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Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 2016, 6(1), 25-52

 

Recent Trends in Theory Use and Application within the Project Management Discipline

 

Nathan Johnson1, Todd Creasy2, and Yang Fan3

1Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Management & Project Management, Western Carolina University, 104 Forsyth, Cullowhee, NC, 28723. E-mail: nathan.johnson@wcu.edu (corresponding author).

2Associate Professor, School of Economics, Management & Project Management, Western Carolina University, 104 Forsyth, Cullowhee, NC, 28723. E-mail: rtcreasy@email.wcu.edu

3Associate Professor, School of Economics, Management & Project Management, Western Carolina University, 104 Forsyth, Cullowhee, NC, 28723. E-mail: yfan@email.wcu.edu

 

Project Management

 

Received September 16, 2015; received revision November 16, 2015; accepted on November 21, 2015

 

Available online January 16, 2016

 

Abstract: The following paper highlights the theories used to further project management (PM) research spanning the 15 year time period of 1999-2013. The analysis examined 273 articles drawn from seven widely recognized PM journals with the aim of uncovering the most utilized theories in the discipline’s academic investigations. The review found these theories to be: Stakeholder Theory (ST), Fuzzy Sets Theory (FST), Utility Theory (UT), Theory of Constraints (TOC), and Actor-Network Theory (ANT). This collection of theories represents a diverse group of thought constituting a large portion of the PM literature’s theoretical foundations. Both UT and TOC have diminished in popularity while ANT and ST have improved in favor; FST has remained consistent in its use. The appendix to this manuscript includes a “ready reference” of all the theories utilized in PM research found within the reviewed journal outlets from the 15 year review period.

 

Keywords: Theory review, actor-network, fuzzy sets, constraints, stakeholder, utility.

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Citation: Johnson, N., Creasy, T., and Fan, Y. (2016). Recent Trends in Theory Use and Application within the Project Management Discipline. Journal of Engineering, Project, and Production Management, 6(1), 25-52.

DOI: 10.32738/JEPPM.201601.0004

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