What is project governance? Disclosing the source of confusion and revealing the essence of governance

McGrath, Stephen Keith (2018) What is project governance? Disclosing the source of confusion and revealing the essence of governance. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Abstract

The governance of project work is well discussed in the extant literature that explores the relationship between projects and their parent organisations. And governance is a well-known term amongst senior management, project practitioners, and stakeholders. However, as this thesis reveals and attempts to address, ‘what is governance’ is actually the subject of much confusion across scholarly literature, practitioner publications and project managers themselves. Identifying and resolving such confusion is fundamental to progressing the discipline because, as proposed by this thesis, governance is the system by which projects are directed and controlled.

This thesis by publication:

1. Identifies the definitional confusion surrounding project governance, governance generally and many other associated project management terms.

2. Develops a ‘refined’ definitional method for resolving confusion concerning conceptual definitions.

3. Applies this method to develop refined (internally consistent) definitions of governance and related and associated terms.

4. Reveals the lack of genericity at the core of some project management practitioner documents and methodology.

5. Identifies and resolves 10 different issues that cause definitional confusion in conceptual terms.

6. Provides a philosophical justification for the resolution of each of these issues by critically examining Aristotle’s, Mill’s, Wittgenstein’s, and Popper’s work in
relation to definitions.

7. Develops a set of axioms and definitional rules for avoiding conflict resulting from definitional confusion.

8. Proposes a theory of meaning for conceptual terms in management.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Supervisors: Whitty, Jon; Chakraborty, Subrata
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 02:45
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: governance, project governance, project management, define, definition
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26192/5f696d9ddccd1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35742

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