Temporal boundary objects in megaprojects : mapping the system with the integrated master schedule

Chang, Artemis, Hatcher, Caroline A., & Kim, Jai (2013) Temporal boundary objects in megaprojects : mapping the system with the integrated master schedule. International Journal of Project Management, 31(3), pp. 323-332.

View at publisher


Recently, a stream of project management research has recognized the critical role of boundary objects in the organization of projects. In this paper, we investigate how one advanced scheduling tool, the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), is used as a temporal boundary object at various stages of complex projects. The IMS is critical to megaprojects which typically span long periods of time and face a high degree of complexity and uncertainty. In this paper, we conceptualize projects of this type as complex adaptive systems (CAS). We report the findings of four case projects on how the IMS mapped interactions, interdependencies, constraints, and fractal patterns of these emerging projects, and how the process of IMS visualization enabled communication and negotiation of project realities. This paper highlights that this advanced timeline tool acts as a boundary object and elicits shared understanding of complex projects from their stakeholders.

Impact and interest:

2 citations in Scopus
3 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 54195
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Timeline, Boundary Object, Complex Adaptive System, Sensemaking
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.08.007
ISSN: 1873-4634 (online) 0263-7863 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd. APM and IPMA. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2012 23:49
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2017 22:01

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page