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Project management learning: key dimensions and saliency from student experiences

Ojiako, Udechukwu; Chipulu, Maxwell; Ashleigh, Melanie; Williams, Terry


Udechukwu Ojiako

Maxwell Chipulu

Melanie Ashleigh


Drawing upon literature, this study seeks to understand what the key dimensions of student experiences of project management learning are and what saliences students attach to such dimensions. Data is obtained from a sample of management and engineering students studying project management across four universities in the United Kingdom. We employ multidimensional scaling to extract the salience placed by students on the key dimensions. The results of the data analysis suggest that there are six dimensions of student experiences of project management. We also find that students attach markedly different levels of salience to these dimensions based on a number of demographic factors. More specifically, in terms of salience, we found that gender had the strongest relationship while prior experience of project management had the weakest. The implications of our findings are discussed from the perspective of andragogical congruence (compatibility) in teaching and learning.


Ojiako, U., Chipulu, M., Ashleigh, M., & Williams, T. (2014). Project management learning: key dimensions and saliency from student experiences. International journal of project management, 32(8), 1445-1458.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2014
Online Publication Date Feb 22, 2014
Publication Date 2014-11
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2015
Journal International journal of project management
Print ISSN 0263-7863
Electronic ISSN 0263-7863
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 8
Pages 1445-1458
Keywords Project management, Teaching and learning, Students, Dimensions, Salience
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