The presentation, through theoretical and empirical references, will examine how the phrase “the fish rots from the head down,” applies to a number of situations involving the project manager of a creative multidisciplinary team, focusing on his/her personal relationships with the team members and the client. It will also investigate through pragmatic examples how most failures can be traced back to the personal qualities of a project manager, and demonstrate that they can be equal to or even more important than his/her actual professional skills and hands-on experience. The presentation will also look at ways that a leader can make the job more satisfying and rewarding for anyone involved.
Paschalis Paschalis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia. His research interests include user interface design, project management, animation and visual communication. He has presented his research at international conferences, worked on funded research projects, served in academic, reviewing and educational accreditation committees and has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of design. He has been teaching in tertiary education since 1998 and he is the founder of the BA program in Applied Multimedia at the University of Nicosia. He currently holds the position of head of the Department of Design and Multimedia.