Discussions and Lessons Learned from three iterative and longitudinal studies aiming to optimize the identification and analysis process for stakeholders within a project context
project relationshipProject management research has evolved significantly over the past few decades. Traditionally based on positivism and quantitative approaches, work in the field has gradually expanded to include qualitative interpretative approaches (Biedenbach & Müller, 2011). However, the development of new insights seems to have bypassed several key areas within project management, including stakeholder management. Progress relating to this topic could have a theoretical and pragmatic impact. The work of Achterkamp and Vos (2007) and Jepsen and Eskerod (2009), focusing on stakeholders as a key factor in success, has driven interest in this aspect of project management among academics. The result of this data analysis is that researchers have been able to define several observations and questions with the aim of optimizing the complex process discussed by Bourne and Walker (2006).