Complexity Management In Projects Between Rational Momentum And Complex Conditions

Anita Mac, Jesper Schlamovitz

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This study takes its departure in a model of complexity, developed by Stacey (1993), to test and discuss its practical benefit as perceived by practicing project managers. Based on a survey, the study finds that complexity is a phenomenon recognized by project managers, and complexity management is associated with benefits in the development of tasks and managing stakeholders. It is also associated with some difficulty in terms of an increased need for dialogue and a risk of creating goal ambiguity. Based on the findings, we conclude that classical project management approaches can benefit from incorporating complexity management.
Translated title of the contributionKompleksitetsledelse i projekter mellem rationelle vilkår og komplekse vilkår
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Number of pages30
ISSN0263-7863
Publication statusSubmitted - 2015

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Mac, A., & Schlamovitz, J. (2015). Complexity Management In Projects Between Rational Momentum And Complex Conditions. Manuscript submitted for publication.
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