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PROJECT BASED TENSIONS: COMPLEXITY, UNCERTAINTY AND EQUIVOCALITY
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Hanken School of Economics.
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute 2016 Annual Conference / [ed] Reyes, Pedro, 2016, in press- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The premise of this paper is that tension exists among participants and parties in projects.  The uniqueness of development in projects virtually assures this.  It is proposed that tensions are a product of the precursors of complexity, uncertainty and equivocality, and an attempt is made to characterize tension as it arises in projects – its genesis, its nature, its effects and (sometimes) its resolution.  Within discussions on the strategy, decision making, intdra- and inter-project interdependencies, organization change projects and managing across development sites associated with a flagship project, 77 statements concerning tension were identified.  These statements were analyzed for content to produce a model associating tension with its precursors and the literature on tension.  It is felt that a contribution is made to project contingency theory where knowledge about project context is seen as essential in order to understand best practices for project execution and effectiveness.

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2016. in press- p.
Keyword [en]
Tension, complexity, uncertainty, equivocality
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121876OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-121876DiVA: diva2:934944
Conference
Northeast Decision Sciences Institute 2016 Annual Conference
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-09

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