Research Question/Introduction

Below is the Problem Statement to work from


There is a problem with unplanned entrance verses planned career entrance in project management (McKevitt, Carbery, & Lyons, 2017). Despite growth in the number of project management training programs and college level degree program offerings and the Project Management Institute (PMI) statistics showing the need for trained project managers is expected to grow by 33% or add 22 million new jobs by 2027 project management continues to be a mostly unplanned for career (PMI 2017). The motivations that lead to the project management profession, the routes, and the nature of progression within the profession are not well documented in empirical literature (Havermans, Van der Heijden, Savelsbergh, & Storm, 2019). This problem impacts the possibility of project management ever becoming a sustainable stand-alone profession planned for by entrants into the workforce (De Vos et al., 2017). A possible cause for the current situation is that the nature of contemporary project management roles and responsibilities falls in an increasingly unpredictable and complex work environment that makes project management a boundaryless career (Keegan, Ringhofer, & Huemann, 2018; Ko, & Kirsch, 2017). Perhaps, conducting a qualitative study investigating why project management is a career that most people enter into unplanned rather than plan for and the routes through which the progression to the career happened would add knowledge to existing empirical literature on project management.



(1) Find a source for the below fact within the P/S above

growth in the number of project management training programs and college level degree program offerings

(2) Come up with two research questions for a qualitative study based on the problem statement above

(3) Introduction


☐ Begin with an overview of the general topic to establish the context of the study and orient the reader to the field. Do not overstate the topic as you will address the topic more fully in Chapter 2.

☐ Describe the larger context in which the problem exists. Explain how the problem can be addressed by the study.

☐ Present an overview of why this research topic is relevant and warranted.

☐ Briefly explain what research has been done on the topic and why the topic is important practically and empirically (applied and PhD) as well as theoretically (PhD).

☐ Clearly lead the reader to the problem statement to follow. The reader should not be surprised by the problem described later in the document.

☐ Do not explicitly state the study problem, purpose, or methodology, as they are discussed in subsequent sections.

☐ Devote approximately 2 pages to this section.