The More You Know - High versus Low Experience Effects on Project Management Decisions

  • Marc HerzEmail author
  • Nicco Krezdorn


Individuals constantly learn with experience and subsequently adopt their behaviour. Quite naturally, young project managers tend to fulfil their tasks, quite differently compared to solution approaches from more experienced co-workers. This holds true for many professions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kleinundpläcking GmbHBerlinDeutschland
  2. 2.Medizinische Hochschule HannoverHannoverDeutschland

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