Graduate School of Business


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Andrew Light


Project Management, Higher Education, Self Efficacy


Business | Vocational Education


Project management techniques are common within a number of construction related industries, however, higher education is not a field to which the practices of project management are routinely applied. Although multiple factors could lead to the lack of project management application in higher education, this study focused on faculty/staff self-efficacy and project work experience. The purpose was to determine if self-efficacy and project work experience contribute to the lack of project management techniques applied in higher education. The study was based upon Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy and how project work experience may affect faculty/staff venturing into applying project management techniques. The significance of the study will contribute to addressing the gaps in the literature pertaining to why project work in higher education is viewed differently than other industries experiencing similar issues. The study shows the implications of self-efficacy and project work experience along with how organizational change factors in the application of project management techniques. The results of the study provided a positive change in the organizational climate of higher education by demonstrating the value of project management in addressing a variety of processes within a higher education setting. Finally, the biblical application of the research correlated with the evidence of project management techniques utilized in the Old Testament accounts of Nehemiah and the reconstruction of the walls of Jerusalem.