Rethinking Project Management theory: A case for a paradigm shift in the foundational theory of client-side construction project management

Usher, Greg (2014) Rethinking Project Management theory: A case for a paradigm shift in the foundational theory of client-side construction project management. In: Delivering Benefits and Value: the Australian Institute of Project Management National 2014 Conference, 12-15 Oct 2014, Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Abstract

Project management has historically been defined as a subset of production and operations management. This paper assesses production management theory against a comparator body of theory, strategic management, to determine which provides the better theoretical basis for explaining challenges within the field of client-side construction project management.
Using comparative analysis this paper highlights a number of deficiencies in the existing foundational theories of project management and demonstrates how a different body of theory can provide a better theoretical basis for explaining the construction process, the perceived value of the project, and client dissatisfaction.
Based on these findings this paper concludes that the taxonomy used to classify client-side construction project management as production management is based on a narrow view of the profession, and is possibly hindering the development of a body of theory by limiting discussions within pre-defined constraints.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 04:51
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Production management, Project management, Strategic management
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28392

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