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Identifying Success Factors in Construction Projects: A Case Study

Williams, Terry



© 2015 by the Project Management Institute. Published online in Wiley Online Library. Defining "project success" has been of interest for many years, and recent developments combine multiple measurable and psychosocial factors that add to this definition. There has also been research into success factors, but little research into the causal chains through which success emerges. Following the multi-dimensionality of "success," this article shows how success factors combine in complex interactions; it describes factors contributing to project performance by a company working on two major construction programs and shows how to map and analyze paths from root causes to success criteria. The study also identifies some specific factors - some generic, some context-dependent - none of these is uncommon but here they come together synergistically.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2016
Journal Project management journal
Print ISSN 8756-9728
Electronic ISSN 1938-9507
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 1
Pages 97-112
Keywords Systems thinking; Project management; Complexity; Project success
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Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article: Williams, T. (2016), Identifying Success Factors in Construction Projects: A Case Study. Proj Mgmt Jrnl, 47: 97–112. doi:10.1002/pmj.21558


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