses were performed to test the factors and their relationships. The results of this study show that participants agreed on being motivated by belief in the cause, a respectable leader and a challenging project. It also shows that age can impact some drivers of motivation, such as how much they believe the team affects personal motivation, but not other drivers including assumption of a leadership position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1917-1926
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Gonzales, K., Asadi, S., & Leicht, R. M. (2016). Exploring Project Manager Motivations in the Construction Industry. In J. L. Perdomo-Rivera, C. Lopez del Puerto, A. Gonzalez-Quevedo, F. Maldonado-Fortunet, & O. I. Molina-Bas (Eds.), Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016 (pp. 1917-1926). (Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.191