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A switch in time saves nine

Prabhakar, Guru Prakash; Walker, Sandra

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Sandra Walker


This paper suggests that adaptive changes in the situational leadership style adopted by the project manager toward his team during different sub-phases within the implementation phase in a project life cycle could enhance overall project performance. These changes in the leadership styles are necessitated by the timing element which plays a vital role in a given project situation making the need to switch.

While project management research has already highlighted leadership styles with respect to individual performance levels, group and task needs at a particular time in the project, this research is based on the assumptions that leadership demands are far more dependent on the project life cycle and, more specifically, the sub-phases than previously discussed.


Prabhakar, G. P., & Walker, S. (2004, July). A switch in time saves nine. Paper presented at PMI Research Conference 2004, London, UK

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name PMI Research Conference 2004
Conference Location London, UK
Start Date Jul 1, 2004
End Date Jul 1, 2004
Publication Date Jul 11, 2004
Publicly Available Date Jun 9, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords switch leadership, project success
Public URL
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : PMI Research Conference 2004


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