Issues in front-end decision-making on projects

Williams, Terence and Samset, Knut (2010) Issues in front-end decision-making on projects. Project Management Journal, 41, (2), 38-49. (doi:10.1002/pmj.20160).


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The importance of the front-end decision-making phase in projects is being increasingly recognized - the need to do the right project is on a par with doing the project right. This area is underrepresented in the literature, but there are a number of key themes that run throughout, identifying key issues or difficulties during this stage. This article looks at some of these themes and includes: the need for alignment between organizational strategy and the project concept; dealing with complexity, in particular the systemicity and interrelatedness within project decisions; consideration of the ambiguity implicit in all major projects; taking into account psychological and political biases within estimation of benefits and costs; consideration of the social geography and politics within decision-making groups; and preparation for the turbulence within the project environment, including the maintenance of strategic alignment.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/pmj.20160
ISSNs: 8756-9728 (print)
Keywords: front end, strategy, complexity, biases, turbulence
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 148941
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
3 March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 12:25
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:22

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