Reinventing Project Management: The Diamond Approach To Successful Growth And Innovation

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Harvard Business Review Press, Aug 13, 2007 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Projects are the engines that drive innovation from idea to commercialization. In fact, the number of projects in most organizations today is expanding while operations is shrinking. Yet, since many companies still focus on operational excellence and efficiency, most projects fail--largely because conventional project management concepts cannot adapt to a dynamic business environment. Moreover, top managers neglect their company's project activity, and line managers treat all their projects alike--as part of operations. Based on an unprecedented study of more than 600 projects in a variety of businesses and organizations around the globe, "Reinventing Project Management" provides a new and highly adaptive model for planning and managing projects to achieve superior business results.
 

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Contents

The Four Bases of Successful Projects
61
Putting the Diamond Approach to Work
137
Our Research Steps
215
Project Success Assessment Questionnaire
219
Building the Contingency Approach to Project Management
221
Project Classification Questionnaire
224
Principles and Design of Classification Systems
226
Project Novelty and Traditional Project Management
231
Project Technology and Traditional Project Management
236
Empirical Results for Project Complexity
239
Project Complexity and Traditional Project Management
242
Project Pace and Traditional Project Management
245
Notes
249
Index
267
About the Authors
275
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Empirical Results for Project Technology
233

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Aaron J. Shenhar is the Institute Professor of Management and the founder of the Project Management Program at Stevens Institute of Technology. Dov Dvir is the head of the Management Department at Ben Gurion University in Israel.

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