The role of feedback dynamics in disruption and delay on the nature of disruption and delay (D&D) in major projects


Eden, C., Williams, T., Ackermann, F. and Howick, S. (2000) The role of feedback dynamics in disruption and delay on the nature of disruption and delay (D&D) in major projects. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 51, (3), 291-300.

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The idea that small disruptions and delays can cause serious consequences to the life of a major project, well beyond that which might be easily attributed to their direct impact, is well established. Nevertheless, the nature of this 'delay and disruption' is still not fully understood. This paper discusses some of the issues and difficulties in gaining a full understanding. In particular it presents the variety of ways in which disruptions occur, and the variety of consequences that may unfold. It also focuses attention on a number of issues that arise when 'normal' methods of analysis of complex projects might be used, for example, the analysis and costing of change orders and the use of network analysis. The role of dynamic feedback and the 'portfolio effect' is introduced, particularly with reference to project acceleration and changing productivity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Theoretical Paper
ISSNs: 0160-5682 (print)
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Keywords: project management, systemicity, claims, legal, bidding, operations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 36893
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36893

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