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Managing human resources within a project

Introduction

Human resource management for project managers has some specific characteristics that differentiate it, in emphasis and scope at least, from operational human resource management. Project managers will typically work within a framework of governance structures that lie outside their own organisational structures, and which are very likely to include people from external partner organisations.

The project inputs and behaviour of all the people contributing to the project, including those of project boards and steering groups, must be ‘managed’ to meet specific project timetables and targets. The project manager will be responsible for managing multi-stakeholder partnerships as much as ...

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