Advancing project and portfolio management research: Applying strategic management theories

Catherine P. Killen, Kam Jugdev, Nathalie Drouin, Yvan Petit

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the application of strategic management theories to Project Management and Project Portfolio Management research, specifically the Resource-Based View, Dynamic Capabilities, and Absorptive Capacity. A literature review and four research experiences illustrate the advances achieved through the use of these three theoretical perspectives, and contribute to the development of this field by providing examples and guidance for theory development and future research. Commonalities between the research examples include a strong strategic focus, recognition of the importance of knowledge and learning, and research questions seeking understanding and explanation. These research experiences outline the successful application of strategic management theories to a wide range of contexts, using diverse methodologies at a variety of levels of analysis. The findings indicate a broad potential for further fruitful research stemming from the relatively recent application of strategic management theories to Project Management and Project Portfolio Management research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-538
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul. 2012

Keywords

  • Absorptive capacity
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Project management research
  • Project portfolio management
  • Project success and strategy
  • Resource-based view
  • Strategic management theory

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