The project-space model: visualising the enablers and constraints for a given project

van der Hoorn, Bronte (2016) The project-space model: visualising the enablers and constraints for a given project. International Journal of Project Management, 34 (2). pp. 173-186. ISSN 0263-7863


This paper proposes a tool that can be used by practitioners to identify and represent the enablers to, and constraints on, the progress of a specific project: the Project-space Model. The diagrammatic tool is a response to the limitations of universal 'critical success factors' for projects, and the calls for a more tailored and contextualised approach to managing projects. The Project-space Model prototype presented in the article embeds concepts from Heideggerian thinking, complexity science, Gestalt theory, and Lewin's Force Field analysis and life-space model. The tool has a ‘current-space’ and a ‘forecast-space’ and information regarding the enabling and constraining factors is shown through colour, scale and placement of icons within the ‘spaces’. The model is currently being tested through an action research case study. It is anticipated that the model will enable stakeholders to identify where their attention and action is most required in a given project.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 00:43
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 05:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: managing projects; critical success factors; tailoring of project management
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.10.006

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