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How do organizations learn lessons from projects—And do they?

Williams, Terry



The need to learn from one project to the next is clearly of vital importance, but is often neglected. Furthermore, there are fundamental issues within projects that inhibit such learning, such as the temporary nature of project organizations and the fundamental complexity of projects. This paper surveys the diverse literature that can help explain these factors and help projects to learn, and describes a large survey of project managers to look at what actual practice is and how successful it is perceived, as well as some empirical work. From this, a number of general conclusions are drawn as to how to create project organizations that are learning organizations. © 2008 IEEE.


Williams, T. (2008). How do organizations learn lessons from projects—And do they?. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 55(2), 248-266. doi:10.1109/TEM.2007.912920

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2008
Publication Date May 31, 2008
Print ISSN 0018-9391
Electronic ISSN 1558-0040
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 2
Pages 248-266
Keywords Strategy and Management; Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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