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Impact pathways: managing relational risk in project operations

Bryde, D, Shahgholian, A, Joby, R, Taylor, S and Singh, R (2023) Impact pathways: managing relational risk in project operations. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. ISSN 0144-3577

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Purpose –To assess how we implement new ways of managing relational risk at the operational level of outsourced projects and to provide guidance to project management (PM) policy makers and practitioners seeking to ensure project operations consistently delivers project relational risk management (PRRM) strategies.
Design/methodology/approach – Through exploratory study data were obtained from a panel of six experts in PM and from a pilot survey of PM practitioners. The data reveals future directions and vectors for scholarship and research activity in terms of the impact of PRMM-related mechanisms and deliverables on project success and the implementation process to enhance PRRM as a key PM capability.
Findings – Deliverables for PRRM need to part of a multi-dimensional framework that includes mechanisms besides the contract. Such a framework enables the codification of PM knowledge so that PRRM contributes to project success. With knowledge codified, PRRM strategies can be consistently delivered at the operational level. The framework is novel in that it integrates hereto disparate elements that are encompassed under the broad umbrella of relational governance mechanisms.
Practical implications – Project management policy makers and practitioners recognise the importance of effective relationships to deliver projects successfully, yet they lack practical solutions to address the negative effects of dysfunctional relationships. The authors provide a list of PM Deliverables for effective PRRM, including deliverables besides those related to the contract, which can be used in practice to bring the gap between PRRM strategy development and implementation. This will enable client organisations that outsource their projects to an external contractor to enhance their PRRM capability and increase the likelihood of project success.
Originality/value – The authors provide insights into how PRRM is practiced at the project operations level where PM is outsourced. These insights lead to three pathways of impactful OM/PM scholarship and research, namely: 1) how PM deliverables act as a Key Success Factor for effective PRRM, 2) how the duality of roles carried out by PM actors influences PRMM practices, 3) how companies innovate to enhance their PRMM capability. These pathways will enable PM research and scholarship to address disconnects between PRMM strategy and operations and hence go beyond answering “what” PRMM is to encompass “how” it is implemented.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Project management; outsourced projects; project relationships; risk management; project operations; key success factors; project management deliverables; 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing; 1507 Transportation and Freight Services; Business & Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2023 09:55
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023 12:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/IJOPM-08-2022-0484
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18637
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