Date of Award

Spring 2023

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Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Robert Johnson

Second Advisor

Krishnamurthy Narayanaswamy

Third Advisor

Elham Ghashghai


This research paper explores the impact of COVID-19 and the shift to remote work on project management practices across multiple industries. Through interviews with project managers, the study finds that companies with pre-existing remote work policies were better equipped to handle the transition to remote work. In contrast, companies without pre-existing policies faced increased challenges in communication, team morale, and workload management. The study also highlights the struggle to maintain work-life balance, the importance of communication, and the need to address technical difficulties. Project managers emphasized the importance of accountability and maintaining productivity during remote work. Overall, the study finds a positive shift in the collective outlook on remote work, with employees expressing a strong preference to continue working remotely even after the pandemic. The study emphasizes the evolving role of project managers in adopting a holistic approach to resolving interpersonal and managerial issues within teams during remote work.