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APM Research Summary Series

APM's Research Summary Series provide practitioner-friendly summaries drawn from published articles from the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM). The research summary series play a key role in helping to disseminate cutting-edge research for practitioners. These summaries will benefit:

  • Learned practitioners who are keen to better understand cutting-edge research who are often time poor, they may sometimes struggle with the academic language contained in journal papers and may also lack access to academic journals.
  • Students who may struggle with academic papers in the first instance might use the papers as a ‘stepping stone’ to better understanding the full papers.
Macroeconomic effects of firm-level project work
While there is much evidence that project-based work can be an effective and productive way of achieving economic outputs at firm level, there has remained a lack of knowledge about the effects on an overall economy of firms transitioning from non-project to project work (‘projectification’).

Practices, projects and portfolios: Current research trends and new directions

This paper evaluates different approaches to researching project portfolio management (PPM), the activity that links strategy with hands-on project management.

The impact of women’s representation on performance in project-based and non-project-based organisations

Results of this study show that the level of global project team members’ CQ-motivation significantly moderates how role clarity mediates the relationship between communication norms and individual job performance and satisfaction. 

Global virtual teams for value creation and project success: A case study

The case study has found that as workers become more accustomed to virtual team-working, many of the anticipated difficulties become increasingly unimportant for their performance.

Success conditions for international development capacity building projects

This article examines the research question: what are the conditions that enable international development capacity building project success?

Exploring the dynamics of project management office and portfolio management co-evolution: A routine lens

This paper supports extant literature on the dynamic evolutionary nature of PMOs, adding to the literature through the analytical lens of routines, which enrich our conceptualisation of project management offices (PMOs) and portfolio management (PfM).

Championing and promoting innovation in UK megaprojects

This paper is about the role of innovation champions and the ways innovation is or was championed and promoted in five construction megaprojects in London: 2012 Olympics, Crossrail railway, the underground Bank Station Upgrade, Thames Tideway Tunnel and High Speed Two (HS2).

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Why we created the APM Research Summary Series

APM conducted a research consultation to establish the main challenges and opportunities faced by key stakeholder groups. One of the three main priority areas focused on disseminating cutting-edge research for practitioners. 

It was appreciated that a large body of research already existed but often the formats, length and language wasn’t that accessible to non-academics. APM has responded by re-purposing selected articles in order to help meet these practitioner needs.

How are the summaries selected and what is the importance of feedback?

Summaries might be selected for a number of reasons: they support APM’s research themes or priorities, they are currently one of the most cited or downloaded papers featured in the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM), or APM has received suggestions from members or from the wider project management community to produce a practitioner paper based on a current IJPM paper or subject.

We would very much like to hear from you around your thoughts on any summary paper(s) you may read – how did you find it? Was it useful?  How did you use the paper? What papers or areas would you like to see in the future? Your feedback and insight is important to us as we would like to pass this onto the original author(s).

How are the summaries produced?

Summaries are produced by experienced technical writers who have a proven track record of converting academic text for public audiences in conjunction with the original academic author(s) where possible.

Each summary paper includes the opportunity for the original authors to include a short paragraph around how the subject matter contained has moved on, or whether there is anything practitioners should be aware of since the original article was published, if relevant.

For more information, please contact APM research manager Daniel Nicholls