Project management standards - Diffusion and application in Germany and Switzerland

Autor(en): Ahlemann, Frederik
Teuteberg, Frank 
Vogelsang, Kristin
Stichwörter: Business & Economics; Diffusion; Empirical study; Management; Project management standards; Standardization
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Herausgeber: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Volumen: 27
Ausgabe: 3
Startseite: 292
Seitenende: 303
Zusammenfassung: 
This paper comprises the results of an empirical study on the use of project management standards in German and Swiss enterprises. This research points out the expectations, the realized benefits and - more importantly - the major differences between them. For this purpose, it compares ex-ante expectations of their respective users and compares them in turn with ex-post realised benefits. The results of the study are based on the statements made by 234 participants in an online survey conducted in 2006. Generally, standards are only rarely used in project management in Germany and Switzerland. And if standards are indeed used, they are rarely used ``as is''; in fact they are usually modified or adapted before application. Moreover, it can be observed that most participants expect consistent communication in the projects and better process quality to be the primary benefits of standards. However, it is often impossible to realize expected benefits. Benefits are offset by deficiencies, such as the lack of acceptance, administrational overheads and associated costs. Based on the results of this study, recommendations for standard-giving organizations and standard-applying organizations are put forward. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 02637863
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.01.009

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