The Impact of Project Management on SME Productivity

Publisher:
Project Management Institute
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
PMI Research and Education Conference, 2014
Issue Date:
2014-01
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A fundamental assumption of project management practice and research is that using project management to achieve organizational objectives improves organizational performance. However, there is little published research that has directly questioned this assumption. The research presented in this paper addresses one aspect of organizational performance by focusing on reported changes in organizational productivity, use of project management, and use of other comparable business skills. This paper tests the hypothesis that using project management increases the productivity of small to medium enterprises. The data used to test this hypothesis comes from two longitudinal databases created by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which contain data on Australian businesses with less than 200 staff. This data was used to create models of the relationship between productivity and business skills using binary logistic regression. The models demonstrate that project management has a significant impact upon productivity.
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