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Research Topic

Competency requirements for project management of events are described in a large number of different sources, but reliable studies on the relevant personal and social skills in project management are missing since the competence requirements formulated in the literature are not based on a uniform list of competences. On the contrary, the understanding of competencies and the definition of relevant personal and social competences also vary greatly in current studies. Statements on the training of required competencies are not made in the studies. If the competence requirements are proven empirically at all, they are usually based on expert surveys or self-evaluation of project managers using online surveys.

 

The definition of competence requirements for the project management of events is usually done without an empirical basis from the analysis of the tasks, areas of responsibility and powers. The few studies available on this remain qualitative. Arts-based training is also said to have positive effects on skills such as perception and creativity. They should have a positive effect on social skills such as communication, cooperation and intercultural skills. But the empirical foundation of these hypotheses is unsatisfactory.

Only a few studies focus on personal and / or social skills and break them down. Most of the studies available are qualitative. Almost all of them are limited to one-off and / or time-limited learning arrangements. The most meaningful analyses relate to arts-based learning by children, adolescents or students. The few analyses that focus on acquiring skills in the context of further training relate to the broad field of management or leadership. The application of arts-based learning in project management in general, as well as in project management of events in particular, has not yet been examined.

FEELING MATERIAL XIV, 2005; 4 mm square section mild steel bar 225 x 218 x 170 cm (unextended size); Photograph by Stephen White, London © Antony Gormley
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New approaches to project work

More than a third of the working time in the German economy is now project work. In customer-oriented project management, less technical and methodological knowledge is required, but communication and personality are increasingly in demand, which means a considerable need for qualification. The AL-Pro project researches how the use of methods from dance and theater strengthens the soft skills of project managers and develops promising training formats for this.