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Images as action instruments in complex projects
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Visual Information Technology and Applications (VITA). Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Department of Industrial Information and Control Systems The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 26, no 5, 527-536 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Images such as Gantt, WBS, PERT, and CPM have always played an important role in project management. In recent years, new types of images have emerged in complex development projects. The purpose of this paper is to make an inquiry into how project management activities are supported by these alternative images, and suggest reasons why the more traditional images appear to be inadequate during turbulent and complex circumstances. In conclusion, we find that the alternative images are a means to managing integration activities and critical dependencies in a project. Typically, they emphasize common understanding and comprehensibility over formalism and rigour. These alternative images seem to be resonant with how our mental cognitive apparatus conceives coordination, thus making it easier to manage complex development tasks.

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2008. Vol. 26, no 5, 527-536 p.
Keyword [en]
Coordination, Complex development projects, Images
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43479DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.05.009Local ID: 73938OAI: diva2:264338
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-12-10

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