What Are The Major Strategic Considerations To Replace An Information Technology Project Manager?

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Harris Corporation is in need of an Information Technology (IT) Project Manager (PM) after a seasoned, experienced employee announced her intention to retire in 30 days. The work of replacing this employee with a capable equivalent is time-consuming, costly to the firm, and requires attention to details with respect to strategy, a specification for announcing the vacancy, and discipline throughout the recruiting process. This paper leverages an actual Project Manager job posting and tailors it based on iMBA 544 lesson content. For confidentiality reasons, all metrics, ratios, and cost data is fictitious but realistic for the purposes of presentation in this essay. Strategic Considerations Strategic Overview Replacing an IT PM, especially …show more content…

In a growth environment like this, it can be argued that demand for project managers may outweigh the supply of available project managers, but where there is opportunity, there is likely turnover which contributes to supply. Recruiting for this vacancy is expected to yield a favorable collection of qualified candidates. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their business to digital platforms” (Computer and Information Systems Managers). Make/Buy Decision The decision to hire a resource to be a member of the Harris team (make), or outsource the vacancy to a consultant or subcontractor (buy) is a fairly simple strategic decision in this context. Given that in this operational environment the IT PM is exposed to sensitive company data, including proprietary hardware and software, company confidential procedures, labor rates and cost data, it is policy to not buy IT PM services from consultants or subcontractors. In this case, the IT PM will be exposed to this type of sensitive information and therefore the decision to make, or hire directly has been made. Job Design An Information Technology Project Manager is a manager in the Information

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