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20 May 2019 / 9:00

New research study on Cultural Factors, Personality Traits and Agile Project Management

Master students from HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences are currently researching the impact of national cultural factors versus personality traits on the individual’s success using agile project management techniques. Their data will be gathered through a quantitative survey of project management professionals, and the larger the sample size of respondents, the more accurate will be the findings.

The motivation for this new research project stems from the global shift to agile project management methods. Against the backdrop of a turbulent, volatile environment, project managers are confronted with constantly changing trends, needs and requirements, for which they should have the right solution and answer in record time. Traditional plan-driven project management structures may not be able to keep pace with those challenges. In the age of digitalization, many companies, therefore, have shifted to a vision-driven agile project management style.

Agile project management style differs from traditional project management methods, the project stages are viewed as distinct, separate phases that are passed through step-by-step toward the ultimate release to consumers. As companies shift the way they view and tackle projects, employees must be able to adapt to this new project management style.

This new research project will examine the role of selected cultural and personality factors in the individuals’ abilities to practice agile project management styles. It will to provide new insight into why certain cultures and/or personality types are more likely to adopt and succeed with agile project management techniques than others. In that respect, selected cultural dimensions from Hall, Meyer, Hofstede, and other major scholars will be analyzed, compared, and combined with each other and the agile management characteristics. The Myers-Briggs personality type indicators will be used to analyze the personality traits of individuals and to determine which are best suited for successful agile project management execution.

As more companies switch to agile project management methods for an ever-growing workload of digital projects, this new research field is an important and topical subject which will help organisations to understand the needs for new training methods and contents for their employees. But also the national Project Management associations as well as Project Management trainers and lecturers will gain new insight perspectives on the specific local needs for more focused agile training contents.

If you are interested in supporting this research, the survey can be found at:

The results will be presented in a form of a blog within the website of International Project Management Association www.ipma.world as well as within IPMA’s social media channels (FB, LinkedIn and Twitter – please see below) and academic paper. If you would like to obtain a final copy of the thesis, please contact IPMA (via my email address: yvonne.schoper@ipma.world) and the research will be shared.

Thank you for your cooperation!

 Yvonne Schoper

Professor for International Project Management


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Yvonne Schoper

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Dr. Yvonne Schoper is Professor for International Project Management at HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin.
Dr. Schoper holds a BSc in Engineering Management, an MSc International Business and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.
She worked as a project manager for BMW where she was responsible for several international automotive development projects in USA and in Germany.
Since 2009 she is associate Professor for Project Management at the Tongji University in Shanghai (China).
Her research interests are intercultural project management, future trends in project management, women in project management and the further development of the profession of project managers.
From 2012-2015 she was Executive Board member of GPM Germany where she was responsible for research. Since 2015 she is the delegate of Germany at IPMA´s Council of Delegates. Since 2016 she is member of the Presidential Advisory Board of GPM.