A model of project complexity : distinguishing dimensions of complexity from severity

Remington, Kaye, Zolin, Roxanne, & Turner, Rodney (2009) A model of project complexity : distinguishing dimensions of complexity from severity. In Proceedings of the 9th International Research Network of Project Management Conference, IRNOP, Berlin.

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There is increasing agreement that understanding complexity is important for project management because of difficulties associated with decision-making and goal attainment which appear to stem from complexity. However the current operational definitions of complex projects, based upon size and budget, have been challenged and questions have been raised about how complexity can be measured in a robust manner that takes account of structural, dynamic and interaction elements. Thematic analysis of data from 25 in-depth interviews of project managers involved with complex projects, together with an exploration of the literature reveals a wide range of factors that may contribute to project complexity. We argue that these factors contributing to project complexity may define in terms of dimensions, or source characteristics, which are in turn subject to a range of severity factors. In addition to investigating definitions and models of complexity from the literature and in the field, this study also explores the problematic issues of ‘measuring’ or assessing complexity. A research agenda is proposed to further the investigation of phenomena reported in this initial study.

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ID Code: 29011
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The proceedings of this conference can be freely accessed via the conference organiser's website (see Additional URL).
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Keywords: Complexity, Project Management, Uncertainty
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2009 01:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:58

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