Insights for the governance of large projects Analysis of Organization Theory and Project Management: Administering Uncertainty in Norwegian Offshore Oil by Stinchcombe and Heimer

Insights for the governance of large projects Analysis of Organization Theory and Project... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the influence of the highly cited Organization Theory and Project Management on consequent project research and to highlight the key contributions of the book, how it has affected consequent project research and to identify areas that could be further explored in future research. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of a book review and literature analysis. Findings – It is found that the book offers insights to elaborating the salient characteristics of large, complex and uncertain projects. It identifies the underlying theories and concepts to improve our understanding of the three main issues: the sources of uncertainty in large engineering intensive projects; management and governance approaches utilized to tackle uncertainty; and project routines and innovation. Some of these insights have later been acknowledged by project scholars focusing topics such as project governance and the management of uncertainty in projects. Practical implications – The book offers several insights and lessons to scholars and practitioners working with large engineering intensive projects. Originality/value – The contribution of the book is not used to its full potential in project research. The paper's identification of the book's key insights should be useful for both scholars and practitioners. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Managing Projects in Business Emerald Publishing

Insights for the governance of large projects Analysis of Organization Theory and Project Management: Administering Uncertainty in Norwegian Offshore Oil by Stinchcombe and Heimer

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-8378
D.O.I.
10.1108/17538371211268979
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the influence of the highly cited Organization Theory and Project Management on consequent project research and to highlight the key contributions of the book, how it has affected consequent project research and to identify areas that could be further explored in future research. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of a book review and literature analysis. Findings – It is found that the book offers insights to elaborating the salient characteristics of large, complex and uncertain projects. It identifies the underlying theories and concepts to improve our understanding of the three main issues: the sources of uncertainty in large engineering intensive projects; management and governance approaches utilized to tackle uncertainty; and project routines and innovation. Some of these insights have later been acknowledged by project scholars focusing topics such as project governance and the management of uncertainty in projects. Practical implications – The book offers several insights and lessons to scholars and practitioners working with large engineering intensive projects. Originality/value – The contribution of the book is not used to its full potential in project research. The paper's identification of the book's key insights should be useful for both scholars and practitioners.

Journal

International Journal of Managing Projects in BusinessEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 7, 2012

Keywords: Oil industry; Project management; Governance; Uncertainty management; Project governance; Offshore

References

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    Gil, N.; Tether, B.
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    Morris, P.; Geraldi, J.
  • Organizations in Action
    Thompson, J.
  • Documentation in large‐scale engineering design: information processing and defensive mechanisms to generate information overload
    Wulff, I.; Rasmussen, B.; Westgaard, R.

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