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1st Edition

Design Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management

ISBN 9781409448808
Published May 28, 2015 by Routledge
520 Pages

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Project management as a discipline has experienced near-exponential growth in its application across the business and not-for-profit sectors. This original, authoritative guide provides both practitioner and student researchers with a complete guide to research practice on project management. In Designs, Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management, Beverly Pasian has brought together original chapters from a veritable who's who of project management research including authors such as Harvey Maylor, Christophe Bredillet, Derek Walker, Miles Shepherd, Janice Thomas, Naomi Brookes and Darren Dalcher. The collection looks at research strategy, management, methodology, techniques as well as emerging topics such as social network analysis. The 38 chapters offer an international perspective with examples from a wide range of project management applications; engineering, construction, mega-projects, high-risk environments and social transformation. Each chapter includes tips and exercises for the research student, as well as a complete set of further references.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction. Part I Foundational Issues: Project management research: addressing integrative challenges, Harvey Maylor and Jonas Söderlund; Project management research: social dimensions and organisational context, Michael Young; The paradigm as a steering mechanism for new research endeavours, Thomas Biedenbach; Finding a way in Broceliande Forest: the magic domain of project management research, Christophe N. Bredillet; Ontology and epistemology, Ole Jonny Klakegg; The praxeology of applied research in autoethnographical research settings: a case study of a radical learning journey, Louis Klein and Christian A.P. Weiland. Part II Focusing your Research Effort: Research methods and success meaning in project management, Rogério T.O. Lacerda, Leonardo Ensslin and Sandra Rolim Ensslin; The constructive research approach: problem solving for complex projects, Liisa Lehtiranta, Juha-Matti Junnonen, Sami Kärnä and Laura Pekuri; Novel or incremental contributions: the construction of research questions, Markus Hällgren; Moving from hunches to a research topic: salient literature and research methods, Beverley Lloyd-Walker and Derek Walker; Moving from ’hunches’ to an interesting research topic: defining the research topic, Derek Walker and Beverley Lloyd-Walker; Ethical considerations in project management research, Haukur Ingi Jonasson and Helgi Thor Ingason; Developing a critical literature review for project management research, Michael Tong and Craig Thomson; Critical engagement of previous research, Steven Nijhuis. Part III Specific Data Collection and Analysis Techniques: Interview methods for project management research, Miles Shepherd; Considering case studies in project management, Blaize Reich; Linking theory and practice in using action-oriented methods, Shankar Sankaran and Bob Dick; Dual cycle action research: a doctor of project management (DPM) research case study, Kersti Nogeste; An agile approach to the real experience of de

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Beverly Pasian is an active educator, researcher and association leader in the project management community - taking seriously the trio of roles she considers essential to a meaningful career in the academy. Beyond this book, various international research projects and publications and IPMA leadership roles, as Chair of the Dutch National Research Group, her priority is to bring the community’s attention to the human factors of project management through the creation of an international research center in the Netherlands.


’Beverly Pasian's book is extremely important and timely. It is also ambitious, and we should commend her for undertaking this mission. The book integrates under one roof a tremendous collection of research lessons and experience on how to investigate project management and how to better understand it in the future. The book should be highly recommended to different groups of researchers and educators. Nice and very relevant undertaking!’ Aaron Shenhar, Technological Leadership Institute, SPLWIN, Rutgers and Tel Aviv Universities ’The field of project management has come a long way in the last quarter of a century in improving the quality of its research and the rigour of the research methodologies on which it is based. However, it stands accused of being very narrow now. Project management research is based on rigorous methodologies, but a very narrow range of methodologies are used. Having now built a firm base, project management research now needs to move out into new areas to broaden the topics that can be investigated and the ways they can be investigated. In that we can find new insights into the field. This book will make an extremely valuable contribution into opening up the research horizons of project management. I would also like to use chapters as readings on my research management courses.’ Rodney Turner, Professor of Project Management, Kingston Business School, UK ’This book is a tour de force on research designs, methods and practices. It covers a wide range of foundational aspects, general and specific research approaches, mixed methods strategies, unique environment settings and state-of-the-art tools, such as social media. All presented by renowned researchers. Clearly a must have for every project management researcher.’ Reinhard Wagner, IPMA Vice President for Research ’Project Management is an interdisciplinary discipline that adopts and integrates theories and practices from organization management/behavioral science and oper