Title: Project management standards: strategic success factor for projects

Authors: Felix Hübner; Rebekka Volk; Frank Schultmann

Addresses: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe, Germany ' Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe, Germany ' Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), Hertzstraße 16, D-76187 Karlsruhe, Germany

Abstract: Several project management standards (PM standards) support project management (PM) to achieve project objectives. The selection of an appropriate PM standard is a strategic decision that should be made very carefully because of its great impact on project success. The aim of this study is to analyse and compare different PM standards and to recommend how the most appropriate PM standard for specific projects can be identified. This study provides a description and a comparison of the most widely-accepted PM standards. Advantages and shortcomings of these PM standards are described and Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method is presented to identify the most appropriate PM standard. Furthermore, MCDM method is used for the case study 'dismantling of nuclear power plants' to illustrate the applicability and usefulness of the proposed approach.

Keywords: project management; project management standard; strategic success factor; strategic decision; strategic management; multiple criteria decision making; ISO 21500; DIN 69901; PMBOK-Guide; ICB; individual competence baseline; PRINCE2.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMP.2018.095145

International Journal of Management Practice, 2018 Vol.11 No.4, pp.372 - 399

Received: 07 Jan 2017
Accepted: 24 Jan 2018

Published online: 02 Jul 2018 *

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