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Professionalization of Project Management by Terry A.Williams, Susan Haydt, Janice L. Thomas, Bill L. Zwerman

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CHAPTER 3

Study Methodology

This research project employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches. This chapter describes the overall research design and provides details on the methodologies used in each phase of the research.

Research Design Overview

This project entailed three phases of research that occurred simultaneously and recursively over the two years of the study. The first phase consisted of a review of the literature on professionalization with particular attention to (a) the efforts of knowledge-based occupations that could be considered similar to project management but who have a longer history of seeking professional status (teaching, social work, nursing) and (b) the ongoing efforts of those occupations traditionally ...

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