Advancing The Research On Project Performance: Using Necessary Condition Analysis

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This article is aimed at improving the understanding of what conditions are necessary in the front end development of projects in order to achieve high levels of project performance. This research advances current literature in project management by investigating a logic for finding necessary conditions for a certain level of project performance. Using survey data of 106 responses in large engineering projects, this study examines the role of clusters of front end activities and project management competencies in determining the level of project performance. The results show that three clusters of project management competencies, those of collaboration between client and contractor, competent project manager and his /her early involvement, and top management support and client involvement are the necessary conditions for project success. Not satisfying these conditions guarantees project failure. The approach followed in this study proved that Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) is a powerful analysis technique. NCA can be used for setting the baseline conditions as well as triggers for project success. The results of this analysis could be further enhanced by using other complementary methods such as Quantitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEURAM 2019: Exploring the Furture of Management - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


ConferenceEURAM 2019
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