David C. Bauman, PhD, present at the Regis Project Management Institute (PMI) South Roundtable

David C. Bauman, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor at Anderson College of Business and Computing Regis University, presented to Project Managers (PMs) at the Regis PMI South Roundtable on May 25, 2022. Don Gier, Associate Professor at Anderson College of Business and Computing, supported the PMI Mile Hi Chapter volunteers and guest speaker with session orientation/setup, webinar management and recording ensuring the event was a success.

David’s presentation Leading Without Authority: Using the Power of Purpose to Make Things Happen, pointed out that project managers are often faced with the question, “How do they move projects forward if they don’t have the authority or the resources they need?” David explained how to use the sources of power and influence that we often overlook to move projects forward, or at least how PMs can position themselves to receive the support they need. Roundtable participants discovered the sources of power that flow from purpose rather than authority.

David drew on his own research as well as that of Dr. Robert Cialdini, an expert in the field of influence and persuasion, to illustrate how managers can adjust their actions for optimal effect. David explained that being competent and trustworthy are the foundations for influencing others. He also highlighted through explainer and breakout rooms how PMs can apply five tactics to influence others: framing effects, invitation, reciprocity, likeness/liking, and social proof.

About the speaker. David C. Bauman, Ph.D., is an associate professor of business at Anderson College of Business and Computing. He teaches ethical decision making in business and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining academia, David worked for over ten years in and for several Fortune 250 companies. He has published on ethics, leadership and business in Business Ethics QuarterlyThe Business Ethics Review, The Leadership Quarterly and the Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management. His research focuses on integrity, leadership without authority, and the application of insights from ancient philosophy to the challenges of modern leadership.

Regis PMI South Roundtable. The Regis PMI South Roundtable is an affiliate of the PMI Mile High Chapter (pmimilehi.org), a Chapter has consistently ranked in the top 5% of Chapters worldwide. PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional association for the project, program and portfolio management professions. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value to more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.