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2018

  • The Nature of Risk in Complex Projects

    By Terry Williams, Risk Institute, University of Hull, United Kingdom Risk analysis for complex projects presents difficulties. Looking simply at the risks does not reveal the causal chains responsible for management actions, the motivations of project actors, the…

2017

  • Exploring the Role of Project Management in the Development of the Academic Agile Software Discourse

    By Thomas G. Lechler, Siwen Yang Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA This article explores and reveals the role of Project Management research in the Agile discourse. The researchers analyzed 827 articles identifying central topics over two time periods (2001-2007…

  • Influence of Communication on Client Satisfaction in Information System Projects: A Quantitative Field Study

    By Phil Diegmann, Dirk Basten, Oleg Pankratz University of Cologne, Germany Traditionally, the success or failure of information system (IS) projects is measured by observing the adherence to budget and schedule as well as conformance with requirements. This article…

2016

  • Organizational Enablers for Project Governance

    By Ralf Müller, BI Norwegian Business School | Jingting Shao, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute for Industrial Economics | Sofia Pemsel, Copenhagen Business School Interest in governance of projects has grown rapidly in recent years. This research presents evidence on best practices and enablers for project governance, governance for groups of projects, and…

  • Breakthrough R&D Stakeholders: The Challenges of Legitimacy in Highly Uncertain Projects

    By Sophie Hooge Cédric Dalmasso Center for Management Science, MINES ParisTech, Paris, France This research explains the management of internal stakeholders in the context of breakthrough R&D projects. The results, based on a longitudinal study of a global car manufacturer over a period of…

  • Project Innovation: Evidence-Informed, Open, Effectual, and Subjective

    By Anne Sigismund Huff School of Business, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland This research presents new theoretical bases for innovative project management in complex and uncertain environments. It claims that knowledge bases drawn from the past can impede innovation in…

  • Rethink! Project Stakeholder Management

    By Martina Huemann, WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business, Project Management Group, Austria | Pernille Eskerod, Webster University Vienna, Department of Business and Management, Austria | Claudia Ringhofer, WU-Vienna University of Economics and Business, Project Management Group, Austria Many projects fail because stakeholders’ expectations and interests are not sufficiently steered and managed. This research analyzes stakeholder management from two perspectives: In a “management of…

  • A Typology Framework for Virtual Teams

    By Padhraic Ludden, University of Limerick, Ireland | Ann Ledwith, Director of Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Limerick, Ireland This research investigates the existence of patterns of virtual project teams and their impact. It identifies team typologies and their relationships, as well as the impact that identified types of…

  • The Practice of Project Management in Product Development

    By Antonie Jetter, Associate Professor, Fatima Albar, Adjunct Assistant Professor Portland State University, Department of Engineering and Technology Management This research investigates (1) how existing project management frameworks complement product development practice; (2) how product development projects are managed with standard vs. project-adapted…

  • Expertise Coordination in Information Systems Development Problems

    By Jack S. Hsu, Yu Wen Hung, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, Sheng-Pao Shih Tamkang University, Taiwan | Hui-Mei Hsu National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan This article tackles the problem of coordination in information systems development (ISD) projects. The increasing growth in the number and complexity of ISD projects mandates a deeper look into the…

  • Stakeholder Dynamics During the Project Front-End: The Case of Nuclear Waste Repository Projects

    By Kirsi Aaltonen, Jaakko Kujala, Laura Havela Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Finland | Grant Savage, Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA This study examines stakeholder dynamics during the project front-end stage using two case studies related to nuclear waste repository projects in Finland and the US. The study explains how…

  • The Metaphysical Questions Every Project Practitioner Should Ask

    By Lavagnon A. Ika, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Christophe N. Bredillet, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Quebec, Canada This article contends that project practitioners become so familiar with the word “project” that they think about it more in terms of how they use it, than in terms of what it really is. This…

2015

  • Corporate Innovation Culture and Dimensions of Project Portfolio Success: The Moderating Role of National Culture

    By Barbara N. Unger, Johannes Rank, Hans Georg Gemünden, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany This study examines the relationships between corporate innovation and national cultures on project portfolio success. Predictors for success have been identified from a sample of 165 cases from…

  • Sustaining and Developing Disciplinary Expertise in Project-Based Organizations: Balanced and Integrated Solutions

    By Cecilia Enberg and Karin Bredin, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden This study explores how firms that rely on co-located, interdisciplinary project teams develop and sustain disciplinary expertise. It identifies different types of organizational solutions used by…

  • Project Management and Organizational Change

    By Lynn Crawford, DBA, Human Systems International Limited and Bond University, Australia | Alicia Aitken, PhD, Human Systems International Limited. | Anat Hassner-Nahmias, PhD, Krusner Pty Ltd. This research is a quantitative study of the relationships between project and organizational change management. It identifies the nature of practices used by managers in project, program, and…

  • Collaborative Project Procurement Arrangements

    By Derek H.T. Walker, Ph.D. RMIT University, Centre for Integrated Project Solutions, Melbourne, Australia | Beverley May Lloyd-Walker, Ph.D. RMIT University, Centre for Integrated Project Solutions, Melbourne, Australia This research aims to narrow the project procurement knowledge gaps and to enhance collaborative approaches to project procurement. It also provides the set of knowledge, skills, attributes, and…

  • Making Innovation Happen in a Megaproject: London’s Crossrail Suburban Railway System

    By Andrew Davies, School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, United Kingdom | Samuel MacAulay, UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia | Tim DeBarro, Consultant, Nichols Group | Mark Thurston, Regional Managing Director, Europe CH2M HILL This research explores how the innovation process can be systematically organized to improve the performance of mega infrastructure projects. It presents the initial findings of a research project…

2014

  • Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs

    By Young Hoon Kwak, The George Washington University, USA | Min Liu, North Carolina State University, USA | Peerasit Patanakul, Pennsylvania State University, Erie, USA | Ofer Zwikael, The Australian National University, Australia The research examined 39 public megaprojects and programs from diverse sectors from developed countries and presents a set of recommendations to improve the success in these project types. The…

  • International Development Projects: Peculiarities and Managerial Approaches

    By Ruggero Golini and Paolo Landoni Politecnico di Milano, Italy This research presents the distinct characteristics of International Development (ID) projects, the methodologies and tools that can be applied, as well as the standards used by the development…

  • Project Management Implementation as Management Innovation: A Closer Look

    By Janice Thomas, Athabasca University, Canada | Stella George, Athabasca University, Canada | Svetlana Cicmil, University of the West of England, UK The research examined lessons learned from innovation management journeys undertaken by 48 organizations in 12 countries around the world over a 30-year period. Ten of these innovation journeys were…

  • A Comprehensive Framework for Sustainable Project Portfolio Selection Based on Structural Equation Modeling

    By Kaveh Khalili-Damghani, Islamic Azad University, Iran | Madjid Tavana, La Salle University, USA, University of Paderborn, Germany This paper proposes an integrated approach for strategic and sustainable project portfolio selection based on a two-module model. The first module uses strategic planning and sustainability concepts…

  • Project Portfolios in Dynamic Environments: Organizing for Uncertainty

    By Yvan Petit and Brian Hobbs, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada This research investigates the impact of uncertainty on project portfolio management in dynamic environments. An uncertainty management perspective is adopted instead of the more established…

  • A Hybrid Approach to Quantitative Software Project Scheduling Within Agile Frameworks

    By Michael Jahr, European University of Applied Sciences (EUFH), Germany The paper focuses on the quantitative project-scheduling problem in Information Technology (IT) companies applying agile management, particularly Scrum. The article presents a multi-mode…

  • Building Options at Capital Project Front-End Strategizing: The Power of Design for Evolvability

    By Guilherme Biesek and Nuno Gil The University of Manchester, UK This research provides insights on strategies to cope with changes in requirements over the course of a capital project delivery time and later during the asset’s operational lifetime. At the heart…

  • Can Agile Project Management Be Adopted by Industries Other than Software Development?

    By Edivandro C. Conforto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA | Fabian Salum, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil | Daniel C. Amaral, University of São Paulo, Brazil | Sérgio Luis da Silva, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil | Luís Fernando Magnanini de Almeida, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil This research presents evidence from an exploratory survey on the use of agile project management (APM) practices at medium and large-sized Brazilian companies from different industry…

  • Stress and Performance in Health Care Project Teams

    By François Chiocchio, Paule Lebel, Pierre-Yves Therriault, Andrée Boucher, Carolyn Hass, François-Xavier Rabbat, Jean-François Bouchard Université de Montréal, Canada This research presents several practical recommendations to improve the performance of health care projects conducted by health care professionals. It explains the paradoxes inherent to the health…

  • Project Management and Sustainable Development Principles

    By Roland Gareis, Martina Huemann, André Martinuzzi WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria This research describes Sustainable Development as a new project management paradigm. Here, practitioners will find insights on how to initiate and manage projects following sustainable development…

  • What You Should Know about Megaprojects and Why: An Overview

    By Bent Flyvbjerg, Oxford University, UK This controversial, yet profound, paper challenges the prevailing wisdom relevant to megaproject management. Flyvbjerg presents strong evidence showing how megaprojects usually unfold. He identifies…

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