Next decision node (NDN) planning: an ambidextrous planning model

Usher, Greg S. (2021) Next decision node (NDN) planning: an ambidextrous planning model. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 14 (2). pp. 390-411. ISSN 1753-8378


The purpose of this paper is to address calls from within the existing literature for a planning model that can provide both control and flexibility in dynamic environments.

This research adopts a two-phase grounded theory methodology. Phase I tests a hypothesis through a structured online survey. Phase II tests a new planning model through a focus group and an online survey.

This research finds that client-side project managers misapply rational planning tools when managing construction projects. It also finds that the planning artefacts created in the initial stages of a project are used as a communication tool, rather than a controlling or monitoring tool. These findings provide an opportunity for new planning models, such as the (next decision node) NDN model, to be adopted. These planning tools can create new levels of transparency and accountability within the planning process – as well as provide a model which is more closely aligned with the practitioners 'lived experience'.

Research limitations/implications
The NDN model provides a foundation for further research into the micro-mechanisms of organisational ambidexterity in projects and refinement of the NDN model.

Practical implications
This research presents a new planning model which practitioners can adopt when delivering construction projects.

This paper presents a new, ambidextrous planning model grounded on the 'lived experience' of client-side project managers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 02:00
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 03:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction, Ambidexterity, Client-side project management, Project planning
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350711 Organisational planning and management
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