Systems Thinking in Innovation Project Management: A Match that Works

International Journal of Project Management, 29(4): 396-407, December 2011

29 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2012  

Maria Kapsali

Hull Business School ; Umeå School of Business and Economics; Imperial College London - Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Management

Date Written: May 30, 2011

Abstract

For some time now there has been growing concern in research circles that conventional Project Management methodologies can not be applied in innovation projects successfully. Conventional Project Management methodologies, which were created by the professional establishments in construction and engineering, are not adequate tools to manage the serendipitous, evolutionary, experimental nature of innovation projects. The question remains: which managerial framework can enhance the probabilities for success of an innovation project.

This paper firstly provides empirical evidence showing that when Systems Thinking concepts such as causal connectedness and equifinality are built in the rationale of Project Management methodologies, projects produce more successful outcomes. Secondly, this paper outlines the Systems constructs which further research has to develop as solutions that will improve Project Management methodologies.

Keywords: systems thinking, project management

Suggested Citation

Kapsali, Maria, Systems Thinking in Innovation Project Management: A Match that Works (May 30, 2011). International Journal of Project Management, 29(4): 396-407, December 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2183322

Maria Kapsali (Contact Author)

Hull Business School ( email )

Hull, HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/mariakapsali

Umeå School of Business and Economics ( email )

Biblioteksgrand 6
Umea, 901 87
Sweden

Imperial College London - Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Management ( email )

United Kingdom

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