The relationship with the boss in project-based industries

K. Jamali, M. Hossein, Avi Wiezel

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The research question addressed in this paper is: �If among all the people one has a relationship with in the workplace, it is the relationship with the boss which best correlates with the overall quality of the individual�s relationships?� Current literature focuses exclusively on the boss (immediate supervisor), but overlooks other contributors that add to the success of the individual. In this research, other contributors - referred to as stakeholders - are also studied. It examines the correlation between quality and importance of the relationship, as well as the time an individual spends with each stakeholder. Data for this research was collected from 327 project personnel at a level commensurate with Project Manager (PM) or assistant PM. Participants were from 16 companies that are members of the Construction Industry Institute. The data for the research was collected using a unique data-collection method embedded in leadership seminars offered by the CII. Results show that contrary to expectations set up in the literature, the boss-employee relationship is not the main contributor to other employee relationships. However, when employees have two or three bosses (matrix organizations), there are significant correlations between some variables of the study. Additional variables and findings are presented in the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference, CSCE 2019 - Laval, Canada
Duration: Jun 12 2019Jun 15 2019


Conference2019 Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference, CSCE 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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