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Images as action instruments in complex projects
Campus Norrköping, Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Norrköping, Sweden.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Industrial Information and Control Systems.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 26, no 5, 527-536 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Imagessuch as Gantt, WBS, PERT, and CPM have always played an important role inprojectmanagement. In recent years, new types ofimageshave emerged incomplexdevelopmentprojects. The purpose of this paper is to make an inquiry into howprojectmanagement activities are supported by these alternativeimages, and suggest reasons why the more traditionalimagesappear to be inadequate during turbulent andcomplexcircumstances. In conclusion, we find that the alternativeimagesare a means to managing integration activities and critical dependencies in aproject. Typically, they emphasize common understanding and comprehensibility over formalism and rigour. These alternativeimagesseem to be resonant with how our mental cognitive apparatus conceives coordination, thus making it easier to managecomplexdevelopment tasks. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.

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2008. Vol. 26, no 5, 527-536 p.
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-73342DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.05.009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-48949114899OAI: diva2:488785

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