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Title: The links between organisational strategy and project management : the process and the Key Decision Factors (KDF) of strategic projects implementation route selection
Author: Vassilopoulos, G. A.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2011
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[Taken from document 5] This thesis has the main objectives of identifying the route selection process, used for choosing a method of strategic projects’ implementation, used in practice and assessing the relevant Key Decision Factors (KDF) in that decision making process. The study is based on conclusions from previous research documents and the latest findings from literature review. Past literature relied on neoclassical normative project management theory to provide a set of guiding principles, and focused on proximity to specific implementation directions. In modern literature, however, to the topic has been viewed through the prism of a different paradigm. Moreover, the qualitative research chosen in this study adopted a realist approach, attempting to understand the implementation routes phenomenon. This methodology comprised semi-structured interviews of participants, observation of three Greek organisations in the service sector, and collection of documents. Subsequently, data analysis called for results from qualitative research related to, and triangulated with, findings of literature review. As a result, a list of Key Decision Factors and the route selection framework was developed. Managers may have the intention to act rationally and systematically when choosing a method of project implementation, but they mostly cannot achieve this because of the slightly chaotic (unpredicted) nature of organisations and business life. The findings revealed the use of the hybrid-mutant route as the flexible solution for the implementation of strategic projects in reflection to emergent strategy and influences from various factors and phenomena. In conclusion, the research contributes to the knowledge of organisational innovation in strategic projects implementation. The literature on project management implementation is extended as a result of this study.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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