A Contingency Approach to Designing Project Organizations: Theory and Tools
Engineering Project Organization Journal
Many firms have increasingly come to rely on projects as a fundamental approach to organizing work. Yet understanding the best way to organize projects is a challenge, given the various contingencies that impact project success. We focus here on three contingency-based project organization design tools (the design structure matrix, OrgCon™ and SimVision™) that help to manage project complexity and ensure project success by identifying misfits or misalignments between organizational elements. We discuss the application of these models to a large National Aeronautics and Space Administration project as an example. We conclude with a consideration of how the existing tools are useful, and where they fall short.
Carroll, T. N.,
Burton, R. M.
A Contingency Approach to Designing Project Organizations: Theory and Tools.
Engineering Project Organization Journal, 2, 5–14.