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The analysis of information flow interdependencies within projects

The analysis of information flow interdependencies within projects
The analysis of information flow interdependencies within projects

Information flow exchange within highly distributed, co-located, self-organising and networked projects is critical for successful planning, and ultimately, for successful infrastructure project delivery. While conventional project scheduling methods are still widely used as project support tools, most lack capacity for harnessing and exploiting both direct and indirect forms of information flow interdependency between activities in these project types. The present study sets out to develop and present a practical method for modelling and analysing information flow interdependencies in infrastructure projects. We propose and apply a five-stage approach, using an integrated form of Network Analysis augmented with fuzzy Cross-impact Matrix Multiplication Analysis. The findings classify project activities based on their dependency levels with other directly and indirectly related project activities. The novel contribution to project management practice is that key information flow interdependencies can thus be identified and then more effectively harnessed due to an enhanced ability to interpret the information with a clearer understanding of originating communication context.

Fuzzy, MICMAC, information flow, interdependence, project activities
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Bashir, Hamdi
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Ojiako, Udechukwu
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Marshall, Alasdair
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Bashir, Hamdi, Ojiako, Udechukwu, Marshall, Alasdair, Chipulu, Maxwell and Yousif, Amer (2020) The analysis of information flow interdependencies within projects. Production Planning & Control. (doi:10.1080/09537287.2020.1821115).

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Information flow exchange within highly distributed, co-located, self-organising and networked projects is critical for successful planning, and ultimately, for successful infrastructure project delivery. While conventional project scheduling methods are still widely used as project support tools, most lack capacity for harnessing and exploiting both direct and indirect forms of information flow interdependency between activities in these project types. The present study sets out to develop and present a practical method for modelling and analysing information flow interdependencies in infrastructure projects. We propose and apply a five-stage approach, using an integrated form of Network Analysis augmented with fuzzy Cross-impact Matrix Multiplication Analysis. The findings classify project activities based on their dependency levels with other directly and indirectly related project activities. The novel contribution to project management practice is that key information flow interdependencies can thus be identified and then more effectively harnessed due to an enhanced ability to interpret the information with a clearer understanding of originating communication context.

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Bashir, H., Ojiako, U., Marshall, A., Chipulu, M., Yousif, A. (2020), The analysis of information flow interdependencies within projects PPC - Accepted Manuscript
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Accepted/In Press date: 4 September 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 September 2020
Keywords: Fuzzy, MICMAC, information flow, interdependence, project activities

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Local EPrints ID: 444552
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444552
ISSN: 0953-7287
PURE UUID: 8f98e37e-4903-41c8-aa36-be6f8ee24770
ORCID for Alasdair Marshall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9789-8042
ORCID for Maxwell Chipulu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0139-6188

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Date deposited: 23 Oct 2020 16:33
Last modified: 29 Oct 2022 04:03

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Author: Hamdi Bashir
Author: Udechukwu Ojiako
Author: Maxwell Chipulu ORCID iD
Author: Amer Yousif

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