Four stages of Making Project Management Flexible: Insight, Importance, Implementation and Improvement

Afshin Jalali Sohi, Marian Bosch-Rekveldt

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Abstract

Increased project complexity, project dynamics and changes in clients’ requirements are a few examples that suggested the necessity of flexibility in project management to deliver successful projects. Despite the fact that literature suggests adding flexibility to project management, there is no existing framework which provides a practical process of how to add flexibility into the practice of project management. Therefore, this research aimed at investigating how project management could become flexible and whether such flexibility would improve project performance. The research question is: how to embed flexibility in the practice of project management in early project phases? To answer the research question four sub-questioned were formulated which have been separately researched. This main question was answered by proposing a flexibility framework. This framework comprises four stages: understanding the current situation, practitioners’ perspectives on flexible project management, choosing enablers to become flexible, applying selected enablers to improve project performance. It can be concluded that trust appears not only to be an enabler of flexibility in project management but an existing perspective among the practitioners regarding the concept of flexibility. This perspective puts the emphasis on ‘trust’ as the most important enabler of flexibility. Moreover, the positive contribution of ‘trust’ to project performance is acknowledged in this research. Considering the movements towards flexibility and adaptability concepts, this research fills the gap in the literature by providing a practical project management flexibility framework. Moreover, it provides a step-by-step guideline for practitioners to embed flexibility in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference Organization, Technology And Management In Construction (OTMC)
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event14th International Conference Organization, Technology And Management In Construction - Hotel Westin, Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 4 Sep 20197 Sep 2019
http://www.otmc-conference.com/

Conference

Conference14th International Conference Organization, Technology And Management In Construction
Abbreviated titleOTMC
CountryCroatia
CityZagreb
Period4/09/197/09/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • flexible project management
  • Agile project management
  • early project phases
  • project performance

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