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On the broadening scope of the research on projects: A review and a model for analysis
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics, Business Administration.
2004 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 22, no 8, 655-667 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, we have witnessed an increased interest in the research on projects and project management. The aim of this article is to review, classify and analyze the recent contributions within the field. This paper is based on two sets of data: (1) project-related research published in major management and organization scientific journals, and (2) articles published between 1993 and 2002 in the International Journal of Project Management. The article offers a framework suitable for analyzing the developments made and the different perspectives launched. It is submitted that "project research" instead of project management research might be a better concept for capturing the current state of the field. We also show that papers in the International Journal of Project Management have devoted little attention to research on contexts of multi-projects and multi-firms, a context that is considered to be of great importance for the future of project studies. The recent developments illustrate the need to better integrate project management with the general developments in management and organization. Of special importance, we conclude, is the one that we label project ecologies. We also believe that this concept, and research focus, might be of value for practitioners as it describes the way many modern industries work. The paper contributes to the internal debate about the content and identity of project research.

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2004. Vol. 22, no 8, 655-667 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24293DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2004.05.011Local ID: 3909OAI: diva2:244610
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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