The impact of a project benefit methodology on the project management discipline

Because projects are often perceived as processes aimed at generating a unique output, they frequently end before organizational benefits have been secured. This paper develops a model that expands the traditional approach by introducing a new framework of accountabilities for key players and by offering some novel tools in order to secure a future flow of outcomes from a project. The model was validated using a triangular research design research. First, a quantitative study involving 102 managers showed that a funder’s focus on achieving target outcomes contributes to project success. Outcome and output definition and project plan development and control are found to mediate this relationship. Second, a case study demonstrated the benefits to the organization from using this approach. Third, a literature analysis indicated that the proposed approach is in alignment with recent trends in research. Finally, we discuss five practical implications of the proposed model that suggest significant changes to the tr
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