Title: TONES: a reference framework for identifying skills and competencies and grooming talent to transform middle management through the field of project management

Authors: Sriramasundararajan Rajagopalan

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Abstract: This study summarises qualitative interview findings of an approach extending the observations from a doctoral research in light of advancements in project management discipline, technical sophistication of project environments, and demands of strategic leadership expectations of project managers to meet the organisational strategy. Synthesising these observations into a framework to identify and groom future project managers as transformational change agents, this paper synthesises the interviews of various senior and executive roles across many industries on their expectation of project managers. The findings can help academic institutions to prepare the project managers serving as a practitioner reference tool in talent management.

Keywords: project management; account management; team management; leadership; change management; middle management; TONES; skills; competencies; talent management; transformational change; organisational change.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMABS.2016.078099

International Journal of Markets and Business Systems, 2016 Vol.2 No.1, pp.3 - 24

Received: 10 Jun 2015
Accepted: 14 Dec 2015

Published online: 02 Aug 2016 *

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