The Landscape of Australian Project Management Research

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IRNOP Conference Proceedings, 2009, pp. 1 - 21
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Abstract This paper presents and analyses findings from the first comprehensive survey of project management research currently being undertaken in Australia. It will narrate the landscape of Australian project management research and in particular, will profile the typical Australian project management researcher, the research topics pursued and the range of methodologies employed. The paper will also illustrate how new project management research and researcher development is being supported in Australia with suggestions of ways to sustain and further develop these generative aspects of the project management discipline. These findings will be compared to the research agenda outcomes of the 2003 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project on âRethinking Project Managementâ. Consequently, this paper will contribute to the debates raised in publications developed from that research revolving around project complexity, social process, value creation, project conceptualization and practitioner development. Moreover, as this paper offers one indicative national perspective on project management research activities, it may contribute to international discourse on the shaping of future project management research agendas and on industry or industry representative bodies pragmatic support for project management research worldwide.
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