What is a program: an examination of terminology in practitioner reference documents

McGrath, Stephen Keith and Whitty, Stephen Jonathan (2019) What is a program: an examination of terminology in practitioner reference documents. Journal of Modern Project Management, 6 (3). pp. 6-27. ISSN 2317-3963

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Abstract

Previously published work has identified confusion in the definition of the term program. This paper examines program terminology across a range of project management practitioner reference documents to determine if there is any definitional confusion within or between them and whether the boundaries with project and portfolio levels are clear. The examination finds that there are indeed inconsistencies in program terminology between the documents analyzed making it difficult to know where the boundaries with the project and portfolio lie. A set of mutually consistent definitions of terms including all three words is then developed using an established method.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited with permission of author. Published version available from supplied link.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 06:06
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 01:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: portfolio management, program management, programme management, project management, transformation
Fields of Research : 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:10.19255/JMPM01801
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36156

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