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Trends in Project Management 1966 – 2015.

Biggins, D., Truelove, L. and Lawlor-Wright, T., 2016. Trends in Project Management 1966 – 2015. In: BAM 2016: Thriving in turbulent times, 6-8 September 2016, Newcastle University, England.

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This study charts the trends and changing emphases in project management in the last 50 years. A quantitative, positivistic study, using frequency analysis and 116,202 records from online databases, this paper uses a priori categories to search for project management keywords in the period 1966 to 2015. The key findings were that the categories of project management methods, project success and stakeholder management were likely to see an increase as the topics for publications but that the remaining 13 categories were expected to feature in fewer publications in alignment with the reduction in project management publications generally. The paper provides data on citations in project management publications and lists the 30 most cited authors in project management. It is intended that this paper will be of benefit to those studying project management, to academics who work in this sphere and to others interested in this subject area.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Project management ; meta analysis ; research trends ; bibliometrics
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:24268
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:27 Jun 2016 15:29
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:56


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