Dealing with legitimacy: A key challenge for Project Portfolio Management decision makers
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 32, no 1, 30-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous research has considered combining different decision-making approaches to be critical to achieve flexibility in Project Portfolio Management (PPM). Lacking flexibility, i.e., making decisions only by rational and formal approaches, might lead to a deficient balance between different types of ideas and projects, and this may lead to innovation opportunities being missed. However, the challenges that decision makers might face in achieving that flexibility have not been investigated thoroughly. In an interview study of three industrial companies, we explored how different decision-making approaches are combined in PPM. We found that rational and formal decision-making processes are experienced as more legitimate than informal and non-rational ones. Decision makers deal with legitimacy by certain mechanisms that allow them to bypass high accepted approaches and legitimizing decisions made by low accepted ones. We discuss how these mechanisms, while contributing to achieving flexibility, might also cause a bias in decisions and destabilization in resource allocation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 32, no 1, 30-39 p.
Project portfolio management, legitimacy, flexibility, decision making
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102491DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.002ISI: 000328712100004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84887249245OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-102491DiVA: diva2:553189
QC 20140122. Updated from accepted to published.2012-09-182012-09-182014-01-22Bibliographically approved