Modelling Complex Projects

Published on Dec 15, 2001
Terry Williams32
Estimated H-index: 32
It is widely acknowledged that traditional Project Management techniques are no longer sufficient, as projects become more complex and client's demand reduced timescales. Problems that arise include inadequate planning and risk analysis, ineffective project monitoring and control, and uninformed post-mortem analysis. Effective modelling techniques, which capture the complexities of such projects, are therefore necessary for adequate project management. This book looks at those issues, describes some modelling techniques, then discusses their merits and possible synthesis.
  • References (0)
  • Citations (163)
📖 Papers frequently viewed together
646 Citations
5,383 Citations
448 Citations
78% of Scinapse members use related papers. After signing in, all features are FREE.
Cited By163
#1George Papachristos (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 8
#2N Jain (UCL: University College London)
Last. Andrew Edkins (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 8
view all 7 authors...
Abstract The “performance gap” in the United Kingdom construction industry is a persistent problem as new building development projects underperform more often than not. The “performance gap” is partially attributed to the number of stages involved in building project development and the coordination difficulties of partners with different incentives. The project outcome is important for energy consumption, carbon emissions and occupant well-being. Thus, it is important to study the project mana...
3 CitationsSource
The UN's SDGs are powerful beacons to a better world yet some of their targets remain vague for the sake of special interest groups. They are sometimes synergetic and quite often ambivalent. On a concrete operative level it is therefore a challenge to plan for them fostering synergetic measures and minimizing trade-offs. Since many concrete projects that go for the SDGs are rather unique and need to consider many stakeholders, the systemic approach of a participatory explorative cause and effect...
#1Asbjørn Rolstadås (NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology)H-Index: 13
#2Agnar Johansen (NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology)H-Index: 6
Last. Tobias O. Malvik (Sewanee: The University of the South)
view all 4 authors...
Projects is the preferred model for one-of-a-kind production. Projects may be difficult to manage due to complexity and many involved stakeholders. Stakeholders are a major source of uncertainty. Uncertainty may be both positive and create opportunities and negative giving risks. Risks and opportunities are either operational, strategic or contextual.
#1Eric Daniel (Skema Business School)
#2Pierre A. Daniel (Skema Business School)H-Index: 1
Abstract Megaprojects are complex projects which impact millions of people, involve public and private stakeholders, and present challenges related to decision making and performance shortfalls. They are relevant cases for studying faulty management thinking as well as performance evolutions and self-organizing dynamics. Our paper builds on the theory of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) to understand and model processes of evolution in the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant megaproject. The resul...
This paper applied boundary critique to identify, structure and address operational issues in an intervention process. A commercial livestock was used as case study. The research addressed identified issues from the perspectives of the affected stakeholders, i.e. participants who were either involved or affected by the operations of the case study firm. Workshop and boundary critique were used for data collection in the research process. Findings from the research show that the application of bo...
2 CitationsSource
#1Katherine Bloomfield (University of Hull)
#2Terry Williams (University of Hull)H-Index: 32
Last. Yasmin Merali (University of Hull)H-Index: 16
view all 4 authors...
This paper presents a novel approach to the characterisation of “systemic risk” in the context of public sector procurement and contracting. We argue that contemporary risk management practices in project and programme management exhibit a number of limitations; this is particularly relevant to public sector contracting which, the authors postulate, would benefit from more sophisticated practices that are capable of dealing with risk ‘systemicity’. Drawing on a sample of public sector procuremen...
#1Cécile Fonrouge (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)H-Index: 4
#2Christophe Bredillet (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)H-Index: 17
Last. Charles FouchéH-Index: 1
view all 3 authors...
Purpose – Both project investments and entrepreneurial ventures are considered powerful catalysts of economic prosperity and social progress. But these ventures and investments come with their inherent challenges and risks. Observing this situation, academics have paid close attention to the fields of entrepreneurship and project management (EP and EP and E&PM should converge. In order to do so, this paper calls for a Luhmannian and a systemic-discursive perspective.
1 CitationsSource
Der hier unternommene Versuch, die gewonnenen Erkenntnisse uber die „Theorie des Projekts“ in eine Projektmanagement-Methodik zu transferieren, ist keine Handreichung fur das Tagesgeschaft. Jede Steuerungseuphorie ist unangebracht. Je starker Projekte durch Interdependenzen, Nichtlinearitaten und Symmetriebruche gepragt sind, desto weniger vorhersehbar sind ihre Ablaufe und desto weniger helfen standardisierte Vorgehensmodelle. Bei Ungewissheit greifen Schritt-fur-Schritt-Methoden zu kurz. Um Ub...
Der Anteil der scheiternden Grosprojekte ist skandalos hoch. Kosten laufen aus dem Ruder, Termine platzen, die Produktqualitat lasst zu wunschen ubrig. Wie sie zu fuhren sind, wird in der Fachwelt seit Jahren diskutiert. Nur basteln die meisten Vorschlage an Symptomen, zielen auf eine Perfektionierung eines uberholten Systems. Projekte werden wie Uhrwerke konzipiert, die einmal aufgezogen, mechanisch ablaufen sollen. Es geht um Planung und Controlling, aber kaum um Diskontinuitaten und Ruckkoppl...
The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic classification for frameworks, methods, and models of in-project quantitative risk analysis (IQRA) for the last 30 years.,An extensive literature review is conducted to identify pertinent IQRA works. Identified IQRA frameworks/methods/models are then classified on the basis of commonalities in key attributes and assumptions. Linkages between each category of IQRAs and dimensions of complexity are also observed.,Around 70 key publications on IQ...
1 CitationsSource