Project management success is an interesting scientific subject from a management perspective. Hence, numerous studies had been done by prior scholars to explore and identify the important factors for project success from a holistic perspective. In addition, prior research also commonly agreed that the project manager plays an important role in project success.
However, there is a lack of study that particularly focuses on the roles played by project managers toward project success. Hence, this paper reviews the roles of the project managers re-examines the definition of project management from the project manager’s perspective, and reassesses the relationship between project manager and project management success.
The finding of this paper suggests that the capability of the project manager in project team management, such as project activities planning, project team member skill evaluation and job distribution; knowledge of the application of project management tools and techniques; and how the project manager deals with political and cultural issues are the key elements for project success.