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An analysis of the management of a public sector project: a systems-based case study

Walker, A. and Hughes, W. ORCID: (1987) An analysis of the management of a public sector project: a systems-based case study. In: CIB W 65 Int Symp on the Organization and Management of Construction, 7-10 September 1987, London, pp. 72-80.

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The management of a public sector project is analysed using a model developed from systems theory. Linear responsibility analysis is used to identify the primary and key decision structure of the project and to generate quantitative data regarding differentiation and integration of the operating system, the managing system and the client/project team. The environmental context of the project is identified. Conclusions are drawn regarding the project organization structure's ability to cope with the prevailing environmental conditions. It is found that the complexity of the managing system imposed on the project was unable to achieve this and created serious deficiencies in the outcome of the project.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:4251
Uncontrolled Keywords:systems theory, project management, case study, public sector
Publisher:London: Spon

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