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Improving uncertainty management in projects by collaborating in an inter-organizational research project

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Improving uncertainty management in projects by collaborating in an inter-organizational research project

Authors: Siva Ekambaram, Agnar Johansen, Linda C. Hald,

Presented at the 12th EURAM conference, 2012, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract:

Research projects play an increasingly important role in learning and knowledge creation in organizations. Inter-organizational collaborative research projects provide opportunities for organizations to collaborate with each other along with researchers, and contribute to finding ways to improve their work practices as well as the norms that guide their practices. This paper present how a collaborative research project on uncertainty management (called Practical uncertainty management in a project owner perspective – in short the PUS-project) contributed to produce positive results both in the theoretical and practical fronts. In this regard, this paper describes instances and achievements that demonstrate how the participating organizations developed their competence in managing uncertainty in projects.

This paper is based on several studies that adopted various methods (qualitative and quantitative) in connection with the PUS-project.