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Construction client multi-projects – A complex adaptive systems perspective

Aritua, B., Smith, N.J and Bower, D.A (2009) Construction client multi-projects – A complex adaptive systems perspective. International Journal of Project Management, 27 (1). pp. 72-79. ISSN 0263-7863


Most projects exist as part of a multi-project environment. The management of multiple projects presents challenges that are fundamentally different from single project management. Recent theoretical developments in the philosophy of complexity theory provide a basis for gaining insight into the proposition that multi-project management is neither an extension nor a scaled up version of single project management. Genuine multi-project environments exhibit the characteristics of complex adaptive systems which offer novel approaches for the project manager.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Elsevier.com
Keywords: Multi-projects, programmes, portfolios, complexity, management
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Caroline Wilson
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2009 12:56
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.02.005
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.02.005
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8524

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