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Emotions in Project Management

Why letting emotions drive decisions is risky for project managers

19 August 2015 – New in the Library – “Emotions in Project Management” is a new paper by Dr. Lev Virine, Michael Trumper and Eugenia Virine of Intaver Institute in Calgary, Canada. Their highly original and interesting paper was published in the July edition of the PM World Journal and added to the PM World Library this month.

According to the authors’ introduction, “In this paper we will learn about how decisions in project management are affected by our emotions. People make choices under the influence of emotions all the time. Emotions can lead to mental mistakes; mental mistakes lead to low quality decisions. We will not attempt a comprehensive review of human emotions; instead, we will explain why even the most emotionally intelligent people make irrational decisions when they find themselves in stressful situations. We will also provide few choice engineering ideas that will help you to mitigate the negative impact of emotions on your decisions in project management…”

140609-PMWL-Logo-125-01To read this paper, go to and click on the title. Access is free.