1st Edition

Design Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management

Edited By Beverly Pasian, Rodney Turner Copyright 2015
    368 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    520 Pages
    by Routledge

    Design Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management is the most comprehensive guide on how to do research of and in project management. Project management as a discipline has experienced near-exponential growth in its application across the business and not-for-profit sectors. This second edition of the authoritative reference book offers a substantial update on the first edition with over 60% new content and so provides both practitioner and student researchers with a fully up-to-date and complete guide to research practice on project management.

    In Design Methods and Practices for Research of Project Management, Beverly Pasian and Rodney Turner have brought together 27 original chapters from many of the leading international thinkers in project management research. The collection looks at each step in the research stages, including research strategy, management, methodology (quantitative and qualitative), techniques as well as how to share and publish research findings. The 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.

    The book is the go-to text for practitioners undertaking research in companies, and also doctoral and masters students and their supervisors who are involved in research projects in and for universities.

    Contents: Foreword; Introduction. Part I Foundational Issues: Project management research: addressing



    Section 1 Where you can start


    Chapter 1 Ontology, Epistemology and Axiology: Understand your philosophy and approach

    Ole Jonny Klakegg, and Ida Marie Tvedt


    Chapter 2 Transferring from hunches to a compelling research topic

    Derek Walker and Beverley Lloyd-Walker


    Chapter 3 Critical engagement of previous research

    Steven Nijhuis


    Chapter 4 The construction of research aims and questions

    Rodney Turner


    Chapter 5 Project management research ethics

    Helgi Þór Ingason and Haukur Ingi Jónasson and Thordur Vikingur Fridgeirsson


    Section 2 The value of mixing things up


    Chapter 6 Mixed methods strategising in project management

    Karyne Ang


    Chapter 7 Interview methodology for understanding projects, project management and temporary organising

    Anette Hallin, Abo Akademi and Jenny Helin


    Chapter 8 Case study research in project management

    Rodney Turner


    Chapter 9 Action research and project management

    Shankar Sankaran and Bob Dick


    Chapter 10 Experiment-based research in project and portfolio management

    Catherine Killen


    Chapter 11 Creating surveys to test theory in a project context

    Blaize Reich and Andrew Gemino


    Section 3 Specific ideas foro emergent environments


    Chapter 12 A novel method for exploring collaboration in project meetings

    Mona Abd Al-Salam, Catherine Killen and Perry Forsythe


    Chapter 13 Narrative Inquiry in Project Management

    Shankar Sankaran


    Chapter 14 Autoethnography: bridging the project manager-researcher divide

    Rafaella Broft and Simon Addyman


    Chapter 15 An agile approach to the real experience of developing research methodology and methods

    Hany Wells and Hedley Smyth


    Chapter 16 Researching project impact in smart cities: methodological considerations

    Beverly Pasian


    Chapter 17 Integrating information modelling simulation for smart operation and management in hospitals

    Yongkui Li, Yan Zhang, Xihu Pan and Yilong Han


    Chapter 18 Project management research in the era of artificial intelligence

    Seyed Ashkan Zarghami, Jantanee Dumrak and Roslyn Cameron


    Chapter 19 Collaborating for studying projects: the example of welfare technology introduction in Sweden

    Lucia Crevani, Michela Cozza and Silvia Bruzzone


    Section 4 Analyzing and publishing


    Chapter 20 Critical thinking as a core project management skill

    Alexia Nalewaik

    Chapter 21 Analysing qualitative data

    Francesco Di Maddaloni


    Chapter 22 Using text mining to validate qualitative findings

    Tracey Richardson and Jim Marion


    Chapter 23 The urge to publish: Transforming your dissertation into a publications

    Darren Dalcher


    Chapter 24 Writing research papers

    Kam Jugdev and John Wyzalek


    Section 5 Considering the future


    Chapter 25 Mentoring: An essential aspect of researcher development

    Deepak Bajaj and Pooja Bajaj


    Chapter 26 The future of project management research is complex

    Louis Klein



    Beverly Pasian is Associate Professor, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. She was the founding President of the Project Management Association of Canada and the first recipient of its Fellowship award. She was the Dutch representative for the IPMA International Research Management Board (2012-14), expert member on several research projects, chair of the Dutch National Research Group (2013-15) and was the academic program lead for the 2014 World Congress in Rotterdam.

    Rodney Turner is the author and editor of eighteen books, including The Handbook of Project-based Management and the Gower Handbook of Project Management. He was editor of The International Journal of Project Management from 1993-2018. He is a visiting professor at the University of Leeds, and honorary professor at the University of Warwick. Most recently he was Professor of Project Management at SKEMA Business School, in Lille France, SAIPEM Professor of Project Management at the Politecnico di Milano, and Professor and High-End Foreign Expert at Shanghai University. In 2004 he received a life-time research achievement award from the Project Management Institute, and in 2012 from the International Project Management Association.

    ’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