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
Date Written: May 30, 2011
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
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