Project Management Success Factors
Once again we will break tradition and have a 08:23 seminar on a Monday. This time we will have Professor Aaron Shenhar with us and he will be presenting (and/or have provided us with) a short paper published in MIT Sloan Management Review. The topic, “What can and can’t we learn from studies of project management success factors? – Lessons for researchers and practitioners“. The online version can be accessed here (the full version will be provided via email).
Critical success factors studies have started to appear in the project management literature since the 1980s. Such studies assume that projects succeed or fail because of similar reasons. These studies became quite popular during the following 20-30 years. In this meeting I am suggesting to discuss the question of the impact of these studies on the PM discipline and the PM communities of researchers practitioners. In particular, here are a few specific items for discussion:
- What are the typical methods used in these studies? Which method is more rigorous from a research perspective?
- What is the value of these studies? What was their impact on future research and on the practice of the profession?
- What are the limitations of this research?
- What can we do to overcome these limitations? Is there a better replacement for these studies