Asian Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 223–235 | Cite as

Developing of a mathematical model for selecting a project manager using hierarchical analysis process

  • Hatem Khaleefah BreesamEmail author
Original Paper


The project manager represents the actual leadership of the human resources in every project process. This position refers to the most important human components of the project. Establishing a scientific approach to its selection process is the cornerstone of successful project planning. This study examined the factors influencing the selection of the project manager and the basis of the required skills in general. The researcher concluded that the criteria adopted in the selection process in general, representing the construction industry in Iraq, which numbered (51). The part of this research is developed a mathematical model that facilitates the selection process. It makes the process of selection project manager is more logical and well-understand from all contractual parties. The researcher adopted analytic hierarchy process technology known for its ability to compare alternatives and to promote the best alternative to determine the set of critical criteria to be considered in the project manager selection process. Significantly, the researcher built and developed a mathematical model that includes critical criteria only for selecting the project manager in the construction industry in Iraq. The researcher applied the mathematical model to select project managers for four projects of the University of Baghdad (under implementation), and compared this with the evaluation forms for these projects. The researcher found the success of the mathematical model in the evaluation process and then evaluated the results in the closed questionnaire. This study shows a set of conclusions from different levels of results during the procedures of applying this research.


Project management Project manager Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) Leadership 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EngineeringUniversity of BaghdadBaghdadIraq

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