Nijhuis, Endedijk, Kessels, & Vrijhoef (2024) Process competences to incorporate in higher education curricula. Project Leadership and Society

Nijhuis, S.A., Endedijk, M.D., Kessels, J.W.M., & Vrijhoef. R. (2024) Process competences to incorporate in higher education curricula. Project Leadership and Society, 5, 2024.


This study reports on a survey on project managers' priorities. The survey used ISO 21500 as a scaffold to ask various respondents, like junior, experienced, and senior project managers, project sponsors, and students, to share their perceptions on the priorities for junior project managers. The respondent groups shared similar perceptions. Furthermore, project type and sector had little effect on junior project managers' priorities. Experienced and senior project managers shared their own priorities as well. The perceptions of priorities for junior, experienced, and senior project managers were mostly alike. However, experienced and senior project managers' priorities seemed slightly more affected by project type and sector. A session with experts in project management and teaching project management highlighted that the results for junior project managers could provide accents for introducing project management to students in higher education, provided the entire playing field of project management is also introduced.