Modern Project Management

(ISSN: 2317-3963)

Insights From the Field: Project Execution Success and Failure

Tracey M. Richardson
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide United States
James W. Marion
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University United States
Vittal S. Anantatmula
Western Carolina University United States
James R. Gibson
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University United States


Project execution plays a decisive role in project success, but past research did not focus on the project manager’s perspective of what needs to be accomplished to achieve success. In this study, the authors used qualitative techniques to look for reoccurring themes related to 44 project managers’ responses to interview questions associated with successful project execution and failed project execution. The study found that despite the project management profession growth, professional associations’ efforts, and their professional development endeavors, project management execution seems to be concerned with what has happened versus what is happening in a project. This study provides a conceptual framework for project execution success strategies that have implications for project management training and mentoring.

Keywords: Project Execution ,Project Failure ,Triple Constraint ,Project Communication ,



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