Towards a new theory of project management: could client-side, construction, project management be a form of strategic management?

Usher, Greg (2014) Towards a new theory of project management: could client-side, construction, project management be a form of strategic management? In: 2014 IPMA Research Conference: Theory Meets Practice in Project Management, 01-02 Dec 2014, Tianjin, China.

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Abstract

Project management researchers and practitioners are becoming aware of a growing divide between the foundational theory of project management and the methodologies, tools and systems required to deliver modern-day construction projects. This paper challenges the traditionally accepted, underlying theory of client-side, construction project management (transformational, production management) and proposes the strategic management body of theory as a more valid foundation. This paper examines the assumptions which underpin both the transformational, production management body of theory and the strategic management body of theory and uses comparative analysis to identify correlations and deficiencies between these assumptions and observed practices within the field of client-side, construction, project management.
This paper finds that transformational, production management fails to provide sufficient theoretical explanation of the environment in which client-side, construction, project managers operate, or the practices they require to deliver projects. Based on these findings this paper concludes that the strategic management body of theory provides a more valid theoretical basis for client-side, construction project management and as such challenges researchers and practitioners to widen their understanding of the profession in search of new methods, systems and tools.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This paper has been presented at the conference, however the IPMA is yet to publish the proceedings.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2016 23:40
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:37
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/28393

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